Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


6000 level

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, 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.



  • 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. Identify engineering problems and provide solutions

2. Manage information and documentation

3. Demonstrate creativity and innovation

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. Understand professional and ethical responsibilities and a show a commitment to them

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

•    Designing equipment/experiments/models

•    Learning/developing new techniques

•    Implementing what they have learned to solve an engineering problem 

Assessment items

Written Assignment: MPE Thesis

Presentation: Seminar

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

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

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