• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Daniel MacDonald
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1, 2022.

This is an introductory course that all BE (R&D) students are required to complete. The course introduces students to the fundamentals of research methodology, and provides the opportunity for students to conduct their own research project under the close supervision of an academic staff within the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering. This course also develops students’ abilities in critical analysis, reflection and problem solving, as well as in presenting their research through written technical reports and oral presentations.

The course will consist of two workshops each week that provide students with the opportunity to interact with their peers, the course convenor, as well as critically analyse course content, and discuss project progress. Short videos and reading material relevant to the workshops will be available on WATTLE.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Defining a research problem
  • Reflective practices in research
  • Implementation of research methods
  • Literature searches
  • Oral and visual presentation of research
  • Peer review process
  • Research integrity and ethics
  •  Preparation of technical reports

There will also be a series of guests that will facilitate class discussion in workshop sessions, providing students with exposure to various research perspectives, and the opportunity to broaden their professional networks.

Students will complete assignments throughout the semester, as well as present their research in a seminar and project report at the end of the semester.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to use an active, independent approach to learning and to undertake reflective professional practice;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in relation to an engineering project in oral, written and visual forms;
  3. Understand the importance of accurate communication of technical ideas so that others can effectively use them;
  4. Understand the different skills required for different forms of written technical communication such as an abstract and a full thesis;
  5. Have an appreciation of the need to pitch any communication item (e.g., thesis, seminar) appropriately for the audience;
  6. Identify and critically evaluate current technologies and literature;
  7. Design and conduct experiments, devise appropriate measurements, analyse and interpret data and form reliable conclusions;
  8. Demonstrate an ability to undertake and manage a research project of significant size and scope;
  9. Demonstrate awareness of the importance of documenting all aspects of the development of an engineering project of significant magnitude.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reflection portfolio (weekly) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
  2. Research integrity and ethics assignment (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
  3. Literature review and peer review assignment (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
  4. Project seminar (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
  5. Project report (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


A research project with a time commitment of approximately 90 hours, and two assignments with a time commitment of approximately 20 hours each. Students are encouraged to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis (usually at least once a week).

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course is currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must must be studying Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) 4714 or Bachelor of Engineering (R&D)/Science 4715.

Prescribed Texts



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2515 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

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