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Unit description

Leads students through the processes required to plan and initiate an independent research project that will make an original contribution to knowledge in their engineering discipline. Students are required to conduct a literature review on a chosen topic within their discipline, develop a research proposal, and begin to execute the proposal. The research project is subsequently completed in the unit Engineering Thesis II.

Unit content

Students are required to work independently on their chosen research topic under the guidance of their academic supervisor.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify and locate research literature related to a chosen research areaIntellectual rigourLifelong learning
2critically review and evaluate relevant research literature using a thematic approach to identify knowledge gaps that could be addressed through a research projectIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3define the scope of a research project to address one or more identified gaps in existing knowledge in terms of achievable aims and an appropriate methodologyIntellectual rigourCreativityLifelong learning
4present a coherent written proposal for a research study that describes the background, aims, rationale, methodology, and anticipated outcomes for the proposed studyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5demonstrate an ability to initiate a research project by sourcing necessary resources, obtaining necessary approvals, and commencing preliminary data collection.Intellectual rigourCreativityEthical practiceLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and locate research literature related to a chosen research area
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. critically review and evaluate relevant research literature using a thematic approach to identify knowledge gaps that could be addressed through a research project
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. define the scope of a research project to address one or more identified gaps in existing knowledge in terms of achievable aims and an appropriate methodology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. present a coherent written proposal for a research study that describes the background, aims, rationale, methodology, and anticipated outcomes for the proposed study
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate an ability to initiate a research project by sourcing necessary resources, obtaining necessary approvals, and commencing preliminary data collection.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (3 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1 hour (4 weeks)
Seminar 2 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Final Research Proposal40%
Draft Research Proposal40%
Annotated bibliography10%
Presentation10%
Notice

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