Course Title: Research Project Part 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Project Part 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr David Law

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3824

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The assumed knowledge for this course requires that students have completed  the 6 semester core courses of Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure). The prerequisite for this course is that students have completed CIVE1251 Research Project Part 1A


Course Description


This course is intended to represent the second half of a project that you as a new graduate might be expected to undertake - an investigation of a research topic relevant to the profession. The first half - planning and initial work will have been undertaken in the first part Research Project Part 1A. Please read this course guide in conjunction with that of Research Project Part 1A.

During this course you will undertake sufficient work to produce substantial findings to address the research questions identified in Research Project Part 1A. The project work will require significant research/investigation and reflection and will also include such aspect as engineering

  • analysis
  • design
  • testing
  • programming

The research topic will give you the opportunity to integrate the relevant knowledge and skills acquired from other courses of the program and apply them to the investigation of an approved research topic and then to produce a report of a professional standard. Each student will have a different approved research topic.
This engineering project activity is undertaken in conjunction with industry or simulates a real engineering work environment, thereby contributing to your experience of Work Integrated Learning. You will be supervised by an internal School supervisor (academic) but you may also have an external supervisor (such as an industry-based practitioner).
You will be expected to perform your project work with a high degree of independence and to take ownership of the project - with guidance from staff and/or external industry supervisors.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course addresses the following Program Learning Outcome:

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.
2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
3.4. Professional use and management of information.
3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify research questions and plan a study to investigate a specific issue/problem in Civil Engineering.
  2. Carry out an extensive literature review on a selected research topic and demonstrate an understanding of how other Engineers have addressed similar issues.
  3. Identify information required to address a given issue and select and locate information from suitable sources such as - libraries, surveys, interviews, laboratory work and correspondence.
  4. Collate necessary data for the project and develop a research methodology and a plan to arrive at a solution to the specific problem. Demonstrate that the methodology is acceptable by some initial results.
  5. Implement the planned methodology and arrive at a solution to the selected research topic.

Present your research outcomes to a learned audience and defend it.

Overview of Learning Activities


The learning activities revolve around advancing the project that was defined in CIVE1251.You will consult regularly with your supervisor and work to an agreed schedule. You will produce a draft report and following feedback produce a final report. You will present your work and answer questions.

Engineering employment requires the capacity to work effectively, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and to learn effectively. In order to prepare students for employment as graduates, they will be provided with a quality assured teaching and learning environment which is conducive to the development of adult learning. Adult learning is characterised by the student accepting responsibility for their own learning and by actively participating in the learning process as individuals and as contributors to teams. Adult learning is a hallmark of a professional. The specific responsibilities of students as adult learners in respect of this subject are:

• to complete all pre-reading and preparatory work;

• to effectively utilise the academic resources provided (consultation time, library etc);

• to submit, on time, all work for assessment as described below;

• to manage time so as to facilitate efficient study and maximise learning, as far as reasonably possible;

Overview of Learning Resources


You will typically need to use professional level resources such as specialist books and journals that are accessible in the RMIT library and other major libraries. The internet and course notes may be helpful, but will not be sufficient by themselves to support an entire project at this level. Other resources such as those needed for laboratory activities, or provided by industry may be appropriate - depending on the project.

A Research project guide (RMIT University) can be found online on myRMIT.

Project specific resources will be defined by the individual supervisor where appropriate


Support can also be found at Subject Guide for Civil Engineering

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Overview of Assessment


Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance of requisite laboratory tasks and their subsequent write-up

Note that:

 ☐There is no exam for this course.

☐ There are nol hurdle requirements for this course

Assignment 1  (20%)

Progress Report.

Due week 4

Addresses LO1-8

Assignment 2 (60%)

Final Report

Due Week 8

Addresses LO1-8

Assignment 3 (20%)

Poster presentation

To be advised (post exam period)

Addresses LO 6