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A number of units delivered externally by the School of Engineering and Information Technology require on campus attendance during mid-semester breaks.

The residential program enables students to complete practical aspects of the unit which require specialist facilities or materials, and to meet professional practice requirements set by external accreditation bodies.

Attendance at the residential activity by externally enrolled students is mandatory.

Non-attendance will result in an 'F' (Fail) grade for the unit, regardless of the mark scored for the rest of the unit. Learn more about scoring.

Purpose of Residential Schools

Residential Schools are essential to complement the on-line delivery of CDU's Engineering and IT programs. The Residential Schools:

  • ensure that essential practical and laboratory skills, which cannot be obtained through simulation or off-campus experimentation, are covered;
  • expose students to professional practice through field trips or presentations by practising engineers;
  • enhance student-to-student and staff-to-student interaction to foster an effective learning environment, both on- and off-campus;
  • assist students to develop generic skills in team-work, collaboration and communication; and
  • encourage students' sense of connection with the institution and their peers, which contributes to student retention, student satisfaction with the program and builds a sense of community.

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The residential activity consists of practical/laboratory tasks related to the unit of study as well as professional development. Unit-specific activities may include (subject to change, refer to Unit Outline and/or Learnline for updates):

Unit CodeUnit NameActivity
ENG212Mechanics of Solids
  • Preparation of and use of strain gauges
  • Thermally induced stress
  • Torsional stresses in a statically indeterminate system
  • Pressure vessels
  • Deflection of beams
ENG215Surveying and Construction
  • Introduction to surveying instruments
  • Levelling traverse
  • Building set out exercise
  • Beam and column behaviour
ENG221Analogue Electronics
  • Diode applications
  • MOSFET characteristics
  • MOSFET amplifiers
  • BJT amplifiers
  • Workshop practice
ENG223Electrical Circuit Analysis
  • RC and RL low pass filter circuits
  • RC and RL high pass filter circuits
  • Bandpass filters
ENG224Electrical Machines and Power Systems
  • Transformers - DC machines
  • Three phase induction machines
  • Synchronous machines
  • Casting laboratory
  • Robotic welding laboratory
  • CNC laboratory
ENG247Fluid and Thermodynamics
  • Hydraulic bench experiments
  • Venturi meter
  • Jet reaction
  • Major friction losses in a small diameter pipe system
  • Head losses in pipe systems
  • Slot car laboratory
  • Bungee laboratory
  • Trifilar laboratory 
ENG267Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics
  • Open channel flow
  • Sieve analysis
  • Moisture content determination
  • Atterberg limits
  • Compaction & direct shear test
  • Triaxial test
  • Permeability test
ENG364Materials Engineering
  • Bolt testing
  • Tensile testing
  • Hardness and impact testing
  • Corrosion measurements
  • Workshop practice
ENG405Integrated Design Part A
  • Teamwork on design project
ENG406Integrated Design Part B
  • Teamwork on design project
ENG424Power Engineering
  • Energy generation laboratory
  • Energy conversion laboratory
  • Energy transmission and fault detection and recovery laboratory
ENG432Dynamics of Engineering Systems
  • Single degree of freedom experiment
  • Multi degree of freedom experiment
  • Machine condition monitoring experiment
  • Distributed systems experiment 
ENG441Separation Processes
  • Absorption experiment
  • Distillation experiment
  • Liquid-liquid extraction experiment
  • Liquid-solid extraction experiment
  • Drying experiment
ENG442Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Calorimetry experiment
  • Cryoscopy experiment
  • Chemical equilibrium experiment
  • Vapor-liquid equilibrium experiment
ENG445Process Control and Simulation
  • PID tuning of processes
  • Cascade, feedback and feed-forward control of flow
  • Pressure control 
ENG466Design of Concrete Structures
  • Test of various concrete mixtures
  • Testing of beams for bending and shear strength
ENG469Structural Analysis
  • Practical aspects of load testing of structures
  • Structural response of statically determinate structures to applied load
ENG474Power Systems Analysis
  • Performance of an alternator connected to an infinite bus
  • Load flow study using commercial software
ENG476Control Systems
  • Modelling of a DC servo motor
  • Proportional feedback control
  • Position and velocity feedback control
  • Lead compensator design
  • PID control
ENG480Applied Fluid Mechanics
  • Composite flow in a nozzle
  • Wind tunnel introductory experiments
  • Form drag wind tunnel experiment
  • Exposure to professional practice
ENG482Engines and Turbomachinery
  • Investigation of a Honda stationary engine
  • Investigation of a Ford 4.0l I6
ENG487HVAC Systems
  • Cooling tower laboratory
  • Tray dryer laboratory
  • HVAC design project
HIT332Embedded and Mobile Systems
  • Schematic design concepts
  • Getting started with FPGA Design
  • FPGA instruments
  • Nanoboard project
PRT507System Design Part A
  • Teamwork on design project
PRT508System Design Part B
  • Teamwork on design Project

It is not recommended that any student attempts more than two external units with a residential program in one semester. 

The residential program will be held during the mid-semester study period (for dates, refer to Important Dates).

Residential sessions will be held at Casuarina campus in Building Purple 2, 4 and/or 12.

The Casuarina campus map (PDF 820KB) provides further directions. Please refer to the Learnline site of your unit for further information about dates, times and room for the residential activity of your unit.

The timetable for residential activity can be found on the centrally published University Timetable by unit code.

Laboratories require enclosed footwear. Other requirements may also apply, refer to the Learnline site of your unit.

Find out more about information regarding airlines, airport shuttle buses and other airport information.

As a student you will need to organise your own travel and accommodation, it is recommended that this is done as soon as possible. Suitable accommodation may be difficult to arrange in Darwin, especially during the peak tourist season.

Find out more about accommodation on and off campus at CDU, or go to Accommodation Darwin to find out more about other accommodation in Darwin.

Information about Darwin bus routes and timetables.

There are several taxi services available in Darwin, such as Blue Taxi Company (13 82 94) and Darwin Radio Taxi (131 008). A taxi rank is located outside the airport, as well as at Casuarina Square and in Darwin city.

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