1 x 60-minute lecture weekly
1 x 480-minute seminar per semester
8 x 60-minute supervised studies per semester
67.5 units of topics
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGR4700, ENGR4700A, ENGR4700B, ENGR4700C, ENGR4700D, ENGR4710A, ENGR5700A, ENGR5700B, ENGR5700C, ENGR5700D, ENGR5710A, ENGR5710B has been successfully completed
Course context

This topic is taught and assessed as a continuum.

Topic description

The engineering project is intended to promote the development of research including communication and technical skills through an investigation of a particular area under the guidance of a supervisor. The project is not merely a large system-building exercise. Rather, the principle objective is for students to show initiative, acquire new knowledge, develop basic research skills, and develop insight in assimilating and critically evaluating ideas. The nature of the investigation will depend on the project itself but is likely to include: a literature search; the identification (in collaboration with the supervisor) of a suitable project; the planning and management of the project; the execution of the plan resulting indefensible results; the development and presentation of seminar(s); and, the production of a report embodying the methods and results of the project. Other aspects which may be included in some projects include: liaison with other researchers, industry practitioners and/or the community, either working on similar projects or with expertise required for the project, as may be appropriate; and, external presentation of results.

Educational aims

On completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand of the open research issues in a given area of investigation
  • Further develop analytical and critical thinking skills appropriate to research
  • Further develop technical skills relevant to the given area of investigation
  • Further develop high level writing and communication skills through the writing of reports including a final thesis and the delivery of presentations related to the project
  • Develop project managementskills appropriate to research-oriented investigation
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of discipline fundamentals and research principles, together with a deep understanding of specialist knowledge and familiarity with recent developments for a particular area
  2. Critically review and consolidate existing knowledge, analyse alternatives, and synthesise established approaches to solve complex problems in a particular problem domain
  3. Develop and effectively deliver clear and coherent presentations to an audience of peers
  4. Write professional reports that convey technical ideas and solutions accurately and completely
  5. Exercise initiative and judgement in adapting established solutions to diverse contexts within broadly defined parameters

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.