How it works!

The ChallENG Program offers real-world multidisciplinary projects across fours pillars as assessment based for-credit-electives or Industrial Training.

The fours pillars of The ChallENG Program are: Vertically Integrated Projects, The Maker Games, Social Impact and Student Projects.

Students who are in second year and beyond from 2021 are eligible to apply for projects in The ChallENG Program. 

Medical Students: Only students who are in 3rd or 4th year (Independent Learning Project only for 4th years) in 2021 can apply for a VIP team. Medical students will enrol in VIP as General Education Electives    

All other non-engineering students from second year onwards in 2021 are welcome to apply for a project in The ChallENG Program as General Education Electives.  

Look out for ✔ Industrial Training or ✔ Credit when exploring the ChallENG projects on offer.

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Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

VIP is available to all undergraduate students from second year who have completed the following UoC by T1 2021: 

Second-year - ENGG2600 = 42 UoC

Third-year - ENGG3600 = 72 UoC

Fourth-year - ENGG4600 = 114 UoC 

  • For Engineering Students VIP course count as Discipline Electives
  • For non- engineering students VIP courses may be used as General Education Electives
  • If you are an international student you can only join a VIP team if the course doesn't affect the timeframe of your COE
  • The courses run across three consecutive terms in 2021: T1, 2 and 3 (2 UoC per Term) for a total of 6 UoC, which enables students to extend their project-based learning experience beyond a single semester
  • Students can enrol for up to 20 UoC per term if they wish without having to apply for overload approval 
  • Students WAM and academic performance will be taken into consideration when applying for a VIP project   
  • Students are welcome to reapply to remain in their team for the remainder of their degree and progress through the VIP courses ENGG2600, ENGG3600 and ENGG4600 providing there is enough elective space 
  • You can change to another VIP project at the end of your chosen course, but cannot change during the course   
  • You must complete assessment tasks each term to maintain your position on the team and for successful completion of the course. You will receive a numerical mark and grade on your transcript at the end of the course. The overall amount of assessment is equal to a standard 6 UoC course. Partial credits will not be given
  • Subject to approval, you may be able to utilise a VIP Project as your Thesis Project

Check out the VIP FAQ's for more information  | Check out all the VIP projects on offer 

VIP for Masters Students - School permission required first

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. Engineering school contacts

Masters of Engineering (program 8621) and Masters of Information Technology (program 8543) cannot participate in VIP 

The Maker Games

  • To enrol you need to complete 66 UoC if you’re an undergraduate student or 18 UoC if you’re a postgraduate student
  • To participate in The Maker Games, you must enrol in course ENGG3060
  • ENGG3060 (6 UoC) in 2021 will extend over two terms T2 and T3. This gives you the extra time to solve, design and build your Maker Games prototype
  • Your team will need to consist of multidisciplinary teams of 4-6 students
  • You can only participate in the Maker Games once throughout your degree 

Social Impact and Student Projects

Want to join a Student Project or Social Impact Team? Check out the Join a Team page!

  • Undergraduate students can get involved in Social Impact or Student Projects after your first year
  • Some of the Student Projects/Social Impact Projects are pre-authorised for a Non-Traditional Industrial Training placement. It is not guaranteed that all students that engage within the project will be eligible for Industrial Training. For more information on pre-authorised projects you can check out the FAQ section of the UNSW Engineering Industrial Training website or email eng.wil@unsw.edu.au 
  • You can join multiple project teams at one time, but only receive Non-Traditional Industrial Training for a maximum of 30 days * The Engineering World Health Summer Institute Program qualifies for 45 days of Traditional Industrial Training.