Problem solving skills are essential requirements for engineers. When complex theoretical and technical problems are solved, new knowledge is created. In this course you learn how to apply the engineering research process and methods of inquiry to solve these problems. This involves critiquing current research in your discipline and developing competence in using instruments and software to collect data. You analyse and evaluate the results and judge their quality and limitations. You also learn how to communicate findings in specific engineering formats to specialist audiences.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning materials||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Seminar – Guest speakers will be invited to present to the students in weeks 1, 6 and 12.||1hr||Week 1||3 times|
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * Engineers Australia Stage 1 Professional Engineer Competency Standards|
|1||Apply current knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods used in engineering research.||Empowered||
|2||Analyse, interpret and evaluate data that relate to complex theoretical and technical engineering problems.||Creative and critical thinker||
|3||Communicate complex research results to specialist audiences.||Engaged||
|4||Act professionally, autonomously and in teams to produce a professional product.||Ethical||
|Engineers Australia Stage 1 Professional Engineer Competency Standards|
|1.4||Knowledge and Skill Base: Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.|
|2.1||Engineering Application Ability: Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.|
|3.3||Professional and Personal Attributes: Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.|
|3.4||Professional and Personal Attributes: Professional use and management of information.|
|3.5||Professional and Personal Attributes: Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.|
|3.6||Professional and Personal Attributes: Effective team membership and team leadership.|
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192 units and enrolled in Program SC404, SC405, SC410, SC411, SC425
Statistics, computer programming (e.g. MATLAB and EXCEL scripting) to analyse data
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Online quizzes from week 2 will provide both the student and the lecturer/tutors with a mechanism for tracking the student’s progress.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
Online quizzes related to the material presented each week
|Refer to Format||Online Submission|
|All||2||Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece||Group||40%||
Pitch video + 1500 word technical report
|Week 7||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Literature Review (or component)||Individual||30%||
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Two Quizzes|
To demonstrate and apply knowledge, analyse relationships, and solve problems in Engineering research methods.
Weeks 4 and 12 You will be asked to solve Engineering problems in an online quiz for two weeks of the semester in Canvas based on material covered in the learning material and tutorials.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Data Analyses of an Engineering-based Problem|
This is an authentic assessment item that immerses you in the complexity you can expect as a practicing engineer applying your knowledge of the engineering research process and methods. You will demonstrate skill in data techniques to determine the limitations inherent in measurement and analyses.
|Product:||Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece|
You will be participating in the GovHack Queensland weekend event and provided with real data that is in the public domain. You will work collaboratively to create a video pitch of idea/concept and solution and write a technical report on analyses conducted. You will be awarded an individual grade according to an algorithm that uses the grade assigned by the lecturer/tutor for the whole task plus a rating of your contribution by the other students in the group (a peer assessment)-. Peer ratings are submitted when you submit the report. Marks will be recorded and made available to students through Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Literature review and identifying a research question|
You will take the role of a researcher and write an individual 1500 word literature review and critically analyse a publication in a relevant Civil or Mechanical Engineering field.
|Product:||Literature Review (or component)|
1500 words Harvard referencing
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Thiel, D.V||2014||Research Methods for Engineers (eBook available through the library)||n/a||Cambridge University Press, UK|
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