Course Title: Professional Research Project 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Research Project 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

OENG1074

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

OENG1074

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

OENG1091

Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFSe22017 (VM4)

Course Coordinator: Dr Abhijit Date

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0612

Course Coordinator Email: abhijit.date@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 251, Level 2, Room 29


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

If you are enrolled in the single degree program, you are expected to have completed all courses from the first three (3) years of your undergraduate Program.

If you are enrolled in the double degree program, you are expected to have completed the engineering courses from the first four (4) years of your Program
 


Course Description

This course is the first part of a research project that is conducted over two courses. In this first course, "Professional Research Project 1", you will plan your research project, conduct a critical review of relevant published material and do sufficient work to produce some initial findings. This project is completed in the companion course "Professional Research Project 2".

This is a work-integrated project done either in conjunction with industry or in a simulated engineering 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

This course develops and assesses the following program learning outcomes:
• In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
• Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
• Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
• Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
• Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
• Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
• Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
• Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
• Ethical conduct and professional accountability
• Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
• Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
• Professional use and management of information
• Orderly management of self, and professional conduct


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Plan and effectively manage an independent research project at a professional engineering level.
2. Locate and critically review scientific literature relevant to your research project
3. Apply sound engineering practices and research methods to undertake project work
4. Communicate the aims and initial findings of a research project to a professional audience
 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake work in the research project that can be analytical, experimental, design or computational in nature (or some combination). Learning will take place primarily through independent research, guided by your supervisor and supported by lectures relating to this course.
Learning will take place primarily through self-motivated and independent research. Due to the individual nature of the projects, each student will have different learning activities for this course. Learning may range from theoretical analysis, computational studies through to design and experimental investigations.
Projects consisting of ONLY a literature survey are NOT acceptable. This includes projects in which material is gathered and collated from various sources, including the Internet, and where there is no follow-on individual research component.
While a significant element of originality is highly desirable, this is not a necessary requirement for your project.  However, it is essential that each student demonstrate an individual research component by conducting a significant independent investigation which demonstrates their technical engineering skills.
         


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 (available on Blackboard) may be helpful, but will not be sufficient by themselves to support an entire project at this level.


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 item: Assignments (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 10% Related course learning outcomes: 3   Assessment item: Project Proposal (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 15% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3   Assessment item: Project Poster (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 5% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4   Assessment item: Project management (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 10% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3   Assessment item: Journal Paper (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 30% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4   Assessment item: Oral presentation (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 30% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4