- Class Number 5935
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 to 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Daniel MacDonald
- Dr Daniel MacDonald
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This course is one of a suite of research and development courses designed for the BE (R&D) Program. These courses are of varying length and are offered at different stages of the degree program and are essentially stand-alone research projects. ENGN4712 is a 12-unit research course designed to complement the students' basic research skills through non-trivial research work in an area chosen by the student. The course forms part of the 42-unit R&D major that is a compulsory component of the aforementioned degree program. Each student will have their research supervised by one or more academic supervisors, with the approval of Head of Department or the Delegated Authority. Students are responsible for engaging and obtaining appropriate supervisory support.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Identify a substantial research and/or development project including the problem the project seeks to address, its context and significance in contemporary engineering,
scientific or research fields.
2. Scope the selected project appropriately and identify and determine knowledge, skills and methodologies required to complete the project, whilst also demonstrating an awareness of the existence of technological choices.
3. Apply research skills and methodologies to identify, collate, summarise and critically
evaluate relevant literature, data and sources.
4. Combine and demonstrate synthesis of new knowledge with the application of relevant underlying theory, skills, concepts and methodologies, whilst also demonstrating appropriate technological choices based on a consideration of design criteria.
5. Analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate results generated during the project and compare and contrast to existing work and literature where appropriate, while demonstrating an ability to document all aspects of the development and execution of an engineering project.
6. Effectively communication the outcomes of the engineering project in oral, written and graphical forms, demonstrating the importance of careful communication of technical ideas so that general audience can effectively access the content.
This course is based on an individual research project supported by an academic supervisor.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Undertaking an individual research project.||Assessment is based on a mid-project report, a project seminar and a final report.|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Project Mid-Term Report||10 %||1,2,3|
|Project Seminar||20 %||4,5,6|
|Final Project Report||70 %||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Project Mid-Term Report
The Mid-Term Report should be not more than 4 pages in length, and should cover the following aspects of your individual project:
1. A brief introduction to the project, including the context, aims and scope.
2. A brief description of the key results or work competed to date.
3. A list of the tasks that remain to be done, including an indicative timeline for these tasks.
4. Discussion of any issues significantly affecting the project to date.
The Mid-Term Report is due Friday Week 7 for single-semester (6 unit) projects, and Friday Week 12 of the first semester for two-semester (12 unit) projects.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 4,5,6
The project seminar is an individual presentation given in Week 12 of the final semester of an individual project. It should explain the aims and scope of the project, give a detailed description of the results and analysis, and clearly state the conclusions of the project. The seminar will be presented to other class members and supervisors. The presentation will be for 15 minutes, including questions.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Final Project Report
The final Project Report is to be submitted on Friday Week 12 of the final semester of an individual project. It should not be more than 30 pages in length for a 6 unit project, 50 pages for a 12 unit project, and 70 pages for an 18 unit project. The Project Report gives a detailed description of the individual project, including, as appropriate, an abstract, introduction, literature review, theoretical background, experimental methods, results and discussion, conclusions and bibliography.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Dr Daniel MacDonald
Dr Daniel MacDonald