Course Title: Engineering Capstone Project Part A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Capstone Project Part A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019

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

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 9925 8098

Course Coordinator Email:

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

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This capstone course coalesces and further develops all of the graduate attributes and skills that you have learnt and established to date. It is therefore intended to form part of your final year of engineering studies.

Course Description

This course is the first half of a research and development (R&D) project that comprises two sequential courses (Part A and Part B) and is the capstone for all engineering programmes within the School of Engineering. In this culminating academic experience you will apply your technical knowledge and further develop your research, design and professional engineering skills. The authentic project maybe industry based and focuses on producing well-managed practical and pertinent solutions to either discipline specific, or cross disciplinary engineering problems, through robust research and established engineering design processes. This first part of the project (Part A) focuses on:

  • articulation of the project requirements, challenge, need, problem or feasibility;
  • establishment of design criteria and constraints;
  • project planning;
  • the critical appraisal of all the relevant published material by way of a comprehensive literature search and review;
  • benchmarking of all related and relevant solutions;
  • and hence well-informed consideration of possible solutions.

After successfully passing this course you will undertake the required companion course “Engineering Capstone Project (Part B)” which will result in the fulfilment of the final project deliverable.

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 onward. See the WAM information web page for more information.

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

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. Relevant information, resources and expectations shall be provided by the Learning Management System. 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 - Project proposal and risk assessment
Weighting 25%
Each student shall clearly articulate the project problem, the scope of work and a mutually agreed contract for the project outcomes.
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 4

Assessment task 2 – Progress Report
Weighting 40%
This exercise will comprise an executive summary; a clear exposition of the problem; a literature review and benchmarking exercise; definition of the criteria and constraints and a preliminary conclusions.
The progress report is to be independently marked.
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment task 3 - Professional practice and contribution and presentation
Weighting 35%

The assessment comprises:

  • Engagement
  • Engineering Journal
  • Independence & collaboration
  • Progress presentation to supervisor

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: All assessments must be individualised. Where assessment is the product of a team contribution, it shall be clear who has contributed, how and where.