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The subject involves undertaking a substantial group project (typically in groups of three students) requiring an independent investigation on an approved topic in advanced engineering design and / or research. Each project is carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff and where appropriate an industry partner.
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 engineering science disciplines, often as an adjunct to existing academic research initiatives.
It is expected that the Capstone Project will incorporate findings associated with both well-defined professional practice and research principles and will provide students with the opportunity to integrate technical knowledge and generic skills gained in earlier years.
The project component of this subject is supplemented by a lecture course dealing with project management tools and practices.
Note: Students are to take Engineering Capstone Project Part 1 and then subsequently continue with Engineering Capstone Project Part 2 in the following semester. Upon successful completion of this project, students will receive 25 points credit.
Intended learning outcomes
- 1. successfully complete a distinct engineering project;
- 2. effectively communicate the outcomes of various stages of an engineering project;
- 3. learn and apply standard engineering project management tools;
- 4. identify standard organisational structures, analyse the relative merits of different approaches, and implement and report on the approach taken by the project team.
- 5. describe the role of published research, precedent, prior art, patents, registered designs and standards in the engineering project;
- 6. explore and articulate the impact of activities associated with the engineering profession in the wider community.
- Ability to apply knowledge of engineering science and engineering methods to solve complex problems.
- Ability to comprehend complex concepts and effectively communicate this understanding.
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
- Ability to plan work and use time effectively.
- Ability to function effectively in multidisciplinry teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.
- Ability to manage project group dynamics.
- Ability to function effectively in a professional engineering environment.
- Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large.
- Capacity for independent thought
Last updated: 3 November 2022