ENG 3005 - Research Methods and Project Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This course will develop your ability to execute and deliver engineering projects in research and industry. The foundations of project management are covered: precise definition of objectives; planning, executing and monitoring projects; risk and failure analysis; and project management methodologies. Techniques for advanced engineering practice will be developed: critical review of literature and research gap analysis; data and information literacy; written, oral, and graphical communication; document preparation and version control; reproducibility, verification, and validation of engineering models. This course will also cover intellectual property and research integrity. Students will work in groups to develop a project plan and literature review for a transdisciplinary research or industry project as a precursor to the engineering honours project.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENG 3005
    Course Research Methods and Project Management
    Coordinating Unit Engineering, Computer Sc & Math Faculty Admin
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ENG 1001 or ENG 1011
    Incompatible C&ENVENG 3222, MECH ENG 3027, ELEC ENG 3102
    Assumed Knowledge ENG 1001 or ENG 1011
    Assessment Online quizzes and tests, individual assessment, group assessment, peer assessment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Bree Bennett

    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 Communicate professionally and effectively through written, oral, aural, and graphical means with others in the engineering profession
    2 Access, systematically search, assess, analyse, evaluate and reference relevant published works for the purpose of completing investigations into engineering problems
    3 Identify, select and apply appropriate research methodologies
    4 Explain and identify issues around research integrity and ethics
    5 Explain standard project management approaches, particularly the role of each Project Management Knowledge Area and how they can be used to execute a project
    6 Develop a project management plan articulating how a given project is to be executed, including breaking down the project into manageable tasks
    7 Identify and plan for project risks using defined risk assessment processes
    8 Critique, review and differentiate the work of peers in an objective and constructive manner
    9 Demonstrate an ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people and critically reflect upon the fundamentals of team dynamics

    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: 1.3   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
    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
    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
    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
    There is no recommended text for this course. Where necessary extracts from relevant texts will be made available through MyUni.

    Course materials
    All required material and resources for this course will be made available through MyUni. Learning activities will include a combination of face-to-face activities, online activites and assessment tasks.

    Where PowerPoint slides are used for online lectures, these will also be made available on MyUni. The timing of their availability will be subject to the lecture content, the technical nature of the content and format of the lecture. However, PowerPoint slides should not be considered as a complete replicate of the lecture, as additional information not present in the slides is often given during lectures.
    Recommended Resources
    There are a number of resources that are relevant to this course. Where applicable, they will be referenced in the course material for further reading. They include:

    Project Management Institute 2017, A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK guide), 6th ed, ANSI/PMI 99-001-2017, Project Management Institute, Pennsylvania.

    Daellenbach, HG 1994, Systems and Decision Making - A Management Science Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

    Dandy, GC, Walker, DJ, Daniell, TM & Warner, RF 2008, Planning and Design of Engineering Systems. Second Edition, Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, UK, ISBN 978-0-415-40552-2. This text is available online through the Barr Smith Library.

    Dowling, DG, Carew, A & Hadgraft, RG 2013, Engineering your future : an Australasian guide, 2nd ed, John Wiley
    & Sons Australia, Milton, Queensland.
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used for the course. Course information, lecture slides, assignments and additional resources will all be available on MyUni.

    MyUni-Canvas and Lecture Recordings
    This course will operate with the new MyUni Learning Management System platform, Canvas. Lecture recordings will also be available through Echo 360 on this platform. All online lectures will be recorded for revision and/or if attendence is not possible. Online learning modules and resources will be used for content where an online delivery mode is considered most appropriate.

    MyUni Announcements
    The announcement section will be used to notify students of important information, with critical announcements (changes to deadlines etc.) also emailed to students. It is assumed and expected that students take note of these announcements.

    MyUni Discussion Board
    The discussion board will be used and forums will be created for assignments. The discussion board will also be used as a consultation channel for contact with teaching staff. Questions for teaching staff of a general nature relating to the course or assignment requirements are to be posted on MyUni. This allows the responses to be viewed by other students with similar questions and ensures that all students are given the same information.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of a set of integrated learning activities designed to provide students with the opportunity to achieve the course learning outcomes, in a supportive and relevant context. The course has been designed for active participation by students. Activities within this course are detailed in this course outline and include online interactive lectures, workshops, quizzes, a literature review, short talks and a project plan.

    The majority of these activities are designed to be participative and directed at peer oriented or problem based learning. An allocated research project is central to all activities within the course. It is undertaken in groups, under the guidance of an academic advisor. This course will set the scene and develop skill necessary for the final year research projects undertaken over two semesters.

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. Note that University guidelines suggest that the average (full-time) student should spend 48-52 hours per week to achieve a Credit. Consequently, the total workload for this course is 12-13 hours per week (156 hours in total) for an average student to achieve a Credit.

    Activity Contact Hours Private Study Hours Total
    Lectures/online modules 20 10 30
    Active Participation (10%) NA 12 12
    Project Schedule (5%) 3 5 8
    Literature Review (30%) NA 40 40
    Extended Abstract (5%) 2 8 10
    Project Plan (25%) NA 25 25
    Project Review (5%) NA 5 5
    Short Talks (10%) NA 10 15
    In-class quiz (10%) 1 9 11
    TOTAL 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Further information on the learning activities is provided on MyUni.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The research project conducted as part of this course is structured as a Small Group Discovery Experience.
  • 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 Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Active participation 10 Individual Formative Weeks 1-12 1-9
    Literature Review 30 Group Summative Week 8 Min 50% 1-3, 9
    Abstract 5 Individual Summative Week 10 1-3 
    Project Plan 25 Group Summative Week 13 3, 5-7
    Project Review 5 Individual Summative Week 13 5-6, 8-9
    Short Talk 10 Individual Summative Weeks 10-11 1-3, 8
    Quiz 10 Individual Summative Week 12 4-7
    Project schedule 5 Individual Summative Week 5 1, 6
    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   
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements


    This course includes a group research project (as part of a Small Group Discovery Experience). It will be undertaken in groups of 6, which will be formed at the start of the semester.

    The active participation component of this course requires peer assessment of group members and confirmation of the individual contributions made to the project. Further detail of the peer assessment will be available on MyUni.

    To maintain the integrity of the assessment there is a requirement that all students equally contribute to each groupwork component of the course. Where there is evidence that a group member misrepresents their contribution, or the contribution of other group members, the Academic Integrity Policy may be applied.

    Additional quiz

    A Replacement/Additional quiz will be scheduled for week 13 or 14. The date of this quiz will be confirmed closer to the time to avoid clashes.

    Students who are eligible for modified arrangements through the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy will be able to use the additional quiz as a replacement quiz and the mark obtained will be used in the calculation of the final course
    result. To be eligible, a formal application (including satisfactory evidence) will be required as detailed in the linked policy.

    Students who are not available for quizzes, and do not meet the eligibility requirements for modified arrangements (e.g. holidays, family committments, weddings, work etc.), will be able to sit the additional quiz but their result will be capped at 50% for the quiz. To be eligible for this option students are required to seek approval from the Course Coordinator at least one week prior to the Quiz.
    Assessment Detail
    Full details of each assessment task will be provided through MyUni.
    Submission Format
    All submissions for the course will be electronic, through MyUni (with the exception of the short talks which will be delivered during the workshop sessions).

    Deadlines are an integral part of an engineer's professional life, and the discipline of getting work finished on time is an essential one to acquire. The deadline for all submissions will be 4 pm on the nominated day. A penalty of 10% per 24 hours (or part thereof) will apply for late submissions.

    Students eligible for special consideration (e.g. elite athletes, students with access plans) are requested to advise the course coordinator as early as possible where alternate arrangements will be required.

    Academic Integrity Policy
    The Academic Integrity Policy applies to all students, and students are advised to be familiar with the policy. Software (e.g. TurnItIn) may be used to verify the originality of submissions.
    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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.