|Semester 2, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Engineering Research Methods|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|ASCED code :||039999 - EnginTech not classified|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: John Billingsley
Whether completing an undergraduate course at honours level or embarking on postgraduate research, a student must be equipped to understand some essential research fundamentals. The student must appreciate the appropriateness of writing style and expression, particularly for the purpose of preparing a project proposal or submitting a paper to a learned journal. The student must be conversant with ethical issues, particularly with the need to report results honestly, to avoid plagiarism and to acknowledge source material in a proper manner. The student must understand the planning, purpose and significance of data collection, with insight into methods of extracting meaningful conclusions from it.
The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:
- use information systems effectively;
- judge the degree to which conclusions are supported by data and the logical consistency of written material, and to write a critical review of the relevant literature;
- understand and analyse the ethical issues raised in a range of research situations, and have a clear appreciation of the foundations of ethics in research;
- propose and justify an appropriate research plan for a particular research problem;
- choose and apply an appropriate experimental design to a particular research problem;
- perform numerical analyses;
- understand and apply a range of standard techniques for instrumentation and data acquisition;
- understand the principles of good writing, and be able to analyse and edit technical papers written by others;
- prepare a well written and concise research paper or report;
- develop and write a research proposal for their discipline area;
- (if appropriate) commence their project (course ENG8002 Project and Dissertation) in the semester following based on the proposal developed.
|1.||Research in Engineering and Surveying||3.00|
|3.||Literature Surveys and Reviews||8.00|
|5.||Preparation of Research Plans||5.00|
|6.||Instrumentation and Data Acquisition||4.00|
|7.||Design of experiments and statistical analysis||20.00|
|8.||Good writing and analysis of technical papers||15.00|
|9.||Writing Research Papers and Reports||5.00|
|10.||Development of Research Proposals||25.00|
Text and Materials
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=ENG8001)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student Workload Expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Objectives Assessed||Notes|
|Assignment||100||10||09 Aug 2021||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11|
|Research Proposal||100||50||28 Sep 2021||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11|
|Open Examination - Online||100||40||End S2||7,8,10||(see note 1)|
- This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.
Important assessment information
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. Students must participate in discussions posted on the USQOnline site.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.
Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.
To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).
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.
An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).
Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing