ENG 4001A - Research Project Part A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

The Research Project is the capstone experience for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). In this two-semester course, students work in small groups to solve authentic engineering problems with an emphasis on professional project management and communication. Academic supervisors in each engineering school provide offerings ranging in style from detailed design-build-test projects, industry-focused projects, or research-orientated projects. Projects involve technical components including theoretical analyses, simulations, and experiments. Assessments include formal oral and written deliverables at a graduate standard. Research Project Part A and Part B must be undertaken in consecutive semesters and acceptable progress is required in Part A before continuing in Part B.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENG 4001A
    Course Research Project Part A
    Coordinating Unit Centre for STEM Education and Innovation
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ENG 3005 or ELEC ENG 3102 or MECH ENG 3027
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Azadeh Jafari

    For all enquires, please contact the Honours Research Project coordination team at the email address: herp_coord@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

    The course material for this course is delivered online through MyUni. There are occasional scheduled lectures or workshops, which are recorded.

    Students are expected to have weekly/fortnightly meetings with their supervisor which are nominally expected to occur in the session that is timetabled for all students, but may be undertaken at any mutually convenient time for all members of the group.

    Students must be available in SWOTVAC of both semesters for presenting their course seminars and Ingenuity exhibition.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Complete a research/development project using graduate-level engineering skills.
    2. Apply an advanced level of theoretical and technical knowledge to devise systematic solutions to complex engineering problems.
    3. Demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability, and responsibility as a professional engineer.
    4. Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and flexibly as a member of a team, contributing to team leadership as the situation requires.
    5. Demonstrate the ability to formally communicate, in both oral and written formats, advanced concepts of the engineering discipline to both technical and nontechnical audiences.
    6. 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
    Recorded lectures will be delivered online via MyUni.

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

    A standard 3-unit course at The University of Adelaide is expected to nominally take 150 hours for students to complete. For the Research Project, this averages to approximately 12 hours per semester week. There are few scheduled activities for this course — the predominant time students should spend for this course is on their project.

    Students are expected to meet with their supervisor on a weekly-to-fortnightly basis as needed (approximately 1-2hrs per fortnight depending on the size of the group). Students should plan to work collaboratively with their group in blocks of time at regular times each week.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Assessor

    Mandatory / Hurdle req.

    Project plan Group

    Part A
    Week 4 Monday

    5% Supervisor
    Progress report Group + peer assessment Part A
    Week 12 Monday
    20% Supervisor + Moderator Hurdle req: ≥50%
    Seminar Individual + Group Sem 1*
    10% Panel Mandatory participation
    Final report Group + peer assessment Part B
    Week 12 Monday
    55% Supervisor + Moderator Hurdle req: ≥50%
    Ingenuity Group Sem 2* SWOTVAC 10% Panel Mandatory participation

    * Note that for students who take ENG 4001A in Semester 1, the Seminars run at the end of Part A, and Ingenuity at the end of Part B. For students who take ENG 4001A in Semester 2, the order is reversed.

    In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1a. i: An exemption has been granted from the stated requirement that group assessment activities total no more than 30%. Rationale: for a Capstone Project course, group activities form part of the learning outcomes.

    In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1b. ii: An exemption has been granted from the stated requirement that the sum of all hurdle requirements in a single course does not exceed 60% of the total assessment for the course. Rationale: as a 6-unit course, there are hurdles on the report due at the end of each semester.

    In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1a. iii: the maximum peer assessment adjustment to the progress report and final report marks is capped such that the total change in course mark is limited to ±5%.

    Assessment Related Requirements

    In addition to marks awarded for assessments, there are a number of deliverables that are not awarded marks but are either a requirement to receive a grade or a penalty imposed for non-submission. These may include:

    • Meeting minutes (submitted fortnightly)
    • Intellectual Property declaration
    • Safety risk assessments
    • Lab / workshop induction(s)
    • Project completion form
    Assessment Detail
    Project plan

    The Project plan is due Monday week 4 of Part A. This short document is intended to capture the broad detail of the project to be undertaken: the aims and scope, the technical objectives, the timeline, the project risks, and the resources and budget required.

    Progress report

    The Progress report is due Monday week 12 of Part A. This group 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 based on the group size, but unlimited appendices are allowed to present supplementary material.

    Final report

    The Final report is due Monday week 13 of Part B. This group 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 based on the group size, but unlimited appendices are allowed to present supplementary material.


    The Seminar presentations are held in SWOTVAC of Semester 1. For students who take Part A in Semester 1, they will present their progress to date. For students who take Part A in Semester 2, they will present their final outcomes. Presentation length varies by group size and assessment is conducted by panels of academic staff.


    The Ingenuity exposition is held in SWOTVAC of Semester 2. For students who take Part A in Semester 1, they will present their final outcomes. For students who take Part A in Semester 2, they will present their progress to date. Ingenuity is open to the public and also has an online component. Students will be assessed on their scientific poster on display, their short online video, and via informal "interviews" by roaming industry and/or academic judges.


    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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