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.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Dr Jing Fu (Clayton); Dr Wang Xin (Malaysia)



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


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


Students undertake a self-guided learning task in the form of a project.
Projects may be a single semester or (in conjunction with MEC4402) a full year in length [Enrolment by Departmental approval only]. Projects will consist of either a design, theoretical, or experimental investigation. The project may be undertaken either within the Department or externally with a company or research organization. In either case, an academic member of staff will act as the supervisor. While some projects may benefit from group based work it is expected that students will work individually on each project.
NB. Before work is started on the project a safety induction and risk assessment process will be completed.


On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Conduct an independent, scientifically based research project under broad direction;
  2. Develop a research plan based on scientific methodologies and sound research practices taking into account assessment of risk factors;
  3. Apply sound scientific method and research practices to undertake project work;
  4. Manage a research project effectively within technical, budgetary, risk and time constraints;
  5. Undertake an extensive review of relevant scientific literature and critically analyse its relevance to the project work being proposed;
  6. Utilize data acquisition tools, data analysis and/or other technological tools effectively;
  7. Justify the validity of their findings by quantifying errors in their technique;
  8. Communicate their findings to a professional audience;
  9. Apply techniques of scientific theory to provide logical reasoning and hypothesis testing to justify their results.


Full semester project-based work.

Workload requirements

1 hour lecture and 11 hours of private sudy per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


18 engineering credit points at level three