- Code ENGN2706
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Engineering
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Engineering
- Areas of interest Engineering
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Prof Daniel MacDonald
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This course is the introductory course for the R&D major which BE (R&D) students have to complete. The course introduces students to some fundamentals of research methodology, and gives students first hand experience by having them carry out a small research project, under close supervision by a member of academic staff.
The course comprises a series of lectures which cover the following topics: How to define a research problem; writing a research paper and report; how to give a seminar; the use of search tools and databases to find relevant literature; scientific methods in practice; design of an experiment.
Students complete an individual research project which requires them to carry out background reading and literature review, and to prepare a research report and give a seminar at the end of the course.
After successfully completing this subject the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate an improved ability to communicate in relation to an engineering project in oral, written and graphical forms.
- Understand the different skills required for different forms of written technical communication such as an abstract and a full thesis;
- Time management
- Ability to Carry out literature searches and some ability to critically evaluate literature
- Understanding of process of identifying and formulating research problem; planning and implementing specific research tasks (simulation/experiment) and communicating outcomes
- Demonstrate an improved ability to use an active approach to learning and to undertake reflective professional practice.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the existence of technological choices.
- Make appropriate technological choices based on a consideration of design criteria
- Design and conduct experiments, devise appropriate measurements, analyse and interpret data and form reliable conclusions
- Demonstrate an ability to undertake and manage a research project of significant size and scope;
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of documenting all aspects of the development of an engineering project of significant magnitude;
- Have an appreciation of the need to pitch any communication item (e.g., thesis, seminar) appropriately for the audience;
- Understand the importance of careful communication of technical ideas so that others can effectively use them.
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies
Two assignments, worth 15% each. The project assessment is worth 70% and consists of the project report (65%), a seminar (15%) and other assessment items jointly agreed on by the student and supervisor prior to project commencement (20%).
A research project with a time commitment of approximately 90 hours, and two assignments with a time commitment of approximately 20 hours each. The projects take into account the student's background and the stage of their degree.
Students are encouraged to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis (at least once a week).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|3116||25 Feb 2019||04 Mar 2019||31 Mar 2019||31 May 2019||In Person|