Course Title: Professional Research Project (Industry)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Research Project (Industry)

Credit Points: 48.00


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,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

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

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.

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

Course Description

The course is a research project conducted in industry. You will plan and manage your project, conduct a critical review of relevant literature, undertake your project work to professional engineering standards and evaluate information and report your findings.

This is a work-integrated project done in conjunction with an industry partner. You will receive supervision from both an external supervisor (such as an industry-based practitioner) and an RMIT supervisor.

NB - You must get your project approved by the course coordinator prior to enrolling in the course.

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 your supervisors.

This 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
• Effective team membership and team leadership

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). The work will have direct relevance to the industrial organisation in which you are placed. This work will satisfy your Engineering Work Experience requirement.
Learning will take place primarily through independent work, guided by your supervisor(s).
The project supervisor and course coordinator will guide students through the process of undertaking this industry-based engineering project, which will 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. Each student has a first and second supervisor, with meetings scheduled with the supervisor on a regular basis (preferably weekly). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the project remains 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.

NOTE: Remember industry work experience and final year project are two different things.
For industry work experience you are required to work full time (i.e. 5 days a week) for a minimum of 12 weeks in a professional engineering environment under supervision of a professional engineer.
The final year project (academic or industry) must have significant amount of engineering and research components at a graduate engineer level.
Research: The project must involve significant research. Research involves the creation of new knowledge by exploring mathematics, sciences, and engineering sciences to look for new answers or insights that will contribute to the advancement of engineering. Research is also defined as the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes.
Engineering: The project must involve significant engineering problem solving methods. This includes some or all of the following: Define requirements, constraints and specifications; Use engineering tools, techniques and resources; Review and apply standards and codes of practice; Manage uncertain data and non-technical factors; Partition problems into manageable parts then re-combine; Assess alternative approaches to justify an optimal solution; Manage technical, health, environmental and other risks; Comply with legislative and statutory requirements.
If you plan to do an industry-based project and plan to claim it against work experience as well, and then remember it must have significant research and engineering components to be considered as a final year project. When claiming industry project for work experience the industry project must be a minimum of 24 week full time (5 days a week) done in industry under supervision of a professional engineer.

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 Proposal (individual) Weighting of final grade:  Total 15% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3   Assessment item: Project management  Weighting of final grade:  Total 15% Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3   Assessment item: Journal Paper (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