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This subject is for Exchange students needing to complete a one year project.
The subject involves undertaking a substantial project requiring an independent investigation on an approved topic in advanced engineering design or research. The emphasis of the project can be associated with either:
- A well-defined project description, often based on a task required by an external, industrial client. Students will be tutored in the synthesis of practical solutions to complex technical problems within a structured working environment, as if they were professional engineering practitioners; or
- A project description that will require an explorative approach, where students will pursue outcomes associated with new knowledge or understanding, within the mechanical science disciplines, often as an adjunct to existing academic research initiatives.
It is expected that the project will incorporate findings associated with both well-defined professional practice and research principles.
Note: Students commence MCEN90042 Capstone Project Part 1 in Semester 1 or Semester 2 and then subsequently continue MCEN90043 Capstone Project Part 2 in the following semester. Upon successful completion of this project, students will receive 25 points credit.
Intended learning outcomes
- This subject is normally only available to Exchange students;
- Exchange students will complete a substantial project that is equivalent to one-eighth of a full-time course load (12.5 points), normally within the final year of study towards a professional engineering degree;
- Most students will complete this project over two semesters but start/finish dates can be flexible;
- Project selection will follow the procedure used for MCEN90022;
- The subject coordinator should be consulted before the task of securing a project begins.
On completion of this subject students should have the following skills:
- Critical thinking and critical judgement of assumptions adopted;
- Interpretation and analysis of data;
- Application of theory to practice;
- Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large;
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
- 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;
- Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development;
- Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development;
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them;
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
- Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom;
- Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
Last updated: 2 December 2019