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Engineering Problem Solving Principles

29 Mar
University of Southern Queensland
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
Course Number: ENG1004 Course Name: Engineering Problem Solving Principles
Assessment No:
2
Internal
External
This Assessment carries 300 of the 1000 marks total
for this Course.
Examiner: Dr Steven Goh Moderator: AProf Tony Ahfock
Assignment: Assignment 2 (A2) –Interim Report
Date Given:
Dates Due:
March 2018
30 April 2018
Penalty for Late
Submission:
15 marks per day late
for five (5) days, then
loss of all marks.
Assignments are to be submitted electronically, using the link provided on StudyDesk. Marked
assignments will be returned via the StudyDesk grades and feedback system.
17 page limit excluding
references and title page.
Use only *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf formats to submit A2.
Please use the naming convention:
A2-Team-XX-Site_ZZ-LastName.pdf
where:
XX is your Team/Workgroup number; ZZ is the Dataset or site name; and LastName is your last
(family) name
.
By submitting this assignment, you agree to the following Student Declaration:
I hereby certify that no part of this assignment has been copied from any other student’s work or from
any other source except where due acknowledgement is made in the assignment. No part of this
assignment has been written for me by any other person except where such collaboration has been
authorised by the Examiner concerned.
Any non USQ copyright material used herein is reproduced under the provision of Section 200(1)(b) of the copyright Amendment Act 1980

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1. Overview
Assignment 2 (A2) is an Interim Report made up of two parts:
Part A: Statistical Analysis (100 marks)
Part B: Research in Engineering Factors (200 marks)
The purpose of A2 is to ensure that each student has considered all aspects of the problem
and is able to make informed decisions based on the facts and data available. The findings
from Part A and B of this report will be used to justify decision making for the final location
and concept design of the solution to be covered in a later assignment.
2. Part A: Statistical Analysis (100 marks)
Write a short report describing the climatic conditions experienced across the
specified sites from the data provided. Your report should be no more than
seven (7) pages, including the most appropriate charts/graphs, descriptions
and interpretations.
INSTRUCTIONS: As a team, assign each team member one (1) dataset for analysis (provided on
Studydesk). Each team member must analyse a different dataset individually based on the
techniques learned in the statistics tutorials. Note that each dataset contains data from three
locations for comparison. Include the following sections in the report:
A1 Average Rainfall (15 marks)
Use appropriate descriptive numerical summaries to describe the main features of the average
monthly rainfall for each location separately. Use an appropriate graphical summary to describe the
distribution of average rainfall across all sites and months combined (i.e. use one graph for all
‘average rainfall’ data). Graphical summary is to be supported by interpretive comments.
A2 Average Wind Gust (15 marks)
Use appropriate descriptive numerical summaries to describe the main features of the average
monthly wind gust for each site separately. Use an appropriate graphical summary to describe the
distribution of average wind gust across all sites and months combined (i.e. use one graph for all
‘average wind gust’ data). Graphical summary is to be supported by interpretive comments.
A3 Number of Rain Days (15 marks)
Construct a frequency table of the total number of rain days for each site and construct a bar graph
of these data. Use both to describe the data, and comment on its interpretation.
A4 Number of Windy Days (15 marks)
Construct a frequency table of the total number of windy days for each site and construct a bar
graph of these data. Use both to describe the data, and comment on its interpretation.

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A5 Number of Cloudy Days (15 marks)
Construct a frequency table of the total number of cloudy days for each site and construct a bar
graph of this data. Use both to describe the data, and comment on its interpretation.
A6 Temperature Range (15 marks)
Create a new variable and calculate the ‘temperature range’ for each month at each site. Produce a
histogram and calculate the Range, Median, and interquartile range (IQR) of this data and use this
information to describe the distribution of ‘temperature range’.
A7 Implications for Possible Solutions and the Project Delivery Plan (10 marks)
In three or four paragraphs indicate how the previous analyses may influence decision making with
regards to the possible solutions and project delivery.
3. Part B: Research in Engineering Factors (200 marks)
Write a report investigating the important factors and considerations related
to a specific location for the potential project and how they may influence
the decision making of an engineer. Your report should be no more than ten
(10) pages and include in-text references and a reference list to Harvard
AGPS.
INSTRUCTIONS:
As a team, assign each team member one (1) potential site location that corresponds to that used in
part A. Each team member must research a different location.
Reference to appropriate literature will be required (with in-text referencing) to show the quality and
depth of research, and that the context and constraints of the problem are firmly grounded in factual
research. References could include: statistical data, information, formula, guides and/or standards.
These should be also listed in a reference list at the end of the report. Include the following sections
in the report:
B1 – Construction Factors and Impacts (40 Marks)
This part includes the investigation and identification of the construction factors that should be
considered for the problem. These
may include:



construction labour and equipment options
impact of the weather may have on construction
any other determined by the group

B2 – Civil/Structural Engineering Factors (40 Marks)
This part includes the investigation and identification of the Civil Engineering principles
including relevant influencing factors that relate to the problem. These factors
may be
associated with the following:
Geotechnical and foundation design
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types of structures and material options
any other determined by the group

B3 – Electrical Engineering Factors (40 Marks)
This part includes the investigation and identification of the Electrical Engineering principles
including relevant influencing factors, parameters and constraints that relate to the
problem. These factors
may be associated with the following:



alternative energy sources
energy storage options
any other determined by the group

B4 – Mechanical Engineering Factors (40 Marks)
This part includes the investigation and identification of the Mechanical Engineering principles
including relevant influencing factors, parameters and constraints that relate to the problem. These
factors
may be associated with the following:



mechanical devices
Water storage options
Any other determined by the group

Please note that the subheadings/bullet points are suggestions only and you should determine what
factors are relevant and relate to the problem.
4. Formatting: Title Page and References
Include a title page at the front of the report with all student, team, assignment and course
information. Use headings to divide sections and keep them in the order prescribed here.
All investigations and identifications must be justified with researched literature that has been
cited correctly
in-text and in the reference list to Harvard AGPS style. As a guide, we expect at
least one reference for each fact that is claimed which corresponds to at least 20 overall for part B
of the assignment.
https://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing/harvard-agps-referencing-guide
5. Submission Notes – USQ Policy


All assignments for this course are to be submitted electronically via the StudyDesk:
Late assignments are not normally accepted unless there are health, family, or work-related

difficulties. If you wish to apply for consideration for late submission, it must be done at least
one week prior to the due date in writing or via email. Include documentary evidence of illness
(a medical certificate) or additional work commitments (a written confirmation of changed work
circumstances from your supervisor). For extension applications for other reasons, please
contact the examiner at least 2 weeks in advance of the due date.
All submissions will be processed via Turnitin. Students are reminded of the penalties applying
to
plagiarism, collusion, and cheating. Copying all or part of an assessment from another
student, or from the web, is unacceptable. Care must be taken to reference all sources correctly.
Plagiarism may result in loss of marks, or other penalties as determined by the Academic
Integrity Policy and Procedure.

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6. Resources
Links to some resources are provided below but are only a starting place. You should search out
other resources as required.
The USQ Library has access to many databases for research as well as information on referencing
and plagiarism:
https://library.usq.edu.au/
Australian Bureau of Meteorology (2018):
http://www.bom.gov.au/
Australian Bureau of Statistics (2018):
http://www.abs.gov.au/
Australian Institute of Building (2018):
http://www.aib.org.au/
Engineers Australia (2018):
http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/
7. Reference List
Australian Bureau of Meteorology, 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, viewed 23/2/2018,
<http://www.bom.gov.au/&gt;.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2018, Australian Bureau of Statistics, viewed 23/2/2018,
<http://www.abs.gov.au/&gt;.
Australian Institute of Building 2018, Australian Institute of Building, viewed 23/2/2018,
<http://www.aib.org.au/&gt;.
Engineers Australia 2018,
Engineers Australia, viewed 23/2/2018,
<http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/&gt;.

 
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