Experimental Methods

Description

In this course, students learn and practice all aspects of conducting research in an engineering context. This includes coverage of basic measurement techniques; statistics and uncertainty; sourcing, evaluating and reporting on literature; planning an experiment; safety in the laboratory; and data processing techniques. These aspects are then integrated into the final element in which students plan, conduct, analyse and report on a major experiment directly linked to their honours project.

Availability

UoN Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Find and critically evaluate the results of existing research,

2. Devise well considered hypotheses for testing,

3. Plan experiments to rigorously test hypotheses,

4. Safely conduct experiments,

5. Rigorously analyse experimental data

6. Report effectively on findings.

7. Produce a professional level presentation;

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

9. Demonstrate self-directed learning

Content

Part 1: Tools

  1. Methods for critical review and evaluation of literature
  2. Measurement techniques and technologies
  3. Experiment planning
  4. Data analysis (statistics, plotting, curve fitting, evaluation of models, etc.)  

Part 2: Major Project  

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.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of all 1000, 2000, and a majority of 3000 level courses in the Mechanical Engineering program

Assessment Items

Presentation: Presentation

Report: Laboratory report

Quiz: Mid-semester quiz

Report: Major project progress report

Contact Hours

Callaghan

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term