Course Title: Engineering Capstone Project Part B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Capstone Project Part B

Credit Points: 12.00



Course Coordinator: There is a Discipline Coordinator for each Engineering discipline

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8098

Course Coordinator Email: OENG1168@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: Please use the generic email address for all communications related to this course.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

An essential prerequisite for this course is Engineering Capstone Project (Part A). When combined with this course it coalesces and further develops all of the graduate attributes and skills that you have learnt and established to date in an authentic full-academic- year engineering experience.


Course Description

This second half of the capstone engineering research and development (R&D) project concludes a culminating experience that applies your technical knowledge, research, design and professional engineering skills. It maybe industry based and aims to produce a well-managed practical and pertinent solution to either discipline specific, or cross disciplinary engineering problems, through robust research and established engineering design processes. This second part of the project (Part B) focuses on:

  • Summarising the outcomes from your ‘Engineering Capstone Project (Part A)’;
  • Clearly articulating a plan, including milestones and responsibilities;
  • The application of a methodical design process for the systemic optimisation and embodiment of an engineered solution;
  • The manufacture of a tangible deliverable (where appropriate * )
  • The test and verification of the solution
  • A comprehensive suite of relevant project documentation (such as reports and drawings).

*Note: The project may require the design of a reliable process, in which case a tangible product would not be expected.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

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 problem 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 pro­active demeanour.
3.4 Professional use and management of information.
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Plan and ethically consider the entire project lifespan and its influences;
  2. Combine engineering theory with rigorous research in using design processes for the consideration of the best possible solutions.
  3. Effectively manage and deliver the preliminary aspects of a research and development project at a professional engineering level.
  4. Effectively communicate in oral and written form, using appropriate language and terminologies.


Overview of Learning Activities

The authentic engineering project (representative of relevant real-world challenges) is intended to develop self-motivated life-long learning skills and is dependent upon the application of initiative and a proactive approach to your experience, whether you are part of a team or conducting this as an individual. You will form a close working relationship through regular (at least fortnightly) meetings with an academic supervisor, and where applicable an industry mentor, who will both offer guidance, advice and assessment. In addition to the assessment deliverables, you will be expected to keep a comprehensive record of your meetings and progress in a professional journal. The Learning Management System shall provide relevant information, resources and expectations. This project exemplifies the development of employability skills, and potential employers will be genuinely interested in your role and your achievements.


Overview of Learning Resources

While the internet will be helpful, students will need to utilise the physical and digital resources of the library to assist their research. Relevant specialised equipment, materials and software will be made available where possible, however the scope of the project needs to be tailored to suit what is reasonably practical.


Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements and consists of the following assessment tasks:

Early assessment task – Completion Plan
Weighting 10%
This shall clearly articulate the proposed solution and remaining plan to complete the project.
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 4

Assessment task 2 - Final report
Weighting 40%
This report will be an evolution of the report from Part A and shall comprise an executive summary; a clear exposition of the problem; a comprehensive literature review; a benchmarking exercise; definition of the criteria and constraints; design selection, embodiment of the chosen design; discussion and conclusions.
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment task 3 – Oral Presentation
Weighting 30%
The quality of a well-structured, clearly and appropriately communicated project presentation shall be assessed.
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment task 4 - Professional practice and contribution
Weighting 20%
Professional conduct and performance shall be assessed throughout the regular meetings and record keeping (i.e. professional journal).
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Note: If any assessment is the product of a team contribution, it shall be clear who has contributed, how and where, and/or subjected to a peer review for the clear individualisation of marks.