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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.
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 the Head Cf 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 - 2022
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).
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.
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The full list of University policies are available on the CQUniversity Policy site.
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 feedback
The unit is well designed with a good teaching team and learning resources.
Continue to work closely as a team and improve this aspect.
Feedback from Student feedback
Timetabling and workload implications with internships.
Some students undertake internships along with this unit which can be challenging. Students are constantly encouraged to maintain regular contact with supervisors and seek help in a timely fashion.
Feedback from Student feedback
Delayed feedback from supervisors.
Encourage supervisors to provide feedback on time.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
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
Professionally present the project plan in a seminar and defend the methodology adopted.
The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 4I )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 3I )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 4A )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3A )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 2A 4A )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 4A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 4A )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 1A 2A 3A 4A )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5A 6A )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 4A )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 3A )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 6A )
Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Postgraduate Units Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information