- Class Number 2515
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Daniel MacDonald
- Dr Daniel MacDonald
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an ability to use an active, independent approach to learning and to undertake reflective professional practice;
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in relation to an engineering project in oral, written and visual forms;
- Understand the importance of accurate communication of technical ideas so that others can effectively use them;
- Understand the different skills required for different forms of written technical communication such as an abstract and a full thesis;
- Have an appreciation of the need to pitch any communication item (e.g., thesis, seminar) appropriately for the audience;
- Identify and critically evaluate current technologies and literature;
- 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.
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.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- peer feedback
- to whole class
- to individuals
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). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course outline and description of assessment items Reflection exercise Research ethics and integrity assignment hand out Research ethics and integrity exercise||Reflection 1|
|2||Q&A session with previous R&D students Working with your supervisor Planning your project||Reflection 2|
|3||Q&A session with experienced project supervisors Literature review assignment hand out Literature review workshop||Reflection 3 Ethics and integrity assignment due|
|4||Project summaries Peer review exercise||Reflection 4|
|5||Individual feedback sessions||Reflection 5|
|6||Project report workshops||Reflection 6 Literature review draft due|
|7||Graphs and figures workshop Project review exercise||Reflection 7 Literature review peer reviews due|
|8||Guest speaker – presentation skills Presentation practice – pitching your project||Reflection 8 Literature review due|
|9||Individual feedback sessions||Reflection 9|
|10||Guest speakers – careers in research Seminar workshop||Reflection 10|
|11||Individual project seminars||Reflection 11 Project seminars|
|12||Course de-brief and reflection||Reflection 12 Final project report due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Reflection portfolio||10 %||*||1,2,3|
|Research integrity and ethics assignment||15 %||18/03/2022||2|
|Literature review and peer review||15 %||29/04/2022||5,6|
|Project Seminar||20 %||20/05/2022||2,3,5|
|Project report||40 %||27/05/2022||2,3,4,6,5,6,7,8,9|
* 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 Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
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 ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
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
Learning Outcomes: 2
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
Learning Outcomes: 5,6
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
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5
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.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,6,5,6,7,8,9
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.
Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
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. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.
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.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions 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.
Distribution of grades policy
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