Course Outline

ENG402 Engineering Project 2

Course Coordinator:Christophe Gerber (cgerber@usc.edu.au) School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

The final year project (ENG401 and ENG402) represents the capstone and culmination of your four-year engineering degree. It allows you to demonstrate that you can put engineering theory into practice and operate at a professional level. The overall aim of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in engineering research and design. This will be done through an approved research or design project and the production of a report and oral defence that clearly present your 'results' and evidence the application of engineering technical skills and knowledge.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus initial workshop 2hrs Week 1 Once Only
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – On campus workshop to be held in week 5 and 9 1hr Week 5 2 times
Independent Study/Research – Independent work is expected every week. Hours/duration will depend on the individual project. Minimum expected hours is 10 hours per week. 10hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Planning and execution of final year engineering project
Conducting of research relevant to the engineering discipline
Roles and responsibilities in an engineering project
Collaborative work with an Advisor and project team
Communication of project information in various forms

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

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
1 Apply the Engineering Process to conduct an engineering project. Empowered
1, 2
2 Challenge engineering practice and contribute to new developments in your engineering discipline. Empowered
Engaged
1, 2
3 Define a problem and formulate a problem statement. Empowered
1, 2, 3
4 Review, engage and challenge the (research) literature in a specialist domain / an engineering discipline. Ethical
Engaged
1, 2, 3
5 Develop and design concepts, solutions and procedures in your engineering discipline. Creative and critical thinker
Engaged
1, 2
6 Test and evaluate your concepts, solutions and procedures to reach informed decisions. Empowered
Sustainability-focussed
1, 2
7 Reflect on and evaluate the project impacts for the community (e.g. engineering discipline) and environment. Ethical
Sustainability-focussed
2, 3
8 Manage your project incl. planning, organising and managing resources and prioritising competing demands. Empowered
Engaged
2, 3
9 Communicate about your project, its development and outcomes to a professional audience in several media. Engaged
3
10 Work collaboratively in a project team. Engaged
3

* Competencies by Professional Body

CODE COMPETENCY
Engineers Australia
1 KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL BASE (SELECT FROM SUB-CATEGORIES BELOW)
2 ENGINEERING APPLICATION ABILITY (SELECT FROM SUB-CATEGORIES BELOW)
3 PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES (SELECT FROM SUB-CATEGORIES BELOW)

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

ENG401

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

You will meet with your Academic Advisor(s) for your Project Preview in Week 1, when you will receive advice and guidelines to complete your project. You will have consistent contact with your Academic Advisor(s) during the whole semester.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual or Group 0%
0.5-1.0 hour.
Week 1 To Supervisor
All 2 Artefact - Professional Individual or Group 5%
3 minutes.
Week 7 Online Submission
All 3 Report Individual or Group 5%
10,000-17,500 words (Refer to Format).
Week 11 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 4 Report Individual or Group 80%
10,000-17,500 words (Refer to Format).
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 5 Oral Individual or Group 10%
Individual: up to 30 minutes, Group: up to 45 minutes.
Exam Period In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Project Preview
Goal:
Plan the end of your project incl. re-affirming your goals, timelines and project activities to ensure the completion of your project.
Product: Written Piece
Format:
This project preview will take the form of either an individual or project team discussion with your project Advisor(s) by the end of Week 1 (the discussions and feedback from ENG401 Tasks 4 & 5 shall be considered).
For Groups, an evaluation of their Statement of collaboration shall also be conducted as part of the preview.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Communication of the progress to date
9
2
Consistent progress towards project aims
8
3
Ethical conduct and professional accountability
8
4
Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
9
5
Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
8
6
Effective team membership and team leadership. (Group only)
10
All - Assessment Task 2:3MT Video
Goal:
You present a brief synopsis of your project, communicating and dessimating information about your project.
Product: Artefact - Professional
Format:
Your 3MT video is a to-date snapshot or synopsis of your project. In 3 minutes (but no less than 2'45''), you introduce the topic and present key information, findings and/or (expected) benefits of your project. 
Instructions for submission are provided on Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Communication of the progress and/or findings of the project to date
9
2
Presentation and communication of the project in written and visual formats using appropriate terminology and visual aids to a professional audience
9
3
Appropriate format and use of poster structure/graphics, grammar, syntax, referencing, etc.
9
4
Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
9
5
Effective team membership and team leadership. (Group only)
10
All - Assessment Task 3:Final project report (draft)
Goal:
The purpose of this task is to receive feedback on a draft version of your Final project report. In your Final project report (draft), you provide a written account of your final year project, presenting your solution(s) and outcomes of your investigation, e.g. design solution(s), recommendations, etc., supported by evidences.
Product: Report
Format:
The Final project report (draft) corresponds to a review-ready version of your Final project report. It presents and details your solutions, incl. the steps towards the solutions to the project problem. It provides and clarifies the background of the project. It communicates ideas and methods used to obtain your answer.  
The Final project report (draft) is a professional engineering report that shall be concisely worded, well-organised, and understandable to any engineers in the relevant field or discipline. 
The Final project report (draft) is an opportunity to receive feedback on your report in preparation for the submission of your Final project report in Week 13. 
Structure and format: Your report adheres to the conventions of engineering reports. 
Length: Word count includes Sections of previous Task(s) eg. ENG401 reports. For groups, larger word limits can be negotiated with your principal Academic Advisor and the Course Coordinator.
Further instructions for submission are provided on Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Application of advanced knowledge and skills
1
2
Evaluation and consolidation of knowledge to provide a solution to a complex engineering problem with intellectual independence.
2 4
3
Identification of factors likely to influence engineering project outcomes
7
4
Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
2 3
5
Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
5 6
6
Effective team membership and team leadership (Group only).
10
All - Assessment Task 4:Final project report
Goal:
You provide a written account of your final year project, presenting your solution(s) and outcomes of your investigation, e.g. design solution(s), recommendations, etc., supported by evidences.
Product: Report
Format:
The Final project report is a professional engineering report that shall be concisely worded, well-organised, and understandable to any engineers in the relevant field. Your report presents and details your solutions, incl. the steps towards the solutions to the project problem. It provides and clarifies the background of the project. It communicates ideas and methods used to obtain your answer.  

Structure and format: With a length of 10,000-17,500 words, your report adheres to the conventions of engineering reports, noting the word count includes Sections of previous Task(s) of ENG401 and ENG402 (for groups, larger word limits can be negotiated with your principal Academic Advisor and the Course Coordinator). Instructions for submission are provided on Canvas, incl. mandatory content.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
​Application of advanced knowledge and skills
1
2
Evaluation and consolidation of knowledge to provide a solution to a complex engineering problem with intellectual independence.
2 4
3
Identification of factors likely to influence engineering project outcomes
7
4
Application of fundamental principles of project management
8
5
Organisation, presentation, and communication of project
9
6
Appropriate format and use of report structure, grammar and syntax, referencing
9
All - Assessment Task 5:Project presentation
Goal:
You present your project to your Peers and give informed responses to your Peers and Examiners.
Product: Oral
Format:
You deliver a detailed face-to-face presentation of your project and answer questions from an audience. 
You can utilise visual aids (e.g. slides, artefact, etc.) to present information of your project concisely and precisely (to an audience of professional engineers). 
Your Project presentation is timed as follows: 
Individual: up to 30 minutes, includes presentation and question time, or  
Group: up to 45 minutes, includes presentation and question time (be prepared to respond to a randomly assigned question(s)). You will also need to manage your presentation to ensure each team member has adequate and sufficient speaking time,
Instructions for submission are provided on Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Communicate project findings in an oral format using appropriate terminology and visual aids to a professional audience
9
2
Evaluation of project and discussion including responding to comments and questions
9
3
Identification of factors likely to influence engineering project outcomes
7
4
Application of fundamental principles of project management
8
5
If you are in a group, you are awarded an individual grade for this task. Your mark may be determined by an algorithm that uses the Examiners’ assessment and marks. A benchmarking approach may also be used.​
10
6
Effective team membership and team leadership. (Group only)
10

Directed study hours

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. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

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.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

You will be required to discuss with your Advisor(s) any specific requirements and needs, e.g. laboratory equipment, software, that you believe your project may have.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all studio and laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

No eligibility for Supplementary Assessment.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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