• Class Number 2337
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Daniel MacDonald
    • Dr Daniel MacDonald
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

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.

Research-Led Teaching

This course includes an individual research project supervised by an academic within the School of Engineering. This provides each student with an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research across a broad range of engineering fields. The project is assessed through a Final Report due in Week 12 and a Seminar in Week 11.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • peer feedback
  • to whole class
  • to individuals

Student Feedback

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.

Other Information


All ENGN2706 must respect the thoughts and opinions of their peers and the course convenor, even if they do not agree. This is essential for effective class discussions, critical analysis and exploration of course content.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course outline and description of assessment itemsReflection exerciseResearch ethics and integrity assignment hand outResearch ethics and integrity exercise Reflection 1
2 Q&A session with previous R&D students Working with your supervisorPlanning your project Reflection 2
3 Q&A session with experienced project supervisorsLiterature review assignment hand out Literature review workshop Reflection 3Ethics and integrity assignment due
4 Project summariesPeer review exercise Reflection 4
5 Individual feedback sessions Reflection 5
6 Project report workshops Reflection 6Literature review draft due
7 Graphs and figures workshopProject review exercise Reflection 7Literature review peer reviews due
8 Guest speaker – presentation skills Presentation practice – pitching your project Reflection 8Literature review due
9 Individual feedback sessions Reflection 9
10 Guest speakers – careers in researchSeminar workshop Reflection 10
11 Individual project seminars Reflection 11Project seminars
12 Course de-brief and reflection Reflection 12Final project report due

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Reflection portfolio 10 % 3,4,5,6
Research integrity and ethics assignment 15 % 3,6
Literature review and peer review 15 % 1,2,3
Project report 20 % 1,2,3,4,5
Project Seminar 40 % 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

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.


It is expected that all ENGN2706 students will attend the workshop sessions after watching the relevant videos, and/or reading the relevant materials. They will actively participate in session activities and discussions to maximise their own and their peers’ learning. Please note that attendance at workshop sessions are compulsory for all ENGN2706 students.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5,6

Reflection portfolio

Throughout the semester students will complete a reflective portfolio, with entries submitted weekly, in a medium they choose (word document, website, blog, magazine, vlog etc.). This portfolio will be guided by a series of questions to develop their reflective ability and track project progress and course experience. Key aspects of this assessment are the reflective nature of entries and the clear communication of thoughts and ideas. Students can seek informal feedback from the course facilitator regarding their progress via their reflections submitted throughout the course.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,6

Research integrity and ethics assignment

Students will complete the ANU Research Integrity Training (online module on WATTLE) as well as complete a 1000 word critical analysis and reflection of a specific ethical case study.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Literature review and peer review

The literature review will consist of a critical analysis of current technologies/literature in relation to the student’s research project, and place the student’s current research project in context. Students will initially submit their draft literature review for peer review by two other students. They will use this feedback to improve their literature review for the final submission. Students are also marked on the peer reviews they provide to their peers. The literature review will have a page limit of 8 pages (double spaced) and will form the basis for the student’s literature review in their final project report. 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Project report

In week 12 students will submit a 30 page final report, including a literature review, methods, results discussion, conclusion and future work. Students will also submit a reflection on their research project and final report preparation, identifying strengths and areas for improvement.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Project Seminar

In week 11 students will present a seminar to the class, communicating the purpose, methods and results of their research project. This seminar includes a PowerPoint presentation used to effectively communicate the work visually. Students will also submit a reflection on their seminar and preparation process, identifying strengths and areas for improvement.

Academic Integrity

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.

Online Submission

All assignments will be submitted online via the relevant submission link on the ENGN2706 WATTLE page, and will not be accepted through email. Turnitin is used for assignment submissions. 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.

Hardcopy Submission

Late Submission

Students will be deducted 5% per day the assignment is overdue as per university policy. Extensions will not be granted for mismanagement of time or resources. A doctor’s certificate is required to receive an extension as a result of illness. 

Referencing Requirements

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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

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.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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