UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GENG5511 Engineering Research Project Part 1

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. The academic objectives of the project are to improve students' understanding of the research process and to develop their capability to conduct independent research. Students learn about recent advances and gain in-depth technical competence in at least one specialist area of their discipline, apply the basic elements of research design to investigate a theory or hypothesis, and appreciate how research skills support lifelong learning. Students are required to communicate their findings to technical and non-technical audiences using a range of media. They are also exposed to the University's research culture and opportunities to pursue further study. Students may choose a project from a list of advertised topics, negotiate a topic with an academic supervisor, or apply for an industry Co-operative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED) project.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop a research question and formulate a framework to answer the question; (2) practise appropriate methodology to research an engineering problem or test a hypothesis or theory; (3) demonstrate mastery of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills; (4) apply appropriate technical tools to investigate a research problem; (5) evaluate and synthesise results and draw appropriate conclusions; (6) locate and critically evaluate relevant literature and other sources of information; (7) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written, oral and visual means in a range of contexts; (8) plan and manage a project to meet deadlines; (9) demonstrate initiative, creativity and independence; and (10) conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) project proposal; (2) digital poster; (3) seminar; (4) thesis; and (5) professional conduct. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Cosimo Faiello
Unit rules
Prerequisites: completion of 24 points of Level 4/Level 5 units in the Master of Professional Engineering; for pre-2012 courses: completion of at least 120 points of engineering units
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/GENG5511/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/GENG5511/SEM-2/2017

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