Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Prof Jeffrey Walker


This unit is intended to develop the foundation research capability and requisite skills of a mining engineer to develop a body of knowledge related to a particular problem. This unit must be taken with either MNE4060 Research Project II to form a full year project, or with MNE4070 Research Project III as two separate project topics. The decision must be made at the time of choosing the project topic for MNE4050. Students undertake an individual self-guided learning task in the form of a research project. The project may be undertaken within the department or externally within a company. In either case, an academic member of staff will act as the supervisor.


At the conclusion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • develop a research proposal based on scientific methodologies and sound research practices taking into account assessment of risk factors;
  • conduct an independent, scientifically based research project under broad direction;
  • critically review and evaluate the established thinking and literature on the project topic
  • justify the validity of assumptions and reasonableness of subsequent findings through logical and critical analysis of the data and literature
  • present in the form of a poster presentation
  • synthesise findings to a professional audience through an oral presentation and prepare a conference paper to the standards of AusIMM (if unit is taken with MNE4070)
  • prepare a project progress report and a critical evaluation on the project topic (if unit is taken with MNE4060)


Practical work (proposal poster presentation and either i) a progress report if taken with MNE4060 or ii) a conference paper and seminar presentation if taken with MNE4070: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One hour of consultation with supervisor per week and 11 hours per week working on the project.


138 credit points




MNE4060 Research project II and MNE4070 Research Project III in same semester as MNE4050