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ENRP20001 Engineering Research Project Planning
Engineering Research Project Planning
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Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1. Project Proposal / Scope
Task Description:
After meeting(s) with your academic advisor and other project stakeholders where appropriate, prepare a project scope which includes the following sections:
1. Project aim, objectives and justification
2. Stakeholder identification and stakeholder communication plan
3. Anticipated resources required
4. Expected project milestones and deliverables

Minimum Marks 50%

Assessment 2. Literature Review
Task Description:
After meeting(s) with your academic advisor and other project stakeholders where appropriate, prepare a literature review suitable for your project. The literature review requires you to find relevant sources of high quality and should drive the project methodology. You need to organise what you have read into themes and discuss the current state-of-the-art. Make sure the relevance to your project is clear. All sources used must be appropriately referenced, both in-text and in the Reference List.

Assessment Criteria:
1) Quality of sources;
2) Relevance to project
3) Synthesis of sources into forming methodology;
4) Formatting, spelling, grammar.

Submission: Online

Assessment 3. Presentation
Task Description:
You will present the Methodology to be used in the implementation phase of your project.

Assessment Criteria:
1) Technical correctness of methodology;
2) Realistic timeline;
3) Presentation skills - within 10 minutes, clarity of slides, and competence in answering questions.

Assessment 4. Planning Thesis
Task description:
Your Thesis should consist of the following sections:
1) Abstract;
2) Introduction;
3) Objective;
4) Literature Review;
5) Methodology based on literature review;
6) Planning Gantt chart;
7) Risk Assessment

Minimum Marks 50%.

Assessment Criteria:
1) Clarity of the scope, identification of stakeholders, inclusions and exclusions, introduction to topic and importance;
2) Quality of sources in final literature review;
3) Relevant of sources to project;
4) Synthesis of sources into forming methodology;
5) Technical correctness of methodology;
6) Realistic timeline;
7) Risk assessment;
8) Formatting, spelling and grammar.
General Information

Overview

This unit is specifically designed so that students can apply the processes of research investigation through the analysis of, reflection on and critique of, an area of their professional practice. The unit uses a problem-based learning approach within an authentic workplace learning environment. This ensures students are undertaking an investigation that is relevant to the needs of industry. Students will apply an appropriate research methodology that suits their research problem. At the end of this unit, students will have developed a project plan that they will implement in the follow-on unit Engineering Research Project Implementation.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must have completed a minimum of 36 credit points and approval of head of course or  delegate is required. Students must have a project topic and academic supervisor before they can be enrolled.

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 2 - 2018

Distance
Melbourne
Perth
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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

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

Assessment Overview

1. Report
Weighting: 10%
2. Literature Review or Systematic Review
Weighting: 20%
3. Presentation
Weighting: 20%
4. Portfolio
Weighting: 50%

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 Unit Coordinator

Feedback

Due to significant increase in enrollments it was hard to find projects for all students.

Recommendation

Work with supervisors and Discipline Leaders to develop enough projects prior to start of term. Encourage students to develop their own project topics.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation: Students

Feedback

Some students prefer to develop their own project topics.

Recommendation

Support students to develop suitable projects.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation: Students

Feedback

Students did not receive the support expected from the supervisors.

Recommendation

Academic Supervisors and students will be encourage to have regular meetings.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify a suitable problem related to the study discipline
  2. Develop a research question including identifying key words
  3. Conduct an indepth review of related literature
  4. Select an appropriate research methodology to investigate the problem
  5. Regularly communicate professionally with all stakeholders in formal and informal reports
  6. Professionally present the project plan in a seminar and defend the methodology adopted.

n/a

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 6
1 - Report - 10%
2 - Literature Review or Systematic Review - 20%
3 - Presentation - 20%
4 - Portfolio - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Report - 10%
2 - Literature Review or Systematic Review - 20%
3 - Presentation - 20%
4 - Portfolio - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Guide to Research Projects for Engineering Students: Planning, Writing and Presenting (2015)

Authors: Leong, EC
Apple Academic Press
Oakville Oakville , CA
ISBN: 9781482238778
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

This book is also available in Kindle edition. However, paper copies are still available at the CQUni Bookshop here.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Abdul Mazid Unit Coordinator
a.mazid@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1: Enrolment and Research Project Selection Begin Date: 09 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Unit overview, enrolment requirement, on-going assignment, Choosing a project and supervisor

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2: Research Topic Selection Begin Date: 16 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Finalise research topic selection. What is Research? Purpose of Research, Essential Aspects of Research, Scope of ENRP20001 and ENRP20003.


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3: Research Project Proposal Begin Date: 23 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Major Types of Research, Research Proposal Content and Preparation, Examples

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4: Research Proposal (Contd.) Begin Date: 30 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Research Project Proposal Preparation, Literature Review, Referencing Style, Content of Research Proposal, Examples of Research Proposals

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Research Proposal Due: Week 4 Thursday (02 August 2018) 11:45 PM AEST (Worth 10%)


Project Proposal / Scope - 10% Due: Week 4 Thursday (2 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 5: Literature Review Technique Begin Date: 06 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Review of Engineering Databases: types of documents, peer reviewed conferences, journals, books, standards.

Quality of Referencing


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Keep working on your project

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6: Literature Review (Contd.) Begin Date: 20 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Typical Content of Literature Review, Typical Content of a Thesis, Examples.

Research Methodology

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Draft Literature Review Due: Week 6 Friday (24 August 2018) 11:45 PM AEST (Worth 20%)


Literature Review - 20% Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7: Methodology Development Begin Date: 27 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Writing Draft Methodology, Content of it, Effective Presentation Technique.

Guest Lecture on Referencing Styles

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8: Research Project Planning Begin Date: 03 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Research Activities and Gantt Chart

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9: Review of Draft Methodology Begin Date: 10 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Content and Examples of Draft Methodology, Examples

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Draft Methodology Due: Week 9 Thursday (13 September 2018) 11:45 PM AEST (Worth 20%)

Presentation - 20% Due: Week 9 Wednesday (12 Sept 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10: Methodology Presentation Begin Date: 17 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Draft Methodology Presentation Sessions


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11: Thesis Planning Begin Date: 24 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Planning Thesis Content, Preparation and Examples

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12: Planning Portfolio Submission Begin Date: 01 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Review of Draft Portfolio, Review of Overall Progress

Submit your Planning Portfolio (Planning Thesis, Methodology Presentation Document)

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Planning Portfolio Due: Week 12 Friday (05 October 2018) 11:45 PM AEST (Worth 50%)


Planning Thesis - 50% Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

No examination in ENRP20001

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Oct 2018

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information

You need to have found a Supervisor and Project Topic BEFORE enrolment is approved.  A list of projects has been circulated and is available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aU6_Y6CsenKa-9OnXKL6ZXBIqWh_wg1B210HxZofjuc

Assessment Tasks

1 Report

Assessment Title
Project Proposal / Scope - 10%

Task Description

Appropriateness and clarity of the proposal, basic understanding of the problem by the way of findings in literature, rational, stakeholders, and the deliverables. Lecture will be given on scoping and it is crucial that you attend.


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Thursday (2 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 5 Friday (10 Aug 2018)


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Appropriateness and clarity of the proposal, basic understanding of the problem by the way of findings in literature, rational, stakeholders, and the deliverables. Lecture will be given on scoping and it is crucial that you attend.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify a suitable problem related to the study discipline
  • Develop a research question including identifying key words


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research

2 Literature Review or Systematic Review

Assessment Title
Literature Review - 20%

Task Description

Conduct an indepth review topic related literature


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (7 Sept 2018)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria



Referencing Style

Submission

No submission method provided.


Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Conduct an indepth review of related literature


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research

3 Presentation

Assessment Title
Presentation - 20%

Task Description

Prepare PowerPoint presentation document, presentation time is 10 mins and 2 mins for questions and answers.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Wednesday (12 Sept 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Wednesday (19 Sept 2018)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Select an appropriate research methodology to investigate the problem
  • Professionally present the project plan in a seminar and defend the methodology adopted.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

4 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Planning Thesis - 50%

Task Description

Follow content of a typical planning thesis provided


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Oct 2018)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify a suitable problem related to the study discipline
  • Develop a research question including identifying key words
  • Conduct an indepth review of related literature
  • Select an appropriate research methodology to investigate the problem
  • Regularly communicate professionally with all stakeholders in formal and informal reports


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

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