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Candidates will undertake as individuals or as a member of a team a designated investigative project within a suitable industry partner that could involve critical analysis of a topic, experimental research and/or development, theoretical modelling, process simulation and/or the solution of an industrial problem. Rigorous planning and scheduling of the project, time management, written and verbal technical communication, interpretation of results and team work will be required. Working off campus may be also be required, depending on the project.
The exact content covered in the subject will depend to some extent on the nature of the industry project. Topics covered will most probably include literature searches, site safety, risk assessment, engineering analysis, modelling and design and report writing.
This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Plan and conduct an independent project within an industrial setting
- Communicate their research plan orally to an audience of their peers
- Analyse and evaluate their findings and present a detailed written report
- Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
- Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
- In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
- Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity
- Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship
Last updated: 6 December 2019