MECH ENG 7041A - Masters Project Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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. For details please refer to Master (CW) Research Project Handbook (2017).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Written work including project definition and plan, and mid-project report.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Eric Hu

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain the research methodology that should be employed when undertaking a technical research project;
    2 Critically review current literature relevant to a proposed research project;
    3 Define and scope a research project from vague descriptions of problems that the research needs to address;
    4 Design numerical or physical experiments to verify any theory or hypotheses developed as part of the project;
    5 Apply the appropriate software tools or instrumentation necessary to obtain sensible results from the physical or numerical experimental work;
    6 Use error analysis on the experimental or numerical results and identify the major contributing factors to any errors;
    7 Write up and summarise the results of a research project in the form of a technical paper;
    8 Write a properly laid out and formatted technical report detailing the research project and all aspects of the work undertaken to achieve the results;
    9 Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of the project verbally in the form of a seminar to colleagues; and
    10 Recognise the need to undertake lifelong learning.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • 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

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Project proposal and plan 5 Group Formative Week 4 1. 2. 3.
    Mid report 20 Group Formative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    Student performace 10 Individual Summative Week 13
    Total 35
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i   
    Assessment Detail

    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
    • Seminar
    • Final Report
    • Research Paper

    Refers to Master(CW) Project Handbook

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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