The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Final Year Projects represent the culmination of study towards the Bachelor of Engineering degree. Projects offer the opportunity to apply and extend material learned throughout the program. Assessment is by means of a seminar presentation, submission of a thesis, and a public demonstration of work undertaken.

In contrast to the majority of courses studied elsewhere in the program, projects are undertaken individually or in small groups. This necessarily introduces the dimension of workload management into the program to enable completion of a large, relatively unstructured "assignment" over the course of the year.

The projects undertaken span a diverse range of topics, including theoretical, simulation and experimental studies, and vary from year to year. The emphasis is necessarily on facilitating student learning in technical, project management and presentation spheres.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • 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. Demonstrate a sound technical knowledge of their selected project topic.

2. Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.

3. Design engineering solutions to complex human health problems utilising a systems approach.

4. Conduct a medical engineering project.

5. Communicate with engineers, medical and health practitioners and the community at large in written and oral forms.

6. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes of a professional engineer.


This course is conducted largely as an individual or small group project under the direct supervision of a member of academic staff, often in conjunction with human life sciences co-supervisors. The specific project topic undertaken will reflect the common interests and expertise of the student(s) and supervisor. Students will be required to:

1) undertake detailed technical work in the chosen area using one or more of:

  • theoretical studies
  • computer simulations
  • prototype implementation and demonstration

2) produce progress reports or maintain a professional journal to establish work completed, and to schedule additional work within the time frame specified for the project;

3) deliver a final project - seminar on the project outcomes;

4) prepare a formal final report describing the work undertaken and project results.


Students must have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in MENG4800A to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

3rd Year of Bachelor of Medical Engineering (Honours)

Assessment items

Presentation: Project Seminar and Demonstration

Report: Final Report

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

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