General

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) are unique project-based learning opportunities where UNSW Engineering students can apply what they have learnt in their degrees to a real-world engineering research project. These will be ongoing long-term projects where students will have the potential to stay on for multiple years.

Visit the VIP overview page for more information.

The VIP course codes are: ENGG2600, ENGG3600 and ENGG4600 each are worth 6 UoC. They are assessment-based and are elective courses. The courses run across three consecutive terms in 2020: T1,2 and 3 (2 UoC per Term) which enables students to extend their project-based learning experience beyond a single semester. Students can enrol to 20 UoC per term without having to apply for overload approval. 

Students must have adequate academic performance to be accepted into VIP Courses

VIP is available to undergraduate engineering students from second year who have completed the following UoC by T1 2020: 

Second-year - ENGG2600 = 42UoC

Third-year - ENGG3600 = 72UoC

Fourth-year - ENGG4600 = 114UoC 

For more information on how it works for students click here

Visits the UNSW handbook for more course details: (note the handbook is not updated with the correct minimum UoC for each course) 

The ChallENG Program is the overarching framework connecting students, academics and companies via four project-based learning initiatives. VIP is one of these initiatives.  

No VIP does not count as Industrial Training. 

Some other projects in THE ChallENG Program may be eligible for Industrial Training. Each project will be marked on the project brief showing if the project offers academic credit or Industrial Training - View the projects listing here. 

More info on earning academic credit or Industrial Training can be found here.

Courses ENGG2600, ENGG3600 and ENGG4600 run across three consecutive terms. These courses are ongoing long-term projects that run for a  minimum of three years. Some of the projects may continue for many years.  

UNSW expects students to spend a minimum of 150 hours to successfully complete a 6 UOC course like VIP. You will have at least 1 contact hour per week of team meetings. It is suggested to use at least 4 hours per week devoted to collaborative working time, professional development workshops, assessments, and working on your assigned deliverables.

Remember the courses are assessment based..NO EXAMS!

If a student wishes, they can overload to 20 UoC per term. 

For more information on how it works for students click here 

Visits the UNSW handbook for more course details:

 

     

 

 

VIP is a single continuous project that runs within a single calendar year (T1-T3), and students correspondingly enrol into a 2UoC VIP course in all three terms to match that. Projects are self-contained within a particular year so to make all the organisation and commitments that support them easier to manage.

The census date for VIP is not the same as those published for other courses. The census date for it is the Sunday at the end of week 1 in Term 2. If you find that you need to withdraw from VIP after the census date for T1 but before Week 1 in Term 2 please email challeng@unsw.edu.au for assistance as you will not be able to unenroll from T1 on your own.

If you do not complete all three terms of enrolment in VIP (i.e. 3x2UoC) you will not be awarded any credit. If you had an EC grade for the first one or two terms and then do not complete the final term(s) the EC grade(s) will be changed to FL (Fale) instead. If you are considering dropping VIP mid-year please talk to us before taking any action.

Each term of enrolment in VIP is worth 2UoC. If you are completing 18UoC of other courses in the same term(s) as well as VIP you will be taking 20UoC. For students in Faculty of Engineering degrees the maximum UoC you can take before having to apply for overload is set at 20UoC rather than 18UoC. This means that you can take VIP courses without having to ask for approval to overload.

As VIP involves face to face teaching it is not recommended for distance study (online).

NOTE: Your VIP project academic and the VIP Academic Director may approve distance study under special circumstances for a single Term.

Generally, VIP requires students to be present to participate with their team, so exchange and VIP are incompatible.

NOTE: Your VIP project academic and the VIP Academic Director may approve distance study under special circumstances for a single Term.

UNSW charges tuition fees on a unit of credit (UOC) basis by individual units of study in a course. You will be charged 2 UOC in each term for each of the VIP courses.

VIP courses are weighted the same as other Engineering courses are for Honours calculations (2x for Level 2, 3x for Level 3, and 4x for Level 4)

Yes absolutely! All the students, academics, industry and alumni who participate in The ChallENG Program will be invited to the Engineering Education Festival at the end of every year. All the ChallENG projects will be on display, and it will be an excellent networking opportunity for companies to recruit the very best students and engage with UNSW’s innovative academics. 

Application and Team Formation

We welcome undergraduate UNSW Engineering students in their second year and above to apply for a VIP team.  

As these are elective courses, we encourage UG students to save their first-year elective for their second or third years.

Masters of Engineering Science (program 8338) can apply to participate in The Vertically Integrated Project Course ENGG4600 with approval from their engineering schools postgraduate coursework coordinator. 

Masters of Engineering (program 8621) and Masters of Information Technology (program 8543) cannot participate in the Vertically Integrated Projects Program. 

Students must have adequate academic performance to be accepted into VIP Courses

Engineering School contacts click here

 

View VIP Projects Here | Apply for a VIP team here

  1. Select a Vertically Integrated Project here
  2. Click on the 'Apply Now' on your selected project - you will need to login with your ZID@ad.unsw.edu.au email
  3. After applying, students will be invited by the VIP Projects lead academic to meet and discuss joining the team. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions about the project and how the team will function
  4. Students will then receive written confirmation if they have been accepted into the team
  5. Student Services will be notified the student has been accepted into a VIP team and Student Services will enrol the student into the relevant elective course that relates to the students year of study
  6. In November 2019, when the selected VIP team is formed there will be an info session. This will be an opportunity for students to meet their team-mates and receive more information about the VIP Program  before it starts in Term 1, 2020 

Masters of Engineering Science (program 8338) can apply to participate in The Vertically Integrated Project Course ENGG4600 with approval from their engineering schools postgraduate coursework coordinator. 

Masters of Engineering (program 8621) and Masters of Information Technology (program 8543) cannot participate in the Vertically Integrated Projects Program. 

Engineering School contacts click here

No, all project team members will go through the same application process and be chosen by the supervising academic team.

Yes, if you have electives available, you are welcome to reapply to your VIP team and continue working on the project for the remainder of your degree. Alternatively, you can apply for another project within the ChallENG Program.

Course Credit

You must complete your course and satisfy all assessment requirements as set out by the course coordinator to receive full course credit.

Partial credits will not be given.

Yes, you will receive a numerical mark and grade on your transcript upon successful completion of your course. 

Students are given assessment tasks each term. At the end of terms 1 and 2, if they are completing assessments and are on track to pass, the grade for VIP in those terms will be listed as EC, which stands for Enrolment Continuing. This does not have a mark but counts as a pass in terms of academic standing.

At the end of term 3 after all assessments are completed a final mark is calculated and added to the VIP course in Term 3. The enrolments in Term 1 and 2 are also updated with the final mark as well (the EC grade will remain). Overall the whole 6 UoC has a mark and counts towards your WAM.

The Vertically Integrated Projects Program has been approved by all UNSW Engineering Schools as a for-credit elective.  All students wanting to join a VIP team will need to 'Apply' for their chosen project. If you are accepted into a VIP Project,  the ChallENG team will liaise with your School Program Authority and inform you on how the VIP course will count towards your Engineering degree.

Yes, it does count towards your honours WAM.

View VIP Projects Here | Apply for a VIP team here

Students are given class permissions for all three terms and must enrol and remain enrolled in all three in order to successfully complete VIP and be awarded with 6 UoC – students who drop one or more terms or do not pass all three terms will receive no credit all.

If you need to apply for special consideration you should do the same as you would for any other UNSW course. If your application for special consideration is approved the nature of the substitute assessment or extension will depend on the project you are enrolled in.