Course Title: Aviation Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aviation Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2182

China Airlines Ltd

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence

Offsh 1 07

AERO2182

China Airlines Ltd

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh 3 07,
Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 3 09

AERO2238

Air Transport Training College

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh 3 07,
Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 2 09,
Offsh 3 09

AERO2306

City Campus

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

AERO2306

City Campus

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

AERO2306

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Everson Kandare

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6166

Course Coordinator Email: everson.kandare@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.007


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is a capstone course for Masters level Aviation studies. Under normal conditions students should only be enrolled in this course after completing (or given advanced standing of) 96 Credit Points.


Course Description

The course constitutes an experimental and/or analytical research project in aviation. This course is a capstone course and as such aims to provide an opportunity to integrate and apply learning from previous courses with assistance from a suitable supervisor. You will work on your project individually and submit individual reports and be assessed on your individual project work.

This is a work-integrated project done either in conjunction with industry or in a simulated industry work environment. You will receive supervision from an internal RMIT supervisor and you may also have an external supervisor (such as an industry-based practitioner). As appropriate to the level of professionalism that is required in this course, you are expected to perform your project work with a high degree of independence and with only limited guidance from staff and/or external industry supervisors.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes

4. Professional Practice

  • Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience
  • Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work
  • Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct

5. Research

  • Plan and execute a substantial research-based project, with creativity and initiative in new situations in professional practice and with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to industry challenges
  • Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to industry activities
  • Demonstrate professional use and management of information
  • Acknowledge (clearly) your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people


 

 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

On completion of this course you should be able to:

     1. Clearly define and identify the course and scope of a research project
     2. Demonstrate the ability to use theory to frame an investigation and to interpret data
     3. Critically analyse the research tools, methods, data, and theory applied to a research project.
     4. Demonstrate high order oral and written communication skills to disseminate the findings of a research project


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities can include lecturers, seminars, workshops, projects, directed research, self-directed learning, fieldwork and, online or face-to-face consultation.

The lectures will introduce you to project management providing opportunities to explore varied research areas, and associated approaches and tools. Research supervisors will provide project management support for the full investigatory process. Where specific technical advice is a requirement for the successful completion of the research project, you will be expected to take responsibility for obtaining such advice. This experience will enable you to demonstrate good professional practice with relation to initiating, planning, leading and managing projects.

You will be required to propose and select a topic of your choosing that will facilitate an investigative research on a topical issue within the aviation industry wherein the work should provide an original contribution to the knowledge base. Learning will take place primarily through independent research under the guidance of your research supervisor.

You will: prepare a project brief (research proposal) identifying the key issues to be addressed, the research problem(s), a research methodology and conduct literature review on the selected topic; develop a research plan for the investigation in conjunction with the appointed supervisor; design and administer a research instrument (for example, a survey) to collect the required data; collect information/data and objectively analyse the information and present the research findings/results in a detailed project report; and prepare a Powerpoint presentation equivalent to 15 minutes delivery at Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Board level. These tasks will test your ability to solve problems of the appropriate standard while demonstrating your understanding of key research and project management concepts.

The elements of the teaching and learning process mentioned above will be complemented by formal and informal processes of consultation and other processes for feedback and review. You are expected to take responsibility for your own learning and time management with the support, advice and assistance from your research supervisor and the course coordinator.  You are expected to lead the project, manage day-to-day activities while the project supervisor will provide technical guidance and the broader research directions.
         


Overview of Learning Resources

Specific learning resources (e.g., texts, journal papers and analytical software) will be discussed with your project supervisor due to the individual nature of each project, however, general guidance can be found in:
• Leedy, PD & Ormrod, JE (2012), Practical research: Planning and design, 10th edn,, Pearson Higher Education. 9780132899505

Other reference textbooks include:
• Biggam, J (2011), Succeeding with your Master’s dissertation, 2nd edn, Open University Press. 9780335227204
• Murray, R (2011), How to write a thesis, 3rd edn, McGraw Hill, New York. 9780335219681
• Yin, RK (2014), Case study research: Design and methods, 5th edn, SAGE publication, London. 9781452242569


Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Research Project Proposal (2,500 words)
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1
Description: Definition and identification of research project scope and significance.

Assessment Task 2:  Final Journal Paper (7,000 words)
Weighting: 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 and 4
Description: Dissemination of research findings in the form of a journal manuscript.

Assessment Task 3: A Powerpoint presentation, equivalent to 15 minute delivery at Chief Executive Officer or Board level, summarising the research undertaken.
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 and 4
Description: Dissemination of research findings in the form of a presentation to a professional audience.