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ELEC4712: Honours Thesis A (2016 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||ELEC4712: Thesis A (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Electrical & Information Engineering|
Dr Shrivastava, Yash
|Session options:||Semester 1, Semester 2|
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|Pre-Requisites:||[36 credits of 3rd year units of study].|
|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 Honours Thesis A and B, and will be awarded upon successful completion of Honours 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 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 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:||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. Note also that entry to Honours Thesis is by permission.|
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)
The five assessment components above are done across Thesis A and B together. The Proposal and Progress report are submitted as part of Thesis A. The Thesis and Presentation are for delivery during Thesis B. The Participation mark (20%) is for work in both parts, Thesis A and B. The mark is for project management performance in the project as a whole.
The results achieved in Thesis B count for Thesis A as well. Since Honours Thesis is a year long task, the final results for Thesis A are only recorded at the end of the year, on completing Thesis B. A temporary UC result will be returned for this unit until results for thesis are obtained. Honours Thesis A and Honours Thesis B will then be given the same result.
|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.|
|Online Course Content:||http://www.ee.usyd.edu.au/project/index.html|
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 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||Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).|
|Submission of Progress Report.|
|Assessment Due: Progress Report|
|Following Semester||Assessment Due: Thesis|
|Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar|
|Assessment Due: Participation|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 4)||Yes||40%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)||Yes||20%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)||Yes||30%|
|Information Seeking (Level 3)||Yes||0%|
|Communication (Level 4)||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.