Course Title: MicroNanoEngineering Major Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: MicroNanoEngineering Major Project

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Shiva Balendhran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1833

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.07.09

Course Coordinator Availability: E-mail for an appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course:
1. You must have completed a minimum of 144 Credit Points as a full-time student or 120 Credit Points as a part-time student of the MC206 program,
2. You must have selected MicroNanoEngineering as a project area during EEET1142 Thesis Preparation and Problem Solving and passed the course.
It is also desirable to have engaged in conversation with a potential research project supervisor in the previous semester, and undertaken courses they have recommend as optional pre-requisites.

Course Description

The MicroNanoEngineering major project enables the focused pursuit of a research topic with impact in the fields of micro/nanoscale science and technology. The project is conceptualised in consultation with a research project supervisor, and can be a standalone project or part of a larger research effort. The course will enable skills development in areas of micro/nanoscale science and technology through literature review, formulation of research questions, experimental or simulation based research, critical analysis of results, and scientific presentation in written and oral forms.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course and its assessment develop the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. High levels of technical competence in the field  
  2. Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies
  3. Be able to apply a systematic design approach to engineering projects and have strong design skills in the chosen discipline specialisation.
  4. Communicate effectively across all modes: listen, speak, write and draw
  5. Apply the principles of lifelong learning to any new challenge
  6. Balance the technical, economic, social and ethical demands of a problem in sustainable and culturally sensitive ways.



On completion of this course you would be able to

  1. Formulate a research question or problem
  2. Perform literature review
  3. Identify possible solutions and their trade-offs
  4. Plan experiments or tasks to evaluate the solutions
  5. Design and/or implement the final solution
  6. Test and critically evaluate the final solution
  7. Maintain detailed records and logs of all activities
  8. Perform research independently

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake the following learning activities:
• Literature review,
• Research question formulation,
• Research methodology implementation,
• Results analysis and discussion,
• Reporting of results and outcomes in written form, and
• Presentation of project outcomes

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources available to you include:
• Research project supervisor
• Technical staff
• Laboratory facilities
• Computer software and hardware facilities
• Research literature through the library

Overview of Assessment

Assessment of the project is based on:

  • Project report/thesis and/or related publications
  • Project presentations
  • Performance rating from research project supervisor
  • Outcomes rating from independent academic assessor