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

0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Prof Chris Davies



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit addresses the scientific method in relation to engineering research including formal logic, how to formulate a hypothesis; experimental design and analysis; presentation of a scientific argument; the philosophy of research and the intellectual tradition. The unit will explore research in industry, and the commercialisation pathway.


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

  1. Construct a hypothesis relevant to their research.
  2. Formulate an experimental or computational campaign to investigate a hypothesis.
  3. Analyse experimental or computational data to advance a scientific argument.
  4. Critically evaluate hypotheses constructed by others.
  5. Judge the validity of scientific argument.
  6. Critically compare philosophies of research.


Continuous assessment: 70%
Examination: 30%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit.

Workload requirements

The minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 120 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average two or three hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher-directed learning, invited seminars, peer directed learning, online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students enrolled in a PhD in mechanical, aerospace or mechatronics only.