Unit description

Introduces students to the development of a research topic and commencement of a small research project.  Students are required to perform a literature review: a study of the available literature, and a state-of-the-art appraisal of an area of engineering. Students prepare a plan of research, including a timetable for completion, with the research study finalised, presented and examined in the subsequent unit Engineering Thesis II. 

Unit content

Topic 1. Research plan and budget:

In consultation with the supervisor, the student must develop a research plan and budget. 

Topic 2.  Literature review paper:

The format of the paper should be based on the targeted journal for publication of the work.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (3 weeks)
Research ProposalSR
Literature review100%

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Fee information


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