CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENRP20001 Engineering Research Project Planning
Engineering Research Project Planning
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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 1 - 2019

Melbourne
Mixed Mode
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 2016 / any (2016)

Authors: Eng-Choon Leong, Carmel Lee-Hsia Heah, Kenneth Keng Wee Ong -
CRC Press
London London , Britain , UK
ISBN: 978-1-4822-3877-8
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

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: 11 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

  • Introduction to the unit, on-going assessment items
  • Enrolment requirement, choosing a project and supervisor

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete your enrolment

Week 2: Research Topic Selection and Introduction Begin Date: 18 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

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


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Finalise enrolment by the end of

Week 2

Week 3: Research Project Proposal Begin Date: 25 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

  • Major Types of Research
  • Introduction to Literature Review
  • Research Proposal Content and Preparation, Examples

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4: Research Project Proposal (Contd.) Begin Date: 01 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Project Proposal / Scope - 10% (Minimum Marks required 25%) Due: Week 4 Friday (5 Apr 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 5: Literature Review Technique Begin Date: 08 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

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


Chapter

Chapter 13

Chapter 18

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

  • Keep working on your project and prepare literature review

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Residential School for Distance Education students: Monday - Tuesday (15 - 16 April 2019)

Week 6: Literature Review (Contd.) Begin Date: 22 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

  • Typical Content of Literature Review, Typical Content of a Thesis, Examples.
  • Research Methodology

Chapter

Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7: Research Methodology Development Begin Date: 29 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

  • Writing Draft Methodology, Content of it
  • Effective Presentation Technique.
  • Guest Lecture on Referencing Styles

Chapter

Chapters 7 and 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Invited Guest Lecture (Subjected to confirmation)


Literature Review - 20% Due: Week 7 Friday (3 May 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8: Methodology Presentation and Skills Begin Date: 06 May 2019

Module/Topic

  • Content and Examples of Draft Methodology Presentation documents
  • Presentation style and technique

Chapter

Chapters 22 and 23


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9: Research Methodology (Contd.) Begin Date: 13 May 2019

Module/Topic

  • Writing Draft Methodology
  • Research activities and planning Gantt Chart

Chapter

Chapter 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Presentation - 20% Due: Week 9 Friday (17 May 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10: Draft Methodology Presentation Begin Date: 20 May 2019

Module/Topic

  • Draft Methodology Presentation Sessions for the whole day


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Draft Methodology Presentation Sessions: Mechanical, Civil and Electrical (To be announced)

Week 11: Conclusion Writing and Project Planning Begin Date: 27 May 2019

Module/Topic

  • Conclusion writing technique
  • Project Planning Gantt Chart preparation
  • Planning Thesis Content, Preparation and Examples

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12: Planning Portfolio Review Begin Date: 03 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

  • Review of Draft Portfolio, Review of Overall Progress
  • Submit your Planning Portfolio (Planning Thesis and Methodology Presentation Document)

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Planning Thesis - 50% (Minimum Marks required 50%) Due: Week 12 Friday (7 June 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

  • No examination in ENRP20001

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Jun 2019

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information


Assessment Tasks

1 Report

Assessment Title
Project Proposal / Scope - 10% (Minimum Marks required 25%)

Task Description

Write a Project Proposal clearly, study enough number of literature relevant to your project, provide introduction and literature findings, basic understanding of the research problem, rational, deliverable, stakeholder/s, list of references and other information required.

Lectures on Project Proposal and relevant topics will be given and it is crucial that you attend and attend all weekly meetings with supervisor.


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (5 Apr 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 5 Friday (12 Apr 2019)


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
25%

Assessment Criteria

Appropriate title page, introduction and scope, aim and objectives,  equipment and tools required and others are the major assessable portions of the Project Proposal document. Detailed Assessment Criteria will be available in Unit Moodle site in Week 3.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit MS Word file (Name the file as: ProjectProposal_ENRP20001_your last name)

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 on topic related literature, produce literature review chapter, reference the used publications correctly, identify research gap, set an aim and objectives.  Relevant lectures will be given and it is crucial that you attend all lecture classes and all weekly meetings with supervisor.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (3 May 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (17 May 2019)

The dissertation should be returned to students within two weeks, however the process of external review may delay the final result.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Appropriate title page, aim and objectives, review of enough number of relevant publications and critical analysis of findings, research problem identification and appropriate referencing. Acceptable English language skill is factor and poor English may cause reduced marks. Detailed Assessment Criteria will be available in Unit Moodle site in Week 5.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit MS Word file (Name the document as: LiteratureReview_ENRP20001_Your last name)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Conduct an indepth review of related literature


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research

3 Presentation

Assessment Title
Presentation - 20%

Task Description

Students are required to do a 10-minute presentation focussing mainly on project methodology. Prepare PowerPoint presentation document, presentation time is 10 mins and 2 mins for questions and answers. Attend all lecture classes and weekly meetings with supervisor.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (17 May 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (31 May 2019)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Aim and objective, depth of literature review, appropriateness of proposed methodology, presentation style and skills and answering questions are the major assessable items. Detailed Assessment Criteria will be available in Unit Moodle site in Week 7.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit PowerPoint document (Name the document as: MethodologyPPT_ENRP20001_your last name)

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% (Minimum Marks required 50%)

Task Description

Follow content of a typical planning thesis provided in lecture classes, its is essential that you attend all lecture classes and weekly meetings with supervisor.

Essential parts of a Planning Thesis are title page, aim and objective, introduction and literature review chapter, proposed methodology, conclusion and list references.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (7 June 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (14 June 2019)


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Essential assessable parts of a Planning Thesis are appropriate title page, aim and objective, depth and clarity of introduction and literature review sections, suitability and fulfilment of proposed methodology and others relvant. Detailed Assessment Criteria will be available in Unit Moodle site in Week 8.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit MS Word document (Name the document as: PlanningThesis_ENRP20001_your last name)

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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