Note: This unit is an archived version! See Overview tab for delivered versions.

ENGG5220: Engineering Project A (2011 - Semester 2)

Download UoS Outline

Unit: ENGG5220: Engineering Project A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Hossain, Liaquat
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: [48 credits from MPE degree program].
Prohibitions: ENGG5222 OR ENGG5223.
Brief Handbook Description: The ability to plan, systemically conduct and report on a major research project is an important skill for professional engineers. This unit of study builds on technical competencies previously obtained, as well as making use of the report writing and communication skills the students have developed.

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 skills acquired will be invaluable to students undertaking engineering work. Students are expected to take the initiative when pursuing their research project.

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 your 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.

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
Ability to evaluate alternatives at the conceptual level with a view to creating a `short-list` worthy of more detailed technical investigation. Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 3)
Ability to develop a plan for a series of studies, experimental or computational, to illuminate an area of research. Fundamentals of Science and Engineering (Level 3)
Ability to search the literature for guidance of the studies and to place them in context. Information Skills (Level 3)
Ability to clearly present the background and results in a written format. Professional Communication (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009.

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 and Problem Solving Skills (Level 3)
1. Ability to formulate and plan a personal research project.
2. Originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical research issues.
Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 4)
3. In-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline.
Fundamentals of Science and Engineering (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.
Professional Communication (Level 3)
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 Progress reporting / presentation No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7,
2 Final Report No 80.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Grade Type Description
Special Conditions to Pass UoS At the end of the first semester, students will receive a mark of UCN (Unit Continuing) for Engineering Project A if they have shown sufficient progress to warrant continuing on to Honours Thesis B. The final grade for Engineering Project A and B is based on the work done in Engineering Project A and B as a whole. Marks awarded for progress report in Engineering Project A will be incorporated into calculations for final grade in Engineering Project B.
Policies & Procedures: Policies regarding academic honesty and plagiarism, special consideration and appeals in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies can be found on the Faculty's policy page at Faculty policies are governed by Academic Board resolutions whose details can be found on the Central Policy Online site at

Policies regarding assessment formatting, submission methods, late submission penalties and assessment feedback depend on the unit of study. Details of these policies, where applicable, should be found above with other assessment details.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Following Semester Assessment Due: Final Report

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 (Aerospace) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Software) 2010, 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010, 2011

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 3) Yes 16%
Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 4) No 26%
Fundamentals of Science and Engineering (Level 3) Yes 42%
Information Skills (Level 3) Yes 0%
Professional Communication (Level 3) Yes 16%
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 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.