• Code ENGN4712
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Daniel MacDonald
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This course is one of several research and development project courses that form part of the BE (R&D) Program. These individual project courses of varying length are offered at different stages of the degree program, adding up to a total of 30 units of project courses. ENGN4712 is an 12-unit individual research project course, in which students undertake a substantial research project with an experienced supervisor, typically in the final year of their program.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and describe a substantial engineering-related research project, and the knowledge, resources, skills and methodologies required to execute it successfully.
  2. Generate, analyse, interpret and document new research results, including a thorough assessment of relevant assumptions and limitations, and compare and contrast to existing work and literature.
  3. Create new knowledge and draw sound conclusions through the application of relevant underlying theory, skills, concepts and methodologies.
  4. Effectively communicate research outcomes in oral, visual and written forms to colleagues, other engineering professionals and the broader community. 
  5. Critically reflect on the outcomes and execution of a research project to enable continuous improvement of research skills.  
  6. Work effectively, professionally and ethically as part of a research team led by a project supervisor. 

Work Integrated Learning


This individual research project will contributes towards developing competencies expected to work in R&D roles in industry, government, and academia, or as an accredited engineer.

In this course, you will undertake a substantial research project with an experienced supervisor.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping: 

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-term Report  (10) [LO 1,2,4,5,6]
  2. Project Seminar (20) [LO 1,2,4,6]
  3. Project Report (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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An individual research project of variable duration, requiring approximately 120 hours total time commitment per 6 units. 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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2706 and be enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development) program.

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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 to 12 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $830 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 per unit
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
2528 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7521 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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