Faculty of Engineering

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Nikhil Medhekar



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides a challenging opportunity for students to pursue an independent, self-guided research project aimed at advancing the body of knowledge relevant to the topic. The project will involve a critical assessment of the current literature and will include one or a combination of design, development, and theoretical or experimental investigation work. The project plan and its outcomes will be communicated to a wider audience via a proposal, oral presentations, a progress report and a technical paper. The project may be undertaken either within the faculty or externally with a company or research organisation. This is the first part of a two-unit project.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate a research plan based on scientific methodologies and sound research practices taking into account assessment of risk factors.
  2. Develop and independently execute a project effectively within technical, budgetary, risk and time constraints.
  3. Critically assimilate the current scientific literature relevant to the topic and assess its boundaries based on an extensive review.
  4. Devise a sound data acquisition and analysis plan by using latest data acquisition, analysis and/or other technological tools effectively, and support the validity of the findings by quantifying errors in their techniques.
  5. Defend and communicate their findings to a professional audience, and appraise the relevance of the new knowledge created.


Project proposal (15%)
Progress report (25%)
Oral presentations (20%)
Technical paper (40%)

Workload requirements

11 hours of private study plus one-hour of consultation with project supervisor per week.

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Chief examiner(s)