Final Year Engineering Project - Part A

Course code ELEC4840AUnits 10Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Final Year Projects represent the culmination of study towards the Bachelor of Engineering degree. Projects offer the opportunity to apply and extend material learned throughout the program. Assessment is by means of a seminar presentation, submission of a thesis, and a public demonstration of work undertaken.

In contrast to the majority of courses studied elsewhere in the program, projects are undertaken individually or in small groups. This necessarily introduces the dimension of workload management into the program to enable completion of a large, relatively unstructured "assignment" over the course of the year.

The projects undertaken span a diverse range of topics, including theoretical, simulation and experimental studies, and vary from year to year. The emphasis is necessarily on facilitating student learning in technical, project management and presentation spheres.

This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence.
Part A and Part B must be in consecutive terms (regardless of mode - ie semester/trimester/block).
Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
UoN SingaporeTrimester 2, Trimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe aims of this course are to provide a vehicle for students to consolidate, enhance and demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained from coursework studies through the Electrical, Computer, Telecommunications or Mechatronics Engineering degrees through a program of individual or small group directed study. The knowledge and skills addressed include:

1. research and critical evaluation of technical information relevant to project topic
2. technical knowledge relevant to project topic
3. time and resource management skills
4. preparation and presentation of information to engineers and other professionals
5. knowledge and demonstration of occupational health and safety responsibilities
ContentThis course will be conducted largely as an individual or small group project under the direct supervision of a member of academic staff. The specific project topic undertaken will reflect the common interests and expertise of the student(s) and supervisor. Students will be required to:

1) perform a literature search to review current knowledge and developments in the chosen technical area
2) undertake detailed technical work in the chosen area using one or more of:
a) theoretical studies
b) computer simulations
c) hardware construction
3) produce progress reports or maintain a professional journal to establish work completed, and to schedule additional work within the time frame specified for the project
4) deliver a seminar on the general area of work being undertaken and specific contributions to that field
5) prepare a formal report describing the work undertaken and results obtained so far
Replacing Course(s)ELEC4800A, ELEC4850A and ELEC4890A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge3rd year of Electrical, Computer, Telecommunications or Mechatronics Engineering degree
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Presentations - IndividualTechnical content and presentation of a seminar/presentation/interview. As per course outline.
ReportsTechnical content and presentation of interim report as per course outline. Students must receive a grade of 50% or more on the interim report in order to pass Part A of the Final Year Project (which consists of Part A and Part B).
Contact HoursSeminar: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentCompulsory course components are:

• Satisfactory completion of OH&S requirements

An objective of the course is for students to demonstrate appropriate knowledge of their occupational health and safety responsibilities. Students are required to complete a lab induction, lab access quiz and risk assessment relevant to their project by the dates published in the course outline. Multiple attempts are possible on the lab induction and lab access quiz. However, the lab induction, lab access quiz and risk assessment must be finalised by the date specified in the course outline. No extensions will be given (except in the case of adverse circumstances) as it is University (and general industry) policy to require a completed risk assessment before commencing any project activity.

• Satisfactory completion of seminar

An objective of the course is for students to present information to engineers and other professionals. Students are required to give a public seminar on their project topic during the formal examination period. Seminars will be assessed according to criteria in the course outline. Students, whose seminar is determined unsatisfactory, along with those unable to give a seminar due to adverse circumstances, will be given a second opportunity to present a public seminar.

• Students must receive a grade of 50% or more in their interim report to pass ELEC4840A and proceed to ELEC4840B

Objectives of this course include the requirement to develop technical knowledge in the given project area, to manage the progress of the project and to present information to other engineers. The interim report is a tool to assess the student’s knowledge, progress and report writing skills. The interim report is assessed according to criteria in the course outline. A mark less than 50% indicates the student has either inadequate knowledge or progress to be able to satisfactorily complete their project in ELEC4840B. There is no opportunity to re-submit an interim report (except in the case of adverse circumstances) as the report represents the culmination of a semester / trimesters work. Substantial work would be required to rectify a project where inadequate progress is made. Students have regular meetings with their supervisors during the semester to provide feedback on their progress.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ELEC4840A