ELEC5021: Capstone Project B (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5021: Capstone Project B (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Shrivastava, Yash
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
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Site(s) for this Unit: http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/electrical/postgraduate-project/index.html
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Co-Requisites: ELEC5020.
Brief Handbook Description: The capstone project requires the student to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, using their technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice thus demonstrating the achievement of AQF Level 9.

The Capstone Project aims to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a defined piece of independent research or design work in a setting and in a manner that fosters the development of engineering skills in research or design. These skills include the capacity to define a research or design question, showing how it relates to existing knowledge, identifying the tools needed to investigate the question, carrying out the research or design in a systematic way, analysing the results obtained and presenting the outcomes in a report that is clear, coherent and logically structured. Capstone Project is undertaken across two semesters of enrolment, in two successive Units of Study of 6 credits points each. Capstone Project A covers first steps of thesis research starting with development of research proposal. Capstone Project B covers the second of stage writing up and presenting the research results.

Students are asked to write a thesis based on a research or major design project, which is very often related to some aspect of a staff member’s research interests. Some projects will be experimental in nature, others may involve computer-based simulation, feasibility studies or the design, construction and testing of equipment. Direction of thesis work may be determined by the supervisor or be of an original nature, but in either case the student is responsible for the execution of the practical work and the general layout and content of the thesis itself. The final thesis must be the student's individual work, although research is sometimes conducted in the framework of a group project shared with others. Students undertaking research on this basis will need to take care in ensuring the individual quality of their own research work and the final thesis submission. The thesis will be judged on the extent and quality of the student’s original work and particularly how critical, perceptive and constructive he or she has been in assessing his/her work and that of others. Students will also be required to present the results of their findings to their peers and supervisors as part of a seminar program.

A thesis at this level will represent a contribution to professional practice or research, however the timeframe available for the thesis also needs to be considered when developing project scope. Indeed, a key aim of the thesis is to specify a research topic that arouses sufficient intellectual curiosity, and presents an appropriate range and diversity of technical and conceptual challenges, while remaining manageable and allowing achievable outcomes within the time and resources available. It is important that the topic be of sufficient scope and complexity to allow a student to learn their craft and demonstrate their research skills. Equally imperative is that the task not be so demanding as to elude completion. Finally, the ability to plan such a project to achieve results within constraints, and also the identification of promising areas and approaches for future research, are key assessment criteria.
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!
Timetable: ELEC5021 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 4)
Depending on the project, the development of expertise specific to the discipline. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
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 4)
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 4)
1. Ability to formulate and plan a personal research project
2. Originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical research issues.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
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 research 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 4)
6. Ability to document and report research work undertaken in a format appropriate for academic literature with correct referencing.
7. Ability to deliver a research presentation that is clear, confident and engaging to an academic audience.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Proposal No 0.00 Previous Semester 1, 6,
2 Progress Report No 0.00 Previous Semester 1, 3, 4, 6,
3 Thesis No 60.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Presentation/Seminar No 20.00 Exam Period 3, 7,
5 Participation No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1,
Assessment Description: The five assessment components above are done across Capstone Project A and B together. The Proposal and Progress report are submitted as part of the Capstone Project A. The Thesis and Presentation are for delivery during Capstone Project B. The Participation mark (20%) is for work in both parts, Capstone Project A and B. The mark is for project management performance in the project as a whole. The results achieved in Capstone Project B count for both units.
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.

For the written thesis, the Faculty of Engineering and IT Postgraduate Studies Committee adopted the following guidelines in 2012 for capstone research project marks:

• A mark > 85% (HD) should only be awarded for work which can be published in a reputable journal or high ranking international conference.

• A mark of >75 and < 84% (DI) should be awarded for work which can be published at a national conference.

• A mark of 65% to 74% (CR) indicates work that could form part of conference paper, and

• A mark of 50% to 64% (PS) indicates work that has been competently carried out but is not publishable.

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).
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 Submission of Draft Treatise.
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 Treatise.
Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Assessment Due: Thesis
Exam Period Presentation.
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Previous Semester Assessment Due: Proposal
Assessment Due: Progress Report

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Network) 2012, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Software) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Wireless) 2012, 2015
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 40%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 20%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 20%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 20%
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.