Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence.

Develops research techniques and ability to work individually on a problem. The student and academic supervisor (frequently an industrial sponsor is involved) establish the objectives and expected outcomes of the research project, which is then pursued by the student under the guidance of the supervisor(s).

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. 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.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE4971A. Students who have successfully completed CHEE4971A are not eligible to enrol in CHEE4975A.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Carry out a major research project in the field of process technology.

2. Develop research techniques such as literature reviews, evaluations of previous work in the area.

3. Demonstrate their ability to work individually on a problem.

4. Enhance their report writing abilities and bibliographic referencing

5. Demonstrate their ability to present a major piece of research as a short summary-type seminar.


Each student is required to:

  • Develop a research proposal after discussions with the supervisor and consulting relevant literature on the topic of the research.
  • Prepare a plan of experimental or computer work and carry this out, with modifications as the results of the work progress.
  • Submit a Final Research Report which incorporates the results and conclusions of the research carried out in a scientific, logical and ordered manner.In certain projects, experimental equipment is designed and developed by the student.


Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 210 units to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of all Year 1-3 courses.

Assessment items

Report: Part A - Safety induction, risk assessment and SOP(s)* *

Report: Part A - Literature Review

Presentation: Part A - Seminar (Preliminary)

Presentation: Part B - Seminar (Final)

Report: Part B - Report

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. - WH&S Laboratory Safety Induction. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction. See course objectives 1 and 3. Alternative arrangements to be made on a case-by-case basis with the Laboratory Manager. Participation in workshops and oral presentations. In order to complete this course students must participate in timetabled workshops and oral presentations. See course objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Details of the assessment criteria for participation will be given in the Course Outline and distributed via Blackboard. Alternative arrangements to be made on a case-by-case basis with the Course Coordinator.

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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