MECH ENG 7041A - Masters Project Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 7041A Course Masters Project Part 1 Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 20 hours per week Course Description The course consists of project work, a structured program and a research seminar program. The project work consists of research and development aimed at providing solutions to engineering problems related to industry or to school research. The School structured program consists of the School Induction, the Barr Smith Library tutorial and the Masters Project workshops.
Course Coordinator: Professor Carl Howard
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
The Masters project aims to educate students in research and development methodology and techniques, develop critical evaluation skills appropriate to their project topic, and provide project management experience.
On completion of the course, students should:
1 Have a good understanding of the research methodology that should be employed when undertaking a technical research project; 2 Be able to critically review current literature relevant to a proposed research project; 3 Be able to define and scope a research project from vague descriptions of problems that the research needs to address; 4 Be able to design numerical or physical experiments to verify any theory or hypotheses developed as part of the project; 5 Be able to apply the appropriate software tools or instrumentation necessary to obtain sensible results from the physical or numerical experimental work; 6 Be able to undertake an error analysis on the experimental or numerical results and identify the major contributing factors to any errors; 7 Be able to write up and summarise the results of a research project in the form of a technical paper; 8 Be able to produce a properly laid out and formatted technical report detailing the research project and all aspects of the work undertaken to achieve the results; 9 Be able to communicate the results of the project verbally in the form of a seminar to colleagues; 10 Understand the need to undertake lifelong learning.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-10 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-10 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-10 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-10 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-10 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-10
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
There are no formal lectures. However, each student must meet weekly with their supervisors. Students shall work individually on a two-semester research and development project under the supervision of an academic staff member and in some cases an external person from a company which may be sponsoring the project. In some cases several individuals may be working on one project using the same experimental equipment or model. In these cases each student will be responsible for a particular aspect of the project and will be required to submit an individual report and present an individual seminar.
In addition five workshops on various topics are arranged for the students in MECHENG 7041 part A, which are compulsory to attend. The students, who fail to attend the workshops, may be refused to have their draft corrected or to be provided advice on their paper/thesis writing, by the supervisors.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Each student is expected to work approximately 300-350 hours each semester for two semesters.
Learning Activities Summary
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The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
The assessment for the project will include the extent to which the student achieves the objectives defined in the Project definition statement and plan. In particular the student will be assessed against their attitude (or performance), which includes meeting attendance, keeping a workbook and keeping a timesheet, and the deliverables listed below.
Details of what is expected for each deliverable and its relative weighting in the overall assessment scheme are provided in this project manual,
- Project definition statement and plan
- Mid-project report
- Final Report
- Research Paper
Refers to Master(CW) Project Handbook
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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