MECH ENG 4143A - Honours Project Part A
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 4143A Course Honours Project Part A Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 48 hours lectures/tutorials, 20 hours individual supervision, 180 hours project Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description The aim of the project is to provide solutions to engineering problems related to industry or to school research, with a primary emphasis on engineering design. Students will be taught and learn through self directed research the engineering issues of personnel and resource management, project and business management, risk management and the legal aspects pertaining to engineering businesses. The course will cover the principles of quality management and continual improvement, including: Justification for quality management and continual improvement, Overview of quality management system types, TQM, Lean Systems and The Six-Sigma Process, Advanced Product Quality Planning, Design Failure Mode Effect Analysis (DFMEA), Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis (PFMEA), Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R) and Case Studies.
Course Coordinator: Dr William RobertsonEMPP coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Reza Ghomashchi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Workshops will be given in the allocated lecture timeslots relating to content required to complete the course requirements. Please refer to the complete schedule on MyUni for further details.
Course Learning OutcomesOn completion of the course, students should have sufficient knowledge to:
- Develop a research or project plan.
- Determine appropriate milestones and their associated time frames.
- Manage a small group undertaking research or a project.
- Orally present their findings to a large group with widely varying degrees of technical knowledge.
- Prepare a well-written technical report detailing their project.
- Best practice Project Management and Risk Management.
- Systems Engineering fundamentals and systems thinking.
- The law relating to professional work and the forms of legal protection relevant to business and industry.
- Financial Accounting.
- Fundamentals of Human Resource Management and its relevance to the engineering profession.
- Marketing fundamentals for products, services and ideas.
- Business fundamentals.
- Ethics and Decision Making relevant to Engineering and in situations of uncertainty.
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. Application of engineering management concepts to real world projects. The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. Application of engineering management concepts to real world projects. An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. Analyse and differentiate project constraints and opportunities and determine solution approaches which minimise risk Demonstrate an ability to 'see the bigger picture' (systems thinking) and articulate appropriate solutions in situations of uncertainty. Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. Demonstrate an ability to work in small teams and deliver robust deliverables within a time and resource constrained environment. A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. Students will be introduced to new tools, technologies and techniques related to real world project engineering. A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. Demonstrate an ability to interpret and distinguish between relevant information and uncertainty. A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. Students will be expected to work productively ('get the job done') and cohesively ('achieve consensus') in small groups in a timely ('efficient and self organising') manner. An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. Demonstrate an understanding of the wider risks and opportunities ('systems thinking') related to professional engineering.
Required ResourcesStudents will be expected to conduct thorough literature reviews in their chosen areas of application to gain the knowledge they need to satisfactorily complete their project. Specific additional resources (software/hardware/guidance) will be supplied as necessary by each project supervisor.
- Document preparation and bibliography management software, such as LaTeX and BibTeX, or Microsoft Word and Endnote.
- Gantt Chart software such as Microsoft Project or an open source equivalent.
- Engineering drawing software such as Inventor, and the engineering drawing standards to produce professional-quality drawings for fabrication.
Online LearningA large repetoire of information relating to technical drawing, document preparation, seminar presentations, and so on, will be made available through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe primary interaction each student will have for their project is through their principle supervisor. Some projects will also have co-supervisors and/or external supervisors/sponsors/partners. In addition, workshops will be given throughout the year to assist in the management of the project and its deliverables.
The supervisor's role is to provide advice and guidance, and to ensure that the project proceeds in a fruitful direction. You should not expect your supervisor to do your thinking for you, or to tell you exactly what to do. You are expected to generate your own ideas, to seek out information for yourself, and to make your own decisions about what to do and how to do it. You should make arrangements with your supervisor for WEEKLY CONSULTATIONS at which progress may be reported, discussed and assessed.
Your supervisor is responsible for signing off on all engineering drawings, workshop (fabrication) requests, purchase requests, re-imbursements, and so on.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Honours projects are only successful with consistent application of time and effort over the entire year.
According to University policy 669, for a nine-unit course the minimum structured workload is 108 hours with a total expected student workload of 468 hours. This equates to twelve hours per week for thirty weeks (twelve weeks per semester, plus six weeks during breaks) for individual or group project work, not counting workshops and supervision meetings.
Students must manage this time as convenient for their own schedules; this might be three blocks of four hours spread throughout each week, for example. This time must be logged weekly and included in the final report.
The structured workload of 108 hours is broken down into: 1hr supervision meeting per week (30 hours); workshops (54 hours, one/two per week); seminar attendance (8 hours); expo attendance (16 hours).
Learning Activities SummaryWorkshops will include:
- Project Expectations & Organisation
- Project Management and Risk Management
- OH&S and laboratories
- Protecting IP and Importance of a workbook
- Journal Writing
- Reference Search & Literature Review
- Design and technical drawing for fabrication and machining
- Report Writing 1
- Report Writing 2
- Report Writing 3
- Report Writing 4
- Creating graphs for reports and presentations
- Documents using LaTeX
- Risk Management Safety System-RMSS
- Postgraduate Information Session
- Seminar Instructions
- Poster workshop
- Seminar presentation
- Organisation of exhibition
- Financial Accounting
- Business for Engineers
- Marketing for Engineers
- Human Resource Management
- Law for Engineers
Small Group Discovery ExperienceEach project group is expected to meet with their supervisor(s) for approximately one hour per week.
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- 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.
Assessment SummaryAssessment for the honours project is broken down over the entire year as follows:
What When Marks (%) Project charter Sem 1, Week 4 5 Preliminary report Sem 1, Week 12 15 Seminar Sem 2, mid-sem break 15 Expo Sem 2, Week 12 15 Final Report Sem 2, Week 12 40 Student performance N/A 5 Online quizes Various 5 TOTAL 100
Assessment Related RequirementsStrict deadlines must be enforced for equity purposes. A penalty of 5% per 12 hours or part thereof applies for late submission of written assessment.
Written assessment is subject to strict word limits; please see the Course Handbook for further information.
Assessment DetailPlease see the Course Handbook for more detailed information.
SubmissionAll written assessment is to be submitted through MyUni.
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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Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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