The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills developed over their program to an open-ended engineering problem of their choice. Projects are supervised by a member of the academic staff and may be experimental, theoretical, computational or practical in nature. An important goal is to help students develop project and time-management skills, and the ability to communicate through the report and seminar.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify engineering problems and provide solutions

2. Manage information and documentation

3. Demonstrate creativity and innovation in their work

4. Appreciate the broad range of issues which impact on Engineering

5. Produce a professional level engineering report

6. Produce a professional level presentation

7. Communicate effectively in an engineering context in both written and verbal modes

8. Apply time and project management skills to an engineering project

9. Demonstrate a commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities

10. Demonstrate an advanced capacity for self-directed learning


A project based on knowledge acquired during the program.Students are responsible for:

  • Reviewing current literature
  • Design of equipment/experiments/models
  • Learning/developing new techniques
  • Implementation of their prior learning to solve an engineering problem. 

Assessment items

Thesis: MPE Thesis

Presentation: Seminar

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Plus regular meetings with designated supervisor