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CHNG5022: Capstone Project B Extended (2017 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG5022: Capstone Project B Extended (12 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Minett , Andrew
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: [42 credit points in the Master of Engineering and WAM >70, or 66 credit points in the Master of Professional Engineering and WAM >70 or exemption]
Co-Requisites: [sequential from CHNG5020]
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 (Capstone Project A and B/B extended) run in first and second semester. 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 Capstone 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. Capstone Project B extended enables the student to undertake a project of greater scope and depth than capstone project B.

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: None.
Additional Notes: Permission required for semester 1 or 2 based on achievement in Capstone Project A and taking other program requirements into consideration.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: CHNG5022 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 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

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
‘Vertical knowledge integration’ from an understanding of basic engineering concepts to their application to a specific research area. Development of organisational and report-writing skills needed to successfully handle a large, possibly complex, area of engineering or scientific research. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Professionalism in terms of taking responsibility for the results of their calculations and recommendations. Professional Conduct (Level 2)

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 4)
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 Progress Report Yes 10.00 Previous Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Oral Presentation Yes 10.00 Previous Semester 1, 7,
3 Thesis No 70.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Presentation/Seminar No 10.00 Week 9 3, 7,
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 Extended.
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 . 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 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

Week Description
Week 1 Works on project; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
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
Assessment Due: Thesis
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Exam Period no examination
Previous Semester Assessment Due: Progress Report
Assessment Due: Oral Presentation

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
Design (Level 3) No 31.67%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 18.34%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 26.67%
Information Seeking (Level 3) No 0%
Communication (Level 4) No 23.34%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) 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.