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ENG8180 Advanced Engineering Studies

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Advanced Engineering Studies
Units : 1
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 : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 11 April 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Paul Wen

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: DPHD, DPEN or MENR

Other requisites

Enrolment in this course requires the approval of the Examiner. For approval to be granted, students must select an appropriate programme of study in consultation with the student’s supervisory team and the Examiner.

Rationale

Students undertaking a Research Higher Degree in the field of Engineering investigate in depth a specialised area from the range of disciplines. Each student requires advanced background knowledge and skills to successfully complete the research. This course will enable students to acquire such knowledge and skills, relevant to their individual research project.

Synopsis

In this course, students will study specialised topics to support their research project in Engineering. These topics may be drawn from practical elements such as data acquisition, numerical elements such as software packages and/or theoretical elements. Each topic will comprise one portion of the course, with students typically undertaking four topics to complete their study of this course. These topics will be chosen in consultation with a student's supervisory team. The schedule for any learning sessions will be arranged by the relevant staff member. This will enable students to pursue their Research Higher Degree with some supporting advanced background knowledge and skills.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. appraise discipline-specific content and skills to develop a research project in their specialisation of Engineering

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Practical, numerical and/or theoretical work relevant to the student’s discipline and research project in Engineering. Four Modules are to be chosen from a library of Modules in consultation with the student’s supervisors and the Examiner. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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=01&subject1=ENG8180)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Texts to be advised based on the chosen topic(s).

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.
Relevant texts for the student’s topic(s).

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 10.00
Private Study 143.00
Workshops 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 100 100 23 Feb 2021 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. The individual assessment(s) and the corresponding due date(s) for each Module will be advised by the Examiner.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and 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 for that item.

  3. 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)

  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 total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. 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).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. 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

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Doctor of Philosophy and is benchmarked against the
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
o professional accreditation standards of Engineers Australia

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 11 April 2021