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ENGG5222: Dissertation A (2016 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGG5222: Dissertation A (12 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s:
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: [48 credits from MPE degree program] AND [75% average in other non-IT units in previous year].
Prohibitions: ENGG5220 OR ENGG5221.
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 Progress reporting / presentation No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7,
2 Thesis No 80.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
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 for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

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

Week Description
Following Semester Assessment Due: Thesis

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) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Software) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010, 2011, 2012

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 16%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 26%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 42%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 4) No 16%
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.