This program is about your future.
In the old paradigm, engineering often seemed independent of people. But today's engineering takes people into account.
We've learnt this from the explosion of successful start-ups. Your aspirations affect the kind of engineering you do.
This course will introduce you to a range of theories/phenomena drawn from the business and start-up engineering spheres and invite you to practice this in your life. The stuff from books is not examinable. However the value is in your ability to intensively interrogate the boundaries of your personal and professional capabilities with this new-found knowledge.
This is a course for anyone and everyone. Regardless of engineering discipline, skill, age, language and personality - this program demands from its participants a fierce commitment to their learning and development.
That may all sound and feel strange right now: by the end of the course, it won't.
Solving real world problems
You will be part of a project team addressing an "opportunity-oriented" challenge.
This may be a challenge presented by a company or a start-up idea from one of your colleagues.
These are real world challenges. We have examples of past students who have nurtured their projects into successful business. Some have become lifestyle businesses that reflect their founder’s passions.
Past students who have been on the journey will come and share their experiences with you.
Work with project mentors
Project mentors will help you to stay on track and can also provide contacts to speak with as well as insight into the best processes to resolve challenges.
Use online platform
We've also developed some pretty neat real-time online tools to help your team to thrive.
Participate in workshops
You'll do pre-study before each workshop (replacing standard lectures) so you can apply what you've learned. Because these are workshops, you'll need to be present to get the most benefit: missing them will make it difficult for you and your colleagues.
By the end of the course ...
You'll have a plan to show the technical and operational value you have created. You will have gained skill in mentoring. You will also have built relationships that you might find valuable in many ways…. Getting a job, starting a business, finding an internship or just having fun :)
Just Tell Me What to Do to Get the Marks
Throw the need to hunt marks out the window. This subject does not reward the traditional mark hunting mindset. There is no curve fitting. This subject is about allowing you to experience authentic applications of engineering in the real world. Your decision to engage as much as possible with all tasks in the subject is highly conducive to your success in it. You will get rewarded by collaborating in your project, putting in the time at workshops throughout the course of the semester, and by thinking critically outside the box. There will be around 25 people, most from industry, in the room. These are the sorts of people whose companies hire engineers. They can guide you on what industry needs in a graduate beyond marks.
However, to give you an idea of the workload involved, here are some of the tasks you will be expected to complete:
- Collaborate on a project: Through this subject you will have the opportunity to bid for a place in a project. You will collaborate with industry professionals and peers on creating value for a real project, presented by a local or multinational company.
- Turn in weekly reflections regarding your future aspirations.
- Participate in lectures.
- Step into the mindset of a successful contributor to company success through you the way you engage in the project.