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ENG9002 Research Paper 2

Semester 2, 2014 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

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Examiner: Armando Apan
Moderator: Thiru Aravinthan


Pre-requisite: ENG8001


Graduate engineering students that are aiming to make leading-edge professional or research contributions must be able to develop a detailed knowledge of certain research areas as the need arises. They must also be able to apply, extend, and effectively communicate such knowledge.


This course provides the opportunity for graduate engineering students to produce a research paper relevant to their current research interests. The program of investigation will be designed by the student in consultation with the supervisors nominated for the research component of the degree. The program of investigation will require approval by the examiner of the Research Papers courses. A research paper will be produced at the conclusion of this course. If this course is taken without the student having developed substantial prior knowledge in the chosen area of investigation, the paper would normally be a substantial critical review of the relevant literature. However, if the student does have substantial prior knowledge in the chosen area, either through private study or by preparing one or more papers in this series on the same subject area, then a higher level of research paper is expected. This may involve the introduction of additional elements such as theoretical analysis, simulation, experiment design, data acquisition, and data analysis.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. critically evaluate knowledge from the professional journals and other information sources relevant to their chosen topic;
  2. prepare a research plan;
  3. develop innovative solutions, designs and analyses; and
  4. write a clear, concise and accurate paper describing the research undertaken.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Students will undertake an individual research activity appropriate to the student's discipline, which may include one or more of the following:

literature review;
research planning;
feasibility assessment;
experimental work;
data analysis;
prototype construction and testing;
simulation and modelling;
financial analysis;
final system commissioning.

The work will normally be undertaken with the guidance of an industry supervisor or supervisors, and a member of academic staff, as part of the students? professional employment. Students will be required to present a detailed report on their work in the required format as part of their professional portfolio.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • The research paper will require full use of the resources of the Library, e.g, literature searches, research papers, journals and trade literature files.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Project Work 120.00
Report Writing 30.00
Supervisor Consultation 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
WRITTEN RESEARCH PAPER 100 100 14 Nov 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for their paper

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

    The topic(s) and scope for the research paper will normally be developed by the candidate in conjunction with their supervisors, and shall be approved by the examiner. The approval of the examiner must be sought for any substantial departures from a previously approved topic(s) and scope.

    (a) Two supervisors will normally be appointed by the examiner. One shall be a member of academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, and the second will normally be an engineer in the collaborating organisation. Any proposed change to the supervisors shall be approved by the examiner.
    (b) The student shall communicate with the supervisor(s) at regular intervals, normally weekly, or as indicated by the supervisors and keep whatever records of progress the supervisor may require (eg a log book).

    Each paper will be assessed by the examiner of the course, and an independent reviewer nominated by the examiner.

    Students will require access to e-mail and internet access for this course.