PETROENG 7071 - Research Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

This course offers students the opportunity to carry out a research project. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their own proposals in line with current or expected professional interests. The final project title and outline must be approved by the Academic Director of the program. It shall be conducted under the supervision of one of the academic staff and may be undertaken outside the University (for example, with an industrial host or sponsor) as long as adequate contact is maintained with the academic supervisor. Evaluation of the project will be conducted jointly by the relevant academic staff and industry practitioners.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7071
    Course Research Project
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible PETROENG 7070
    Assessment Written Project Reports, Project Presentations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Alireza Salmachi

    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:

    Complete a research/development project using graduate-level engineering skills.
    Apply an advanced level of theoretical and technical knowledge to devise systematic solutions to complex engineering problems.
    Demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability, and responsibility as a professional engineer.
    Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and flexibly as a member of a team, contributing to team leadership as the situation requires.
    Demonstrate the ability to formally communicate, in both oral and written formats, advanced concepts of the engineering discipline to both technical and nontechnical audiences.
    Apply project management techniques to devise and synthesise engineering solutions to complex, open ended problems.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    The assessment summary includes:

    1) Progress report (20%)

    2) Seminar (20%)

    3) Final report(60%)
    Assessment Detail
    1) Progress report
    This report is intended for the students to present their work to date in detail and demonstrate progress towards their stated objectives. Major elements required include a detailed literature review, outcomes to date, and a detailed project completion plan. There is a restrictive page limit size, but unlimited appendices are allowed to present supplementary material.

    2) Final report
    This report should comprehensively document the entire project. Assessment emphasises cohesive analysis of the problem, well-executed approach, compelling results and outcomes, and discussion of limitations. There is a restrictive page limit, but unlimited appendices are allowed to present supplementary material.

    3) Seminar
    The Seminar presentations are held in within the school. Students will present their final results to an assessment committee that includes academaic supervisor, an independent academic staff and an industry referee.

    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.

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