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Research Project

2014 unit code: CVE40005 (formerly HES5108)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours28 hours
Prerequisites300 credit points


Aims and objectives

This capstone unit of study aims to provide you with research skills for the preparation of high quality presentations and reports.
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate effective teamwork skills. (A7)
2. Demonstrate project management skills in planning and executing an innovative project. (S4)
3. Plan and execute a major research project and complete the task satisfactorily within time and budget. (A5)
4. Research an engineering topic, and synthesise knowledge and skills acquired during the course. (K3, K4, S1, A1)
5. Assesses current literature. (K3, K4, S1)
6. Generate a major project report. (K1, K3, K4, S1, A1, A2, A3, A5, A7)
7. Deliver a professional seminar presentation. (A2)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice
A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Teaching methods

Lectures (12 hours), Consultations (12 hours), Oral Presentation Exam (4 hours)



Individual or Group Assessment


Assignments – continuous assessment


10% – 15%



10% - 15%



55% - 65%



15% - 20%


  • Develop a research/project question/problem/objective
  • Develop presentation techniques
  • Assess the literature
  • Plan a research/project design
  • Understand ethical requirements
  • Understand qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Write a research report with corresponding writing skills

Reading materials

Anderson, J. & Poole, M. (1998). Assignment and Thesis Writing, 3rd edn, Jacaranda Wiley, Brisbane.
Further references as recommended by the supervisor to support the student's project.