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Research Paper

2014 unit code: CVE80001 (formerly HES6198)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
12 Weeks
Contact hours12 hours
PG: 50 CP

Related course(s)

A unit of study in the

Aims and objectives

On successful completion of this unit the student should be able to:
  • Develop skills in planning and executing an innovative project
  • Undertake a major project and complete the task satisfactorily within time and budget
  • Develop an understanding of the processes of research
  • Develop advanced skills in literature review, report writing and oral presentation
  • Demonstrate project management skills

Teaching methods

On campus lectures,
Oral presentations,
Supervised reading and individual consultation as required


One 5,000 word research paper and
Oral presentation

Generic skills outcomes

The graduate attributes which relate to this unit help to produce students who:
  • are capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • operate effectively in work and community situations
  • are adaptable and manage change
  • are aware of environments in which they will be contributing
  • are entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace, or community
  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • have in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • ability to understand problem identification, formulation and solution
  • ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance


Students may select a project from a list prepared by academic staff, or may suggest their own topic based on individual interest. The project may take various forms involving technology research and development, computer analysis, industry liaison and business skills. Students are expected to conduct literature and state-of-the-art surveys, formulate and define problems and develop solutions and recommendations. Projects are undertaken under supervision of staff members and total student time spent on the project is expected to be a minimum of 160 hours.


Anderson, J & Poole, M, Assignment and Thesis Writing, 3rd edn, Jacaranda Wiley, Brisbane, 1998.
Beach, DP, Alavagar, TKE, Handbook for Scientific and Technical Research, Prentice Hall, 1992.