How it Works

The ChallENG Program offers multidisciplinary projects that students need to apply and/or enrol to join. This is an opportunity to work on an exciting, real-world project. 

Earn academic credit or Industrial Training

The projects in The ChallENG Program run as an assessment based for-credit-elective or may be eligible for Industrial Training. Look out for ✔ Industrial Training or ✔ Credit when exploring the ChallENG projects on offer.

The ChallENG Program is an elective course

As the ChallENG program is an elective course, we encourage you to save your first-year elective for years two or three of your degree. This way you will have room in your program to join one of these exciting projects.

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

  • VIP are available to undergraduate engineering students from second year who have completed 42 UoC and Engineering Masters students who have completed at least 18 UoC at UNSW 
  • Before applying, make sure that you have enough room in your degree to do this elective. Request a progress check if you're unsure
  • The courses run across three consecutive terms in 2020: T1,2 and 3 (2 UoC per Term) for a total of 6 UoC at the end, which enables students to extend their project-based learning experience beyond a single semester
  • Students may overload to 20 UoC per Term is they wish
  • You are welcome to reapply to remain in your team for the remainder of your degree and progress through the VIP courses ENGG2600, ENGG3600 and ENGG4600 if you have enough elective space in your degree.  
  • 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, but as it is over three terms, the workload per term is lighter. Partial credits will not be given
  • Subject to approval, you may be able to utilise a VIP Project as your fourth-year Thesis topic

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 2020 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

VIP for Masters Students

If you're a Master student, you can participate in the ChallENG program via the ENGG4600 course code (subject to approval) as an elective. You may also be able to do this as a Thesis Project.

Students must complete all three terms to receive a grade for their 6 units of credit. If you don’t complete the course, no credit will be awarded.

Social Impact and Student Projects

  • You can get involved in Social Impact or Student Projects from your second year of engineering studies
  • Each project is marked on the project brief showing if the project offers academic credit or Industrial Training - lookout for ✔ Industrial Training or  ✔ Credit
  • Unfortunately, these projects are not open to Postgraduate students
  • You can join multiple teams at one time, but only receive Industrial Training for a maximum of 30 days of Non-Traditional IT placement (EWH Summer Institute Program qualifies for 45 days)
  • To get Industrial Training credit, you need to belong to a team for two terms and meet certain criteria signed-off by your academic supervisor

Engineering Education Festival

At the end of the year, ChallENG teams are invited to attend the Engineering Education Festival and network with industry.