ELEC4710: Engineering Project A (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC4710: Engineering Project A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Shrivastava, Yash
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.ee.usyd.edu.au/project/index.html
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: [36 credits of 3rd year units of study].
Brief Handbook Description: Students will work individually or in groups on an assigned project for the Semester. The concepts covered depend on the nature of the project, but broadly cover research and inquiry, and information literacy. While recognising that some projects can be interdisciplinary in nature, it is the normal expectation that the students would do the project in their chosen area of specialisation, i.e. Power Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering students would do projects in the general area of Power, Telecommunications, Computer, and Software respectively.

This unit of study builds on the technical competencies introduced in the previous years. The project work is spread over two units (Engineering Project A and B). In Engineering Project A, students are required to plan and begin work on their project and roughly complete half the work required for the whole 'final year' project. In particular, it should include almost all the planning, literature review, and a significant proportion of the experimental or analytical work required of the project. The student will prepare a Progress Report at the end of semester detailing the context of the problem, relevant background research and progress to date. The progress at the end of Engineering Project A will be evaluated by the supervisor based on the thoroughness of the proposed program and the progress achieved during the semester. The student can only progress to Engineering Project B on attainment of a satisfactory result in Engineering Project A.

In Engineering Project B, the students are required to complete the remaining aspects of the project, present their results to their peers and academic staff in a seminar format, and prepare and submit a detailed Treatise.

The final grade is based on the work done in both Engineering Project A and B, and will be awarded upon successful completion of Engineering Project B.
Assumed Knowledge: This is a diverse subject like no other you have tackled before. You will be required to show significant self-motivation and initiative, and bring together all your wealth of knowledge gained over the past years in electrical engineering. I`m sure you`ll enjoy the challenge! Most students find it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of their time at The University. I hope you do too!
Additional Notes: Note that students require permission from the HOS to do both A and B units in the same Semester, and will have an accelerated assessment schedule.
Timetable: ELEC4710 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Project Work - own time 12.00 1 13

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Developed through the design and problems encountered in the specific project. Design (Level 3)
Depending on the project, the development of expertise specific to the discipline. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
The science and engineering fundamentals underpinning work on a project. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Searching for and assimilation of information relevant to the particular problems of the project. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Through interactions with supervisor(s), staff and other students, and through a seminar presentation of the work. Communication (Level 3)
Working on industry-relevant projects. Professional Conduct (Level 3)
Working with supervisor(s), staff and other students to manage project goals. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. Ability to formulate and plan a personal project investigating an engineering problem.
2. Originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical engineering issues.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
3. In-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
4. Ability to formulate an appropriate method for investigating a specific engineering question.
5. Ability to analyse data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
Communication (Level 3)
6. Ability to document and report project work undertaken in a professional format with appropriate referencing.
7. Ability to deliver a technical presentation that is clear, confident and engaging to an academic audience.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Proposal Yes 0.00 Week 4 1, 6,
2 Progress Report Yes 0.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4, 6,
3 Thesis No 60.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Presentation/Seminar No 20.00 Following Semester 3, 5,
5 Participation No 20.00 Following Semester 1,
Assessment Description: The five assessment components above are done across Engineering Project A and B together. The Proposal and Progress report are submitted as part of Project A. The Thesis and Presentation are for delivery during Project B. The Participation mark (20%) is for work in both parts, Project A and B. The mark is for project management performance in the project as a whole.

The results achieved in Project B count for Project A as well. Since Capstone Project is a year long task, the final results for Project A are only recorded at the end of the year, on completing Project B. A temporary UC result will be returned for this unit until results for thesis are obtained. Engineering Project A and Engineering Project B will then be given the same result.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 2 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 3 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 4 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Submission of Topic Proposal.
Assessment Due: Proposal
Week 5 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 6 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 7 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 8 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 9 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 10 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 11 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 12 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 13 Submission of Progress Report.
Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Assessment Due: Progress Report
Following Semester Assessment Due: Thesis
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Assessment Due: Participation

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Computer Engineering 2010
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Commerce 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Medical Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Law 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2010

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 40%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 20%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 30%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 10%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.