C&ENVENG 4222A - Research Project Part A: Civil

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This research project follows a literature review conducted in C&ENVENG 3222. Students undertake research activities that contribute towards gaps outlined in their literature review. An Academic Supervisor will work with each group, with regular meetings throughout the semester to progress the research project. At least two milestone reports are required to demonstrate progress of the research. The first report will focus on providing a detailed research methodology. The second report acts as a progress, demonstrating preliminary results. The research project is to be continued in C&ENVENG 4222B, with additional assessment tasks before the grade is finalised. A student-conference is organised where research groups must present their preliminary findings to peers in the format of an oral presentation. Students will work in groups and/or as individuals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4222A
    Course Research Project Part A: Civil
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact 120 hours directed study
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites C&ENVENG 3222 or C&ENVENG 3221
    Incompatible C&ENVENG 4003A, C&ENVENG 4005A
    Assessment Milestone and Progress Reports, Oral Presentation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Leonard

    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 Conduct investigations and research into civil, environmental and mining engineering problems;
    2 Have competence in critical and independent thinking;
    3 Demonstrate competence in problem identification, formulation and solution;
    4 Effectively synthesize information and ideas;
    5 Communicate effectively with others in the engineering profession and the community – written, oral and listening skills;
    6 Manage effectively the allocation of time in performing tasks;
    7 Work effectively as a member of a team;
    8 Be by self-directed study, to remain abreast of developments in their profession;
    9 Be innovative, adaptable and able to guide developments in their profession

    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   1.6   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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    If any School resources are to be used on your project (for example in the laboratories) you are required to submit a completed and signed Technical Resource Application Form as well as a Risk Assessment Form. These forms should be completed in collaboration with your Supervisor. The complete forms should then be submitted to Mr Andrew Heathershaw, Technical Operations Manager, Room M 12, Engineering North Building.
    Recommended Resources
    Discussion with your Supervisors.
    Online Learning
    All Resources for this Course are available on MyUni (https://www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au).
    All students are required to use MyUni Groups to manage their Research Projects (or an alternative online project management portal, e.g. Teamwork, Asana, Trello). MyUni Groups will provide your group with a usable web space to exchange files, communicate to one another and your Supervisor through Discussion Boards, and develop collaborative projects through a Wiki. Recommended uses of MyUni Groups are as follows:
    1) The Group File Exchange area should be used to store data obtained for the project;
    2) The Agenda for and Minutes of meetings should stored in the Group File Exchange; and,
    3) The Discussion Board facility will enable all communication to be tracked.
    4) The Email facility will enable easier communication of the Supervisor with the group.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is mainly self-directed study. Meet with your Supervisor regularly to discuss your project.

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

    The workload will be the equivalent time for a course of 3-units in one semester, for both semesters in which you carry out the Research Project. According to university policy, this corresponds to 12 hours a week for the average student to achieve a credit.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A lecture series runs alongside this course. Some sessions will be used for course coordination (e.g. discuss outline of course material or requirements for Ingenuity). These lectures should be attended. All other lectures are not compulsory, but it is in your best interest to attend because they focus on improving written and oral communication skills. The lectures user a peer oriented approach to learning. Students will be required to do pre-reading and have a hardcopy draft of their literature review to work on aspects of its composition. These lectures will not be recorded as they are mostly peer discussion (no powerpoint slides). If powerpoint slides are presented, they will be recorded. If important course advice is to be given in a lecture, an online announcement will also be made.
    Specific Course Requirements
    You must meet regularly with your Supervisor. The frequency and duration of the meetings will need to be discussed with your Supervisor, although you should aim to meet weekly. Meeting times are to be arranged between you and your Supervisor.

    Minutes of Meetings with your Supervisor must be kept of each formal Meeting. These should record the date, time and who attended and describe what was discussed and the results that were presented. Any proposed actions should be noted in the minutes and checked at the next meeting to see if they have been carried out. In a group, taking of the minutes should be rotated amongst group members. These minutes should be posted on MyUni Groups for all members and Supervisors to be able to reference.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This project is part of the small group discovery experience. It involves discovery of new knowledge in the areas of civil, environmental and mining engineering through open-ended research using numerical models, laborotory experiments and/or field work. 

    Understanding group dynamics is an important element of this project. Peer assessment is used to moderate the contribution of group members. 
  • 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
    Detailed handouts of each assessment task (including assessment criteria) are available on the Course Website (MyUni).

    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Milestone report 15 Group Summative Sem 1, Week 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Conference Presentation 15 Group Summative Sem 1, Week 14 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Final Report 25 Group Summative Sem 2, Week 11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Journal Paper 25 Group Summative Sem 2, Week 9 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Poster Presentation 15 Group Summative Sem 2, Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Project Reporting and Compliance 5 Group Summative Ongooing 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Total 100
    * 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    1. a. iii    1. c.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course includes peer assessment for the tasks undertaken within groups. Further detail of the peer assessment is contained on MyUni. To maintain the integrity of the assessment task(s) there is a requirement that all students within a group contribute to each assessment task. Where there is evidence that group members have not sufficiently contributed to a group assessment task, the Academic Honesty policy may be applied.

    Each individual students is required to complete a peer assessment of group members. Groups are required to provide progress reports each term. Groups are required to provide access to the course coordinator of all group email communication associated with the project and a copy of all meeting minutes. Failure to do so will lead to a loss of marks for "project reporting and compliance".

    This course has sought exemption from the ‘30% cap for group work’ (clause 1.a.i), ‘10% cap on peer assessment’ (clause 1.a.iii) and ‘at least one assessment must be submitted, marked and returned by the midpoint of the semester’ (clause 1.d) requirements of the Assessment for Coursework Programs policy .

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    All submission deadlines both hardcopy and electronic copies are 3pm (unless otherwise specified). Hardcopies must be submitted to the Submission Boxes outside room N136. Any submission made after 5pm will be given zero.
    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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