Course Title: Professional Research Project 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Research Project 2

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


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


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Abhijit Date

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0612

Course Coordinator Email:

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

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

OENG1074 Professional Research Project 1

Course Description

The course is the second part of a research project that is conducted over two courses. In this second course, "Professional Research Project 2", you will complete your research project, evaluate information and report your findings.

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.

The "Professional Research Project 2" course includes assessment of your Engineering Experience. For more information, please refer to the Student Engineering Experience Guidebook.
Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.
This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

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. Effectively manage an independent research project at a professional engineering level.
2. Use scientific literature to inform the conduct and findings of a research project
3. Apply sound engineering practices and research methods to undertake project work and evaluate project results
4. Communicate the 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. You will also undertake tasks related to your Engineering Work Experience.
Lectures will be held to guide students through the process of undertaking this engineering project, and to assist them in pursuing an engineering career after graduation. Most of the work will be self-directed, with guidance and feedback provided by the academic supervisors and industry contacts where relevant. Each student has a first and second supervisor, with meetings scheduled with the first supervisor on a regular basis (suggested weekly). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the project is running on time and to cost, and reviewing this is part of the assessment process. Students will work on projects individually or in small groups; however, each student will submit individual work for assessment.

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

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.
X 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: Project progress presentation to supervisors (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 20% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3   Assessment item: Project management (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 10% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3   Assessment item: Journal paper + appendix (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 40% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4   Assessment item: Oral examination (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 30% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4   Assessment item: Evidence of work experience Weighting of final grade: Hurdle Related course learning outcomes: 1, 4