Engineering Practice 5: Engineering Design with Constraints

Technology must be effectively interfaced with society and the environment to succeed. Overarching social and environmental constraints are applied, including impact assessment and efficiency analysis tools. Project based learning is undertaken on the sustainable design of a consumer product underpinned by appropriate technical knowledge.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.




Course planning information

Course notes

To pass the course students must achieve at least 40% in all assessment components.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

Corequisite courses

Complete at the same time
281384 or 280341 or 287342

You need to complete the corequisite course or courses listed above at the same time as doing this one.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 200-level before enrolling in 300-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Apply social constraints and interactions to technological design. These include ethics, appropriate technology, health and safety (e.g. HAZOP) and legal implications including Treaty of Waitangi obligations, liability and duty of care.
  • 2 Apply environmental constraints and interactions to technological design. These include discharge of pollutants to air and water; noise; climate change; depletion of physical and energy resources; environmental law and regulation.
  • 3 Apply principles of life cycle thinking and life cycle analysis as a guide to design refinement.
  • 4 Specify, design, prototype and develop a manufacturing scale-up proposal of a complex engineering system that is of acceptable quality, fit for purpose and fulfills the 'life cycle' obligations.
  • 5 Employ CAD and engineering simulation software to analyse and design critical components of the system under consideration.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 5%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 3 4 5 15%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 20%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 3 4 5 10%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 25%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 3 4 5 25%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

There are no set texts for this course.