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CHNG5020: Capstone Project A (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG5020: Capstone Project A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
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: 96 cp from MPE degree program or 48 cp from the MPE(Accel) program or 24 cp from the ME program (including any credit for previous study).
Prohibitions: CHNG5222 OR CHNG5223 OR CHNG5205.
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 ability to plan, systematically conduct and report on a major research project is an important skill for professional engineers. This unit of study builds on technical competencies introduced in previous years, as well as making use of the report writing and communications skills the students have developed. The research activity is spread over two units (Minimum 12 A and B) run over two semesters. In this unit of study, students are required to plan and begin work on a major research project, which is very often some aspect of a staff member's research interests. Some of the projects will be experimental in nature, while others may involve computer-based simulation, design or literature surveys. In this unit, students will learn how to examine published and experimental data, set objectives, organize a program of work and devise an experimental or developmental program. The progress at the end of Project A will be evaluated based on a seminar presentation and a progress report. The skills acquired will be invaluable to students undertaking engineering work. Students are expected to take the initiative when pursuing their research projects. The supervisor will be available for discussion- typically 1 hour per week.

A thesis at this level will represent a contribution to professional practice or research, however the timeframe available for the thesis also needs to considered when developing project scopes. 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 the identification of promising areas and approaches for future research is a key assessment criterion.
Assumed Knowledge: (CHNG9301 OR CHNG5801) AND (CHNG9302 OR CHNG5802) AND (CHNG9303 OR CHNG5803) AND (CHNG9305 OR CHNG5805) AND (CHNG9306 OR CHNG5806).
Timetable: CHNG5020 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Meeting 1.00 1 13
2 Independent Study 5.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 5.00 2 13
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.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
4. Develop in-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
5. Formulate and plan a personal research project
6. Employ originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical research issues.
7. Analyse data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Literature review and project plan report No 45.00 Week 7 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Presentation/Seminar No 50.00 Week 13 3, 5,
3 Online quiz: lab safety and thesis requirements No 5.00 Week 3 2, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Report: Progress Report (including literature review)

Presentation/Seminar: Oral Presentation

Written Thesis

Poster Presentation

Thesis: NOTE: The final grade is based on the work done in both Capstone Project A and B, and will be awarded upon successful completion of Capstone Project B.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Special Conditions to Pass UoS Students will receive a mark of UCN (Unit Continuing) for Capstone Project A if they have shown sufficient progress to warrant continuing on to Capstone Project B. The final grade for Capstone Project A and B is based on the work done in Capstone Project A and B as a whole. Any marks awarded in Capstone Project A will be incorporated into calculations for the final grade of the two units.
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 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,
Allocation of thesis topic and supervisor : 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
organise a program of work, and analyse results and evaluate these in relation to existing knowledge.
Capstone Project A is the first part of this project, and it requires the student to make significant progress toward the objectives outlined in their Proposal. This includes a survey of the literature, designing and setting up of the experiment.
Lecture/Tutorial: Compulsory induction briefing and safety induction
Week 2 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Workshop on writing a literature review and preparing a presentation
Week 3 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Assessment Due: Online quiz: lab safety and thesis requirements
Week 4 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 5 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 6 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 7 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Assessment Due: Literature review and project plan report
Week 8 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 9 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 10 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 11 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 12 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 13 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Exam Period no examination

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 (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Sustainable Processing) 2012
Master of Engineering (Environmental) 2012
Master of Engineering (Biophysical Processes) 2012
Master of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) 2012

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 42.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 7.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 50%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

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.