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This subject involves undertaking a major research or advanced innovative design project requiring an independent investigation and the preparation of reports on an approved topic. Students will present their findings in a conference presentation format, held at the end of the project cycle in the latter half of semester two.
The emphasis of the project can be associated with either:
- Explorative approach, where students will pursue outcomes associated with new knowledge or understanding within the biomedical engineering or science disciplines, often as an adjunct to existing academic research initiatives.
- A well-defined innovative project, usually based on a research and development 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 research and development professional engineers.
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
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)
Having completed this unit the student should be able to:
1. Search, analyse and document engineering science and other relevant literature in order to determine the need for further research in a chosen area;
2. Devise a methodology of investigation to improve knowledge or understanding of a chosen topic;
3. Collect and analyse a range of data (both qualitative and quantitative) to improve our collective understanding of a chosen topic;
4. Write a project report that follows good engineering science practice;
5. Present an oral presentation of the findings of an investigation to an audience of peers or lay people.
On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and as a member of a collaborative research team.
- Understanding of the principles of research.
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning.
- Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.
Last updated: 30 January 2020