ELEC ENG 7078B - Masters Project (Electrical) Part B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

Masters Project (Electrical) Part 2 must follow Masters Project (Electrical) Part 1 in the immediately following semester. The two-semester masters project aims to give students experience in solving advanced engineering problems and the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during the course. Through the project students will gain experience in project planning, in teamwork and in communication with management and support staff. The project will also develop skills in design, verification and research.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 7078B
    Course Masters Project (Electrical) Part B
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact 300 hrs project work
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ELEC ENG 7078A in preceding semester
    Incompatible ELEC ENG 7076A/B, ELEC ENG 7077A/B
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 7057 or equivalent: experience in professional & academic communication & analytical thinking
    Assessment Performance during project work, assessment of written reports, seminar presentations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Hong Gunn Chew

    Email: HongGunn.Chew@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.52
    Phone: 8313 1641
    Course Timetable

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

    For more information, please see the course outline of ELEC ENG 7078A - Masters Project (Electrical) Part A in the previous semester.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Independently locate sources of information that will assist with the understanding of a technical problem that has not previously been encountered.
    2 Critically evaluate the validity, coverage and gaps in such sources of information.
    3 Develop a statement of a research question or hypothesis, identifying an issue of which there is incomplete understanding.
    4 Design and execute an investigation, experiment or theoretical study to answer the research question.
    5 Present the background and findings of the research investigation in a thesis, in a seminar and at poster exhibitions.
    6 Apply an advanced level of technical understanding in multiple areas of technical specialisation to devise solutions to complex technical problems.
    7 Work cooperatively and flexibly as a member of a team, contributing to team leadership as the situation requires.
    8 Communicate, in writing and verbally, advanced technical concepts to both technically informed and technically uninformed audiences.
    9 Apply project management techniques to devise and synthesise engineering solutions to complex, open ended problems.

    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   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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 Resources
    Required Resources
    Students should purchase an exercise book to use as a project workbook.
    Recommended Resources
    Guidelines and resources to assist with undertaking a project are provided in the Project Resources folder on the course MyUni site.
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au). All announcements will be posted on MyUni and emailed to all students and supervisors. Project resources will be available for downloading. The gradebook will be used to communicate continuous assessment marks. A discussion board will be available for project-related discussion. Group tools will be available for communication to and within project groups.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Groups of students will undertake a project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and co-supervisor. Groups can expect to meet regularly with their supervisors. Between meetings groups are expected to make independent progress with their project.

    The table below summarises expectations on project students and their supervisors.

      What supervisors can expect from students What students can expect from supervisors
    Meetings Regular, punctual attendance at project meetings. A regular group meeting with the supervisor and co-supervisor at least once a week.
    Contribution Consistent effort throughout the year totalling around 600 hours work. Prompt advice and guidance on general and technical project issues.
    Assessment Timely submission of assessed items satisfying the requirements in the course profile. Marks posted on MyUni within 2 weeks of submission and verbal feedback to justify marks and explain how they might be improved.
    Conduct As befitting professional engineers.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The final-year project is an important element of an undergraduate engineering education. It represents a substantial body of work and it is expected that students will spend 600 hours per year on their project. Note that if this effort is confined to the 12-week teaching semesters, then it amounts to over 25 hours work per week.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Activity Semester Week
    Project briefing A 1
    Literature search training A 2/3
    Risk assessment lecture A 2
    Proposal seminar A 6
    Final seminar B 10
    Project exhibition B 12
    Project work A 1-12
    Project work B 1-12
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The Project provides the platform to challenge each group of two to eight students to work together to produce a novel engineering project.  The project supervisors will be able to mentor the students and monitor their progress through the two semesters.
  • 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

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    All project reports must be submitted in pdf form using MyUni. Clear instructions will be provided explaining how to submit assignments using MyUni and how to verify that an assignment has been successfully submitted. Extensions will not be granted for reports that miss the deadline because they were not correctly submitted.

    For each report each student must complete as Assessment Cover sheet. These are in the Course Information folder on MyUni.

    Software (TURNITIN) may be used to verify the originality of reports.

    Students can expect the marks from assessment components to be available on MyUni within two weeks from the submission deadline.

    Assessors will use rubrics to determine marks for the assessed components. Copies of the rubric will be sent to project supervisors so they can provide feedback to their project groups. Students are encouraged to seek feedback from their supervisors.


    Deadlines are an integral part of an engineer's professional life, and the discipline of getting workfinished on time is an essential one to acquire.

    The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering’s policy on Homework Submissions (https://www.eleceng.adelaide.edu.au/policies/homework-assignment-policy.pdf) will apply to the Proposal Seminar and Project Exhibition. Under this policy, students missing an assessment deadline will receive a 0 mark for that component, unless the student provides documentary evidence of an unavoidable reason for the delay (e.g. a medical certificate) which is approved by the Head of School. If the delay is approved, the student will be assigned a mark for the component according to the School’s policy on Supplementary Exercises for Continuous Assessment Components (https://www.eleceng.adelaide.edu.au/policies/continuous-assessment-exercises.pdf).

    The Research Proposal and Master Thesis will be subject to the School’s policy on Assignment Submissions (https://www.eleceng.adelaide.edu.au/policies/homework-assignment-policy.pdf). The marks for reports submitted after the deadline will be reduced by 20% of the final report mark per day (24 hours) or part thereof. Exceptions may be made, with approval of Head of School, if a medical certificate or other documentary evidence of impairment is provided covering a significant period of the project.

    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    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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