The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Working under broad direction of a chosen academic supervisor, students undertake a substantial and open ended engineering project that encompasses research, problem solving, and report writing. Projects vary from highly theoretical research, through to strongly applied research projects, but in all projects a high level of personal drive is required to optimise the outcome.

The ‘FYP’ is your ‘Capstone’ educational experience allowing you to draw elements from across your degree to a single point of focus, you will need to demonstrate exceptional self-management and need to clearly demonstrate you are in control and leading the project through your final written submission.

Your grade is based on your final written report, reflective of your 450 hours of productive work, though your mark is moderated by your oral presentation outcomes.

Your Part A report, reflecting the initial 150 hours of work carries a Compulsory Component such that if your Part A report does not demonstrate sufficient commitment or progress in the project, you can be excluded from the Part B component.

A comprehensive FYP Manual is available from the Blackboard site and is your first point of reference for all questions relating to your FYP.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

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.

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. Have demonstrated creative and innovative solutions to encountered problems

4. Appreciate the issues surrounding the conduct of an engineering project

5. Communicate effectively with the engineering team and with the community at large

6. Demonstrate self-directed learning


Individually supervised  projects based on knowledge acquired during the first three years of the program.

Students are responsible for:

  • reviewing current literature,
  • design of equipment/experiments/models,
  • learning/developing new techniques, and
  • implementing what they have learned to solve an engineering problem.
  • developing an appropriate thesis-style document.


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

Assumed knowledge

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

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Part A Project Initiation Form

Written Assignment: Part A Conference Abstract

Written Assignment: Part A Report *

Presentation: Part A Conference

Written Assignment: Part B Conference Abstract

Report: Part B Thesis

Presentation: Part B Conference/Defence

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


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

Lectures are only for Part A, no additional scheduled lectures for Part B students. Part B students will be notified if a special lecture is scheduled.