ENG5006 - Research practice - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Prof Chris Davies


Dr Callum Atkinson (Clayton)
Professor Chris Davies (Clayton)
Dr Ivan Zhang (Suzhou)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Term 3 2019 (On-campus)




Together with ENG5005, this unit provides a challenging opportunity for students to pursue an independent, self-guided research review aimed at advancing the body of knowledge relevant to the topic. The review will involve a critical assessment of the current literature and will include a combination of literature review, proposing hypotheses, experimental design, and preliminary experimental investigation. The project and its outcomes will be communicated to a wider audience via a technical review paper, and oral presentations. This unit is the second part of a two-unit project.


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

  1. Formulate a research plan based on the scientific method coupled with a rational Design of Experiments approach.
  2. Critically evaluate the current scientific literature relevant to the topic and assess its limitations based on an extensive literature review.
  3. Evaluate data, and support the validity of the findings by quantifying errors.
  4. Convey their findings in both written and verbal formats, and critique and evaluate the work of others.
  5. Engage in regular self-assessment and peer-assessment of individual and team performance as a primary means of tracking continuing professional development.


Continuous assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

1-hour consultation workshop with the project supervisor and 11 hours of private study per week.

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