Support for Core Curriculum Components and Graduate Attributes

The EWB Challenge integrates into existing semester one and two courses for first-year engineering students. Therefore, the program has been designed to support core curriculum components relevant to first-year engineering students.

The EWB Challenge supports a wide spectrum of core curriculum components including the following:

  • Introduction to the engineering design process;
  • Developing communication skills via reports and presentations;
  • Introduction to team roles, teamwork and team dynamics;
  • A hands-on design project, including reverse engineering; and
  • Ethical, professional and sustainability considerations in engineering practice.

The EWB Challenge also promotes a range of key generic attributes for engineering graduates. Key attributes include:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large;
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member;
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development;
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development; and
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them.

[Adopted from 'Changing the Culture: Engineering Education into the Future', 1996]