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CHNG4812: Thesis B (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG4812: Thesis B (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Honours
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Wang, David
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Co-Requisites: CHNG4811.
Prohibitions: CHNG4813 OR CHNG4814 OR CHNG4203.
Brief Handbook Description: The ability to plan, systematically conduct and report on a major project, involving both research and design, is an important skill for professional engineers. The final year thesis units (Thesis A and Thesis B) aim to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a defined piece of independent research and design that fosters the development of engineering skills. These skills include: the capacity to define a problem; carry out systematic research in exploring how it relates to existing knowledge; identifying the tools needed to address the problem; designing a solution, product or prototype; analysing the results obtained; and presenting the outcomes in a report that is clear, coherent and logically structured.

The thesis is undertaken across two semesters of enrolment. Taken together, the Thesis A covers initial research into the background of the problem being considered (formulated as a literature review), development of a detailed proposal incorporating project objectives, planning, and risk assessment, preliminary design, modelling and/or experimental work, followed by the detailed work in designing a solution, performing experiments, evaluating outcomes, analysing results, and writing up and presenting the outcomes. The final grade is based on the work done in both Thesis A and B, and will be awarded upon successful completion of Thesis B.

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. For student who are completing a Major within their BE degree, the thesis topic must be within the area of the Major. The theses to be undertaken by students will very often be related to some aspect of a staff member's research interests. Some projects will be experimental in nature, others may involve computer-based simulation and analysis, feasibility studies or the design, construction and testing of equipment. All however will require students to undertake research and design relevant to the topic of their thesis. The 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 thesis must be the student's individual work although it may be conducted as a component of a wider group project. Students undertaking research on this basis will need to take care in ensuring the quality of their own research and design work and their individual 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 they have been in assessing their work and that of others. Students will also be required to present the results of their thesis to their peers and supervisors as part of a seminar program.

Whilst thesis topics will be constrained by the available time and resources, the aim is to contribute to the creation of new engineering knowledge, techniques and/or solutions. Students should explore topics that arouse intellectual curiosity and represent an appropriate range and diversity of technical and conceptual research and design challenges.
Assumed Knowledge: Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that Thesis A and all core chemical engineering units of study in third year have been successfully completed.
Additional Notes: This unit is available to only those students who have gained an entry to the Honours degree.
School permission required for enrolment in the following session: Semester 1
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: CHNG4812 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Meeting 1.00 1 12
2 Independent Study 5.00 1 12
3 Project Work - own time 5.00 2 12
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 5 hours of research related work outside the specified contact periods.

Project Work - own time: progress reports are due continuously to supervisor

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Formulate an appropriate method for investigating a specific research question
2. Document and report research work undertaken in a format appropriate for academic literature with correct referencing.
3. Deliver a research presentation that is clear, confident and engaging to an academic audience.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
4. Employ originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical research issues.
5. Formulate and plan a personal research project
6. Analyse data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
7. Develop in-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Progress Report No 10.00 Previous Semester 1, 2, 5, 7,
2 Presentation/Seminar No 15.00 Previous Semester 3, 7,
3 Thesis No 60.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Presentation/Seminar No 15.00 Week 13 3, 7,
Assessment Description: Progress Report: Progress report and presentation

Thesis: NOTE: The final grade is based on the work done in both Thesis A and B, and will be awarded upon successful completion of Thesis B.

Presentation/Seminar: Oral presentation
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 Honours Thesis B is the second part of this thesis project, following on from Honours Thesis A, and it requires the student to make significant progress beyond their mid-thesis Progress Report. This will culminate in a research thesis document and an oral presentation, where the research work will be explained to a general engineering audience.
these in relation to existing knowledge.
experimental in nature, others may involve computer-based simulation, feasibility studies, or the design, construction, and testing of equipment. In undertaking the project, the student will learn how to examine published and experimental data, set objectives, organise a program of work, and analyse results and evaluate
Students are asked to write a thesis based on a modest (but significant) research project, which is very often some aspect of a staff member’s research interests. Some projects will be
Allocation of thesis topic and supervisor :
Week 2 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 3 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 4 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 5 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 6 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 7 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 8 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 9 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 10 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 11 Completion of final thesis; meets with supervisor to discuss
Week 12 Preparation of presentation; meets with supervisor to discuss
Week 13 Assessment Due: Thesis
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Exam Period no examination
Previous Semester Assessment Due: Progress Report
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2015, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Commerce 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Project Management 2018
Aeronautical / Science 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Law 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical Mid-Year 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Arts 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Commerce 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Project Management 2018
Biomedical /Science 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Law 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Design in Architecture 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Civil / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical Mid-Year 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Project Management 2018
Mechanical / Science 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Arts 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Commerce 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Project Management 2018
Mechatronic / Science 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Law 2018, 2019, 2020
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 43%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 32.51%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 24.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.