CHEM ENG 4054 - Research Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Understanding of research principles and research practises will be developed through the student undertaking a substantive research project normally defined by the academic supervisor. There is capacity for the project to be defined by the student or industry provided it is judged suitable by the Course Coordinator and agreement can be obtained from one of the academic staff to act as supervisor. This course is normally only available for those who are on-track for award of an honours degree.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 4054
    Course Research Project
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible CHEM ENG 4047, CHEM ENG 4037, CHEM ENG 4026
    Assessment research proposal, progress report, research notebook, poster and its defence, dissertation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dzuy Nguyen

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate understanding of ethics and health & safety in the research context;
    2 Carry out research, under supervision;
    3 Maintain appropriate research records;
    4 Prepare a research dissertation or paper; and
    5 Prepare, present and defend a poster reporting research findings.
    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. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3-5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 4, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 4, 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Bock P 2001, Getting It Right, Academic Press.

    Booth WC, Colomb GG, Williams JM 2008, The Craft of Research, 3rd edition, The University of Chicago Press.

    Other texts and journals will need to be consulted during the course as each student reviews the literature and carries out their own research.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches including:

    ·           Lectures and seminars.
    ·           The research setting (e.g. laboratory).
    ·           One-on-one or small group tutoring by academic & research staff and MPhil & PhD students.


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

    Activity Contact Hours Non-contact Hours
    Lecture 1 1
    Research seminars 4 4
    1-on-1/small group tutoring 5 minimum 5 minimum
    Progress reports 2
    Poster preparation & presentation 2 10
    Research 126
    TOTAL 12 148
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is dominated by a substantial experiment or theory-based research project supervised by an academic staff member and, possibly, research staff and students.  In addition to developing project-specific skills and knowledge, this project will allow the putting in to practise the
    various knowledge, methods and skills developed in CHEM ENG 4056.

  • 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

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    No information currently available.

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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