ENRP20001 - Engineering Research Project Planning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 84.62% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit evaluation and self reflection
Feedback quality and return time.
Supervisors and reviewers shall be asked and reminded of the quality and timely feedback. The Unit Coordinator should check and ensure the quality of feedback.
Action Taken
Supervisors and reviewers requested quality and timely feedback. As the Unit Coordinator, it has checked and confirmed the quality of feedback.
Source: Self-reflections
Student supervisor interactions.
Interaction with supervisors and students is important and regular weekly meetings are one way of ensuring this. Weekly meetings should be made compulsory.
Action Taken
Interaction with supervisors and students are improved as they meet regularly /weekly meetings. Weekly meetings are compulsory.
Source: Self-reflection and informal discussion with the student discussions
Academic Integrity.
All assessments with similarity scores above a minimum threshold must be investigated for academic misconduct.
Action Taken
All assessments with similarity scores over the threshold are investigated for academic misconduct or integrity.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Delayed feedback from supervisors.
Encourage supervisors to provide feedback on time.
Action Taken
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.

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Report
2 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
3 - Presentation
4 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Report
2 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
3 - Presentation
4 - Portfolio