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ELEC5223: Dissertation B (2017 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5223: Dissertation B (12 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
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ELEC8901 OR ELEC8902 OR ENGG5222 OR ENGG5223.
Brief Handbook Description: To complete a substantial research project and successfully analyse a problem, devise appropriate experiments, analyse the results and produce a well-argued, in-depth thesis.

Department permission required for enrolment in the following session(s); 1,2
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: In order to enrol in a project, students must first secure an academic supervisor in an area that they are interested. The topic of your project must be determined in discussion with the supervisor. The supervisor can come from any of the Engineering Departments, however, they need to send confirmation of their supervision approval to the Postgraduate Administrator.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.

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
Select appropriate engineering principles to solve an open-ended problem. Design (Level 3)
Develop research skills and to cope with ambiguity. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Understand that engineering is practied in non-ideal, poorly defined situations. Professional Conduct (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 3)
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 devise an appropriate research method.
5. Ability to analyse raw 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.
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 Yes 20.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 3, 7,
5 Participation No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1,
Assessment Description: The five assessment components above are done across Dissertation A and B together. The Proposal and Progress report are submitted as part of the Dissertation A. The Thesis and Presentation are for delivery during Dissertation B. The Participation mark (20%) is for work in both parts, Dissertation A and B. The mark is for project management performance in the project as a whole.

A penalty of two (2) marks per calendar day will be applied to treatises that are submitted late. Note also that you can only submit your treatise via Blackboard. This penalty is subtracted from your total Project mark, not just from your Treatise mark.
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 13 Assessment Due: Thesis
STUVAC (Week 14) 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 Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Software) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
Design (Level 3) Yes 40%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 20%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 20%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 4) No 20%
Professional Conduct (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.