Course Title: Masters Research Project Part 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Research Project Part 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2021


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Prof. Pavel Trivailo

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 6274

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus, Blg 251, Level 3, Room 16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

OENG1120 Research Methods in Engineering or equivalent

Course Description


This course is designed to consolidate and expand the knowledge gained throughout the program through an in-depth experimental and/or analytical study of a highly technical and/or engineering management application. You will undertake this course in the first of your final two semesters of your Masters program. The two courses constitute the major experimental and/or analytical research project for the program and engage you in achieving the objectives of a research project investigated and formulated in Research Methods. You will work on research projects individually or in small groups; however, you will submit individual reports and be assessed on your individual project work.

In this course you will plan your research project, conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, undertake research work to a high level standard of professional engineers and researchers, evaluate and report your research findings. This project is completed in the companion course “Master’s Research Project Part 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 supervisors. You will work on your project individually or in small groups; however, you will submit individual reports and be assessed on your individual project work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes:

4. Professional Practice

  • Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience
  • Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work
  • Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

5. Research

  • Plan and execute a substantial research-based project, with creativity and initiative in new situations in professional practice and with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering challenges
  • Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities
  • Demonstrate professional use and management of information.
  • Acknowledge (clearly) your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people

Upon successful completion of the course you should be able to:

  1. Plan an independent research project at an advanced professional engineering level;
  2. Locate and critically analyse scientific literature and use this to inform the planning and management of a research project;
  3. Apply sound engineering practices and research methods to undertake project work;
  4. Communicate the context, goals and risks and progress 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 project supervisor and supporting lectures.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will typically need to use professional level resources (specialist books, journal articles and conference proceedings) that are accessible in the RMIT library and other major libraries. The internet and course notes may be helpful, but will not be sufficient by themselves to support an entire project at this level.

Overview of Assessment

Hurdles (choose the appropriate checkbox):

X  This course has no additional requirements (hurdles) for completion



Assessment item:  Project proposal
Weighting of final grade: 20%
Related course learning outcomes: CLO1, CLO2

Assessment item:  Thesis
Weighting of final grade: 60%
Related course learning outcomes: CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment item:  Video Presentation
Weighting of final grade:  20%
Related course learning outcomes:  CLO2, CLO3, CLO4