• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Photonics
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Daniel MacDonald
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This is an introductory course that all BE (R&D) students are required to complete. The course introduces students to research methodologies, and provides the opportunity for students to conduct their own research project under the close supervision of an academic staff member in the College. 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, critically analyse course content, and discuss project progress. 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 guest speakers at the workshops, 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. Identify and describe an engineering-related research project, and the resources required to execute it successfully.
  2. Analyse, interpret and document research results, including some assessment of relevant assumptions and limitations, and compare to existing work and literature.
  3. Communicate research outcomes in oral, visual and written forms to colleagues, other engineering professionals and the broader community. 
  4. Reflect on the outcomes and execution of a research project to enable continuous improvement of research skills.  
  5. Work effectively and professionally as part of a research team led by a project supervisor. 
  6. Understand the broader societal impact of research, and the importance of conducting research ethically and with integrity.

Work Integrated Learning


This course provides you with experience of being a researcher and the opportunity to broaden your professional networks.

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.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

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

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A research project with a time commitment of approximately 80 hours, two assignments with a time commitment of approximately 20 hours each, and weekly reflections with a total time commitment of approximately 5 hours. The project depth and scope should take into account a student’s background and prior studies. 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 enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development) program.

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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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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
2337 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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