The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The Final Year Project course provides students with the opportunity to apply their skills, developed over the previous three years, to an open-ended research/engineering problem of their choice. Projects are supervised by an individual member of academic staff and may be experimental, theoretical, computational or applied in nature.

An important resultant from this course is for students to develop and practice their project and time-management skills. Furthermore, the ‘FYP’ provides a capstone opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to communicate through both written reports and seminars.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

PSB Singapore

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

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.

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 Seminar

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


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

Seminars only for Part A, no additional seminars for Part B students. Part B students will be notified if a special seminar is scheduled.