CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENEG14003 Engineering Honours Project Planning
Engineering Honours Project Planning
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General Information

Overview

As a student in the final year of your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course, you will work independently to plan a project that allows you to demonstrate technical and professional capabilities (Engineers Australia's Stage One Competencies) expected of graduating professional engineers. You will conduct research, demonstrate critical thinking and document sound analysis, decision-making and judgement to support your project. You will work and learn autonomously, prepare and adhere to work and reporting schedules, communicate progress and prepare formal and informal project documents. You will define and scope your project, apply technical knowledge, assess safety and risks and prepare a proposal and plan for implementing the project in the following implementation unit. Note: Before enrolment can be accepted, you must confirm with the Unit Coordinator that you have identified a suitable project, obtained an academic adviser and have successfully completed all nominal prior units in the course.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

144 unit credits AND {pre-requisite of ENEC14016 or ENEC14017 or ENEC14014 or ENEE14006 or ENEE14007 or ENEE14005 or ENEM14016 or ENEM14015 or ENEM14014 or ENEX13001 or ENEX14001}

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 10%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 10%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 10%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 70%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Satisfaction Survey

Feedback

Academic advisers facilitate students to complete projects to a high standard.

Recommendation

Academics will be encouraged to continue helping their students.

Feedback from Student Satisfaction Survey

Feedback

The weekly Zoom sessions and recordings were useful to obtain assistance and to stay on track with the project.

Recommendation

Weekly Zoom sessions should be maintained to allow students and staff to discuss project matters promptly.

Feedback from Student Satisfaction Survey

Feedback

The assessment instructions are too vague, which makes it difficult for students and Academic Advisers to achieve the expectations.

Recommendation

Assessment rubrics should be created to articulate the expectations at various levels of achievement clearly.

Feedback from Student Satisfaction Survey

Feedback

The unit coordinator needs to be more accessible to students, to ensure timely guidance and resolution of project issues.

Recommendation

The unit coordinator should be more flexible with their availability to project students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply and reflect on Engineers Australia's Stage One Competencies for Professional Engineers with respect to the planning and implementation phases of engineering projects
  2. Prepare a project scope that includes a project definition, identification of project stakeholders and expected milestones and deliverables
  3. Research critical areas of your project by evaluating and extracting information from key reputable sources and relevant authorities
  4. Identify the tasks required for the implementation phases, including the application of appropriate technical capability developed in preceding units of study, and integration with new capabilities necessary to form a comprehensive project plan
  5. Prepare a project proposal that justifies the continuation of the project into the implementation phases.

By undertaking this unit and the follow-on implementation unit, students will demonstrate Engineers Australia's Stage One Competencies for Professional Engineers to a substantial degree.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 10%
3 - Written Assessment - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 70%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 10%
3 - Written Assessment - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 70%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Presentation software such as MS Powerpoint
  • Project management software such as MS Project
  • Software specific to project
  • Webcam and headset for on-line sessions.
  • Word processing software such as MS Word
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Benjamin Taylor Unit Coordinator
ben.taylor@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - Choose Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Choose your project topic and Advisor/s

Chapter

Objective: Explore many project options

Events and Submissions/Topic

Read the Marking Rubric

Organise regular meetings with Advisor/s

Complete the Progress Update form

Week 2 - Research Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Research background information and similar projects

Chapter

Objective: Know WHY you should do this project

Events and Submissions/Topic

Share a draft of your background research, aim and objectives with your Advisor/s

Complete the Progress Update form

Week 3 - Propose Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Propose the initial scope and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

Chapter

Objective: Know WHO can assist you

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form

Week 4 - Prepare Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Prepare the Project Introduction, Scope and Annotated Bibliography

Chapter

Objective: Know WHAT to include

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form


Project Introduction and Annotated Bibliography Due: Week 4 Friday (2 Apr 2021) 10:00 pm AEST
Week 5 - Expand Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Expand your research to commence the Literature Review

Chapter

Objective: Identify and explore relevant fields of knowledge

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Catch up and enjoy a break 

Chapter

Catch up and enjoy a break

Events and Submissions/Topic

Catch up and enjoy a break

Week 6 - Apply Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Apply feedback on Assignment 1 from your Advisor/s

Chapter

Objective: Seek feedback on your draft Literature Review

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form

Week 7 - Create Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Create your Literature Review and Updated Introduction

Chapter

Objective: Understand the published literature that will assist you

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form


Literature Review and Updated Project Introduction Due: Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 10:00 pm AEST
Week 8 - Comprehend Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Comprehend the applied methodologies and inherent project risks relevant to your topic

Chapter

Objective: Consider different approaches to achieve your project aim

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form

Week 9 - Plan Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Plan your Work Breakdown Structure and Project Schedule

Chapter

Objective: Seek feedback on your draft methodology

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form

Week 10 - Devise Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Devise your Project Methodology and Risk Assessment

Chapter

Objective: Know HOW to complete your project

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form


Proposed Methodology and Updated Literature Review Due: Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021) 10:00 pm AEST
Week 11 - Consolidate Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Consolidate your assignments into a Draft Project Proposal

Chapter

Objective: Know WHEN everything must be done

Events and Submissions/Topic

Organise attending the Thesis presentations on Wednesday afternoon next week.

Establish your own criteria to review the presentations based on the EA Stage 1 Competencies

Complete the Progress Update form

Week 12 - Reflect Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Reflect on student presentations and feedback from Assignments 2 and 3

Chapter

Objective: Seek final feedback and acceptance from your Advisor/s

Events and Submissions/Topic

Watch the Thesis presentations live on Wednesday, if you can.

Complete the Progress Update form

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Finalise by polishing and submitting your Project Proposal

Chapter

Objective: Have confidence in your Project Proposal

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete the Progress Update form


Project Proposal and Presentation Reviews Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (11 Jun 2021) 10:00 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Project Introduction and Annotated Bibliography

Task Description

After meeting(s) with your Academic Advisor and other project stakeholders where appropriate, prepare your Project Introduction and Annotated Bibliography. Refer to the Marking Rubric for indicators of attainment for the assessment criteria:

  1. Language
  2. Structure
  3. Presentation
  4. Background research
  5. Project Aim
  6. Project Objectives
  7. Project Scope
  8. Anticipated Outcomes
  9. Stakeholder Communication
  10. Annotated bibliography
  11. Project Management

Check Moodle and the Q&A Forum for further assessment advice. Complete this assessment by the due date to ensure sufficient time to plan your project properly. Delayed submissions or significant changes to the initial project scope beyond this time are likely to cause substantial difficulties.


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (2 Apr 2021) 10:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Academic Advisors will endeavor to provided feedback within 2 weeks of the submission deadline for on-time submissions.


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
25%

Assessment Criteria

Moodle contains a Master Marking Rubric for all assessments. The rubric explains expectations through indicators of attainment at various grading levels. Understanding the marking rubric is critical to pass this unit. Students should look at the marking rubric before starting each assessment while working on all assessments, and as a final check before submitting assessments.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Prepare a project scope that includes a project definition, identification of project stakeholders and expected milestones and deliverables


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Literature Review and Updated Project Introduction

Task Description

Apply your Academic Advisor's feedback to update your Project Introduction, which will become Chapter 1 in your Project Proposal.

Convert and expand your Annotated Bibliography into a Literature Review. Refer to the Marking Rubric for indicators of attainment for the assessment criteria:

  1. Language
  2. Structure
  3. Presentation
  4. Referencing Style
  5. Information Sources
  6. Comprehension
  7. Knowledge Synthesis
  8. Knowledge Gap
  9. Project Management

Check Moodle and the Q&A Forum for further assessment advice. Complete this assessment by the due date to ensure sufficient time to plan your project properly. Delayed submissions or limited reviews of published literature are likely to cause substantial difficulties.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 10:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Academic Advisors will endeavor to provided feedback within 2 weeks of the submission deadline for on-time submissions.


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
25%

Assessment Criteria

Moodle contains a Master Marking Rubric for all assessments. The rubric explains expectations through indicators of attainment at various grading levels. Understanding the marking rubric is critical to pass this unit. Students should look at the marking rubric before starting each assessment while working on all assessments, and as a final check before submitting assessments.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Research critical areas of your project by evaluating and extracting information from key reputable sources and relevant authorities


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Proposed Methodology and Updated Literature Review

Task Description

Apply your Academic Advisor's feedback to update your Literature Review, which will become Chapter 2 in your Project Proposal.

Propose your Project Methodology. Refer to the Marking Rubric for indicators of attainment for the assessment criteria:

  1. Language
  2. Structure
  3. Presentation
  4. Methods
  5. Justification
  6. Referencing and Linkages
  7. Work Breakdown Structure
  8. Schedule
  9. Risk Assessment
  10. Project Management

Check Moodle and the Q&A Forum for further assessment advice. Complete this assessment by the due date to ensure sufficient time for final feedback from your Academic Advisor before your Project Proposal undergoes the anonymous review by two other academics.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021) 10:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Academic Advisors will endeavor to provided feedback within 2 weeks of the submission deadline for on-time submissions.


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
25%

Assessment Criteria

Moodle contains a Master Marking Rubric for all assessments. The rubric explains expectations through indicators of attainment at various grading levels. Understanding the marking rubric is critical to pass this unit. Students should look at the marking rubric before starting each assessment while working on all assessments, and as a final check before submitting assessments.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the tasks required for the implementation phases, including the application of appropriate technical capability developed in preceding units of study, and integration with new capabilities necessary to form a comprehensive project plan


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Project Proposal and Presentation Reviews

Task Description

Apply all feedback from your Academic Advisor and project stakeholders where relevant, to prepare your Project Proposal for anonymous review by two academics. Your proposal should justify continuing into the implementation phase. Refer to the Marking Rubric for indicators of attainment for the assessment criteria:

  1. Initial pages
  2. Plan Summary
  3. All criteria for previous assessments are also repeated
  4. Plan Conclusion
  5. Reviews of Previous Presentations

Using Engineers Australia's Stage One Competencies as a framework, professionally review at least five historical or current thesis presentations from CQU engineering students. Thesis presentations usually run live on Wednesday of week 12, 1-5 pm AEST. Include your reviews of thesis presentations in the first appendix of your Project Proposal.

Your Project Proposal should be structured as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgments
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Glossary/Nomenclature
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to the Project Proposal
  • Chapter 2 Literature Review
  • Chapter 3 Proposed Project Methodology
  • Chapter 4 Proposed Implementation Plan
  • Chapter 5 Risk Assessment
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendix 1 - Professional Reviews
  • Other appendices as appropriate

Check Moodle and the Q&A Forum for further assessment advice.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Friday (11 Jun 2021) 10:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

At certification of grades


Weighting
70%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Moodle contains a Master Marking Rubric for all assessments. The rubric explains expectations through indicators of attainment at various grading levels. Understanding the marking rubric is critical to pass this unit. Students should look at the marking rubric before starting each assessment while working on all assessments, and as a final check before submitting assessments.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply and reflect on Engineers Australia's Stage One Competencies for Professional Engineers with respect to the planning and implementation phases of engineering projects
  • Prepare a project scope that includes a project definition, identification of project stakeholders and expected milestones and deliverables
  • Research critical areas of your project by evaluating and extracting information from key reputable sources and relevant authorities
  • Identify the tasks required for the implementation phases, including the application of appropriate technical capability developed in preceding units of study, and integration with new capabilities necessary to form a comprehensive project plan
  • Prepare a project proposal that justifies the continuation of the project into the implementation phases.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.