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.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution 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 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Melbourne
Online
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).

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.44% 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 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.
Action Taken
Academics are getting more and more aware of producing a greater number of projects and all of them are supervising more students. Eight casual / external supervisors have been employed that has increased project numbers satisfying our high enrolment. Some academics, but not many, have considered project titles offered by students.
Source: Unit Evaluation: Students
Feedback
Some students prefer to develop their own project topics.
Recommendation
Support students to develop suitable projects.
Action Taken
As mentioned, some students are creative to offer their own project titles and this trend has been appreciated by academic supervisors of SET.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Due to the unavailability of academics some weekly meetings have been cancelled although I am aware of these have been conducted at a later stage.
Source: Unit evaluation record
Feedback
Direct Student - Supervisor meeting (weekly) and interaction, gives very clear idea about topic and helps to develop knowledge in respective area.
Recommendation
Continue to keep weekly arranged meetings throughout the term. To make meetings more productive we should work with the student on the students work and his/her effort on previous feedback provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation record
Feedback
The lectures, tutorials and resource provided in Moodle helps students a lot.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued in the next offering with more enhancements to the quality of the resources.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation record
Feedback
Students feel excited to choose a research topic of their own interest.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation record; Unit Coordinator
Feedback
Improve facilities for experimental research.
Recommendation
Request to invest more capital on purchasing new lab equipment. The lab shed recently rented is too small for mechanical engineering equipment, recommend hiring more lab spaces and purchasing necessary lab equipment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation record
Feedback
Feedback from supervisors in not provided in a timely manner.
Recommendation
Lecturers should pay extra attention to complete marking of assignments in due time.
Action Taken
Nil.
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.

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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
1 - Report
2 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
3 - Presentation
4 - Portfolio