ENG 7002A - Masters Engineering Research Project - Part A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

In the two-Semester M.Eng Research Project, students undertake an AQF9 research project and demonstrate deep discipline understanding in their field of study. Students work directly under the supervision of world-leading research academics, with potential for industry collaboration. These courses strengthen and apply the project management and research skills of the students with a focus on engineering communication and the integration of advanced technical methodologies. 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 7002A
    Course Masters Engineering Research Project - Part A
    Coordinating Unit Centre for STEM Education and Innovation
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 12 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites 12 units of Core Courses (ELEC ENG 7164, ENG 7057 or ELEC ENG 7057, MATHS 7025, PROJMGNT 5021) and 12 units of Foundation Courses (according to speciality)
    Incompatible CHEM ENG 7046A, CHEM ENG 7120A, CHEM ENG 7122A, C&ENVENG 7049A, C&ENVENG 7050A
    Restrictions Available only to M.Engineering students
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Hong Gunn Chew

    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 Locate sources of information that will assist with the understanding of a technical problem that has not previously been encountered,
    2 Critically evaluate the validity, coverage and gaps in such sources of information;
    3 Write a statement of a research question or hypothesis, identifying an issue of which there is incomplete understanding;
    4 Design and execute an investigation, experiment or theoretical study to answer the research question;
    5 Present the background and findings of the research investigation in multiple formats;
    6 Apply an advanced level of technical understanding in multiple areas of technical specialisation to devise solutions to complex technical problems;
    7 Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and flexibly as a member of a team, contributing to team leadership as the situation requires;
    8 Communicate, in writing and verbally, advanced technical concepts to both technically informed and lay audiences;
    9 Apply project management techniques to devise and synthesise engineering solutions to complex, open ended problems.

    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   1.5   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)

    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 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    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 Resources
    Required Resources
    If any school resources are to be used on your project (e.g. laboratories) you are required to submit Labs and Workshop Work Request Form and supporting documents.  These documents should be completed in collaboration with your project supervisor.  Details for the resource application are given on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Discuss with your project supervisor.
    Online Learning
    All resources for this course are available on MyUni.  All students are required to use MyUni Groups to manage their Research
    Projects (or alternative online project management portals, e.g. Teamwork, Asana, Trello etc).  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.

    The recommended uses of MyUni Groups are:
    - Discussion Board: use to communicate with your group members and project supervisor
    - File Exchange: use to exchange files and store data obtained for your project
    - Wiki: can be used for developing the report before the final formatting in Word
    - Email: allows easier communication with your supervisor
    - Blog: use to clearly illustrate the current roles of each group member and allocated tasks for each week
    - Journal: store agendas and minutes for your group meetings
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    On-campus project work with academic supervisor and project partners.

    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. 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 20 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
    Two semesters of project work.
  • 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
    Part A - Project Plan 7.5 Group Summative Sem2 - Wk3 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9.
    Part A - Interim Paper 20 Individual Summative Sem2 - Wk12 Min 50% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Part A - Interim Seminar 7.5 Group/Individual Summative Sem2 - Wk13 1. 2. 3. 5. 7. 8.
    Part A - Performance 5 Individual Summative Sem2 - Wk1-13 1. 2. 3. 5. 7. 8. 9.
    Part B - Final Paper 45 Individual Summative Sem1 - Wk12 Min 50% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Part B - Final Seminar 10 Group/Individual Summative Sem1 - Wk13 1. 2. 3. 5. 7. 8.
    Part B - Performance 5 Individual Summative Sem1 - Wk1-13 1. 2. 3. 5. 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
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course includes self and peer assessment for the tasks undertaken within groups.  Further details on self and peer assessment are posted on MyUni.  To maintain the integrity of the assessment task(s) all students within a group contribute to each assessment task. Where there is evidence that group members have not contributed sufficiently to a group assessment task, the Academic Integrity policy may be applied.

    Each individual student must complete peer assessment of group members.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    All assessments are submitted online via MyUni.  The seminar slides are submitted one day before the seminar presentation.
    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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