Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course deals with the concept of research and research communication skills: involving information processing, literature review, research problem definitions, documentation of research/experiment outcomes, and oral presentation. The research communication skills in conjunction with a specific experimental topic chosen by the student are central to the activity of this course. These are associated with basic measurement techniques, sourcing, evaluating, reporting on literature, planning an experiment, safety in the laboratory, and data processing techniques. The skills obtained in Part A is directly linked to the masters level project in Part B.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

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. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the results of existing research

2. Devise hypotheses for testing

3. Plan experiments to test hypotheses

4. Safely conduct experiments

5. Analyse experimental data

6. Report and present effectively on findings

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

8. Demonstrate a high level of self-directed learning


1.    Research concept

2.    Research communication skills

3.    Evaluation of literature

4.    Seminars

5.    Data presentation

6.    Report writing




Assessment items

Presentation: Part A Seminar 1

Written Assignment: Part A Literature Review 1

Presentation: Part A Seminar 2

Written Assignment: Part A Experiment Report

Presentation: Part A Seminar 3

Written Assignment: Part A Literature Review 2

Written Assignment: Part B MPE Thesis

Written Assignment: Part B FYP Conference Abstract Submission

Presentation: Part B Seminar at FYP Conference

Contact hours



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


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

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