Course Title: Systems Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Systems Research Project

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr. Arun Kumar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4328

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.3.20

Course Coordinator Availability: Friday 10:00am to 1:00pm, Monday 1:00 to 3:00pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

After completing successfully 2 full time semesters.

Course Description

The course is designed to assist students to develop their research skills, broaden their technical and managerial outlook and apply systems engineering concepts to real work situations. Areas of investigation may include design, construction, production, implementation, support, process reengineering, process improvement, monitoring and control, and decision making.

A professional workplace environment will be encouraged, since the project definition and planning must be carried out to the highest standard and to assist students in developing their professional careers. In this case confidentiality control will be implemented to ensure security of commercial and business information.

Specific research project defined as a formal research proposal prepared jointly by the supervisor and student, in some cases in consultation with industry or employers.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

* The key objective is to demonstrate experience and knowledge of systems engineering in the conduct of practical, problem centred research and investigation.
Other objective are:
* Prepare rigorous, complete and concise research proposals.
* Document and present the research results accurately, effectively and in concise manner.
* Apply appropriate qualitative and
quantitative research methodologies to a problem.
* Develop a research plan incorporating all the research activities.
* Collection and comparison and organising field data.
* Knowledge to perform field surveys.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students are required to produce:

1. A formal research proposal.
Limit 3500 words.
You should submit the proposal for approval in week 5, if you are a full time researcher.

2. A thesis/project report, BOTH
HARD COPY and a SOFT version on CD

Overview of Learning Resources

Doukas, L., Course Guide Notes, SE 800 Guidelines for Systems Research Project Planning, Department of Aerospace Engineering, RMIT University, 2005.

* SE 800 RMIT Library Resource File.

* Kumar, R., Research Methodology - a step by step guide for beginners, Addison Wesley, Australia, 1996.

* Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., Williams, J.W., The Craft of Research, University of Chicago Press, 1995

* Blaikie, N, Approaches to Social Enquiry, Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 1993.

* Anderson, J., Poole, M., Thesis and Assignment Writing, 2nd edition, John Wiley and Sons, Brisbane, 1994.

* Leedy P.D. & Ormrod J.E. Practical Research Planning and Design,7th Edition, Macmillan Publishing Co, 2001

* Zikmund W.G. Business Research Methods, 7th Edition, Thomson/south-western Co,2003

Students are required to search for resources and produce a comprehensive list of bibliography related to their selected research project.

supports the Distance Students by providing the following ONLINE RESOURCES:

* access to online data bases
* library catalogue searching
* document delivery service
* online question and answer service
* guides and tutorials for information literacy including referencing
* complete textbooks and journals

For more information visit the RMIT web sites:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is based on the demonstration of capabilities in the following criteria: 

  1. Description of Background 
  2. Problem Definition
  3. Objectives to be fulfilled
  4. Literature survey and baseline knowledge 
  5. Formulation of the problem and methodology 
  6. Investigation Methodology and data 
  7. Analysis of Data 
  8. Presentation of solutions 
  9. Conclusions and Summaries 
  10. Identification of further work 
  11. Appearance 
  12. Report cohesion 
  13. Reference list 
  14. Communication of knowledge and ideas 
  15. Rigorous and consistency