ENCH495-18W (C) Whole Year 2018

Research Project

30 points
19 Feb 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

An independent research project introducing students to planning a research project, literature searching, design of equipment, development of project plan/timeline, laboratory work and/or computer simulations as well as presentation and research report writing.

The course provides an introduction to engineering research giving students experience in planning a research project, literature searching, design of equipment, development of an experimental plan or process modeling work as well as oral presentation and research report writing. Students choose a project from a list reflecting the research interests of the academic staff in the Department. Research projects from other Departments (e.g. Chemistry, Biology or the School of Product Design) will be offered. Having made their choice, students then have a supervisor who will be available at least once a week to provide overall guidance during the project. The planning and execution of the project are the student’s responsibility with the supervisor kept fully informed.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of the course students will have:
  • Managed their own individual project
  • Gained personal experience of the process of conducting research
  • Used library tools to find and access past research
  • Learned how to identify and minimise hazards in a laboratory environment
  • Developed appropriate methods to carry out research
  • Obtained and analysed data to make conclusions
  • Written a dissertation that fully describes the research
  • Further developed oral presentation skills
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

a pass in all compulsory Second Professional Year courses

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 CAPE 213 Design Office (20/2)
E16 Lecture Theatre (24/4)
19 Feb - 25 Feb
23 Apr - 29 Apr
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 121 22 Oct - 28 Oct
02 Thursday 09:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 315 22 Oct - 28 Oct
03 Thursday 09:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 239 22 Oct - 28 Oct

Course Coordinator

Ken Morison

WORKLOAD
Students are expected to spend some time in S1 for the project background and plan, as well as for the library data base induction sessions, and 20 hours per week during Semester 2 on their project. Care must be taken to ensure that you balance the workload of the group design project (ENCH494) with your research project. Both courses are weighted at 30 points.

KEY DATES
Research projects list released        Mon 19 Feb 2018
Presentations by staff on projects 2 pm Tues 20 Feb, Design Office
Student choice submitted by Mon 26 Feb
Project & supervisor/s assigned        Mon 5 March
Library data base sessions        Tues 6 March – Fri 9 March
Department’s safety briefing 2 pm Mon 23 April

MATERIALS
There is no formal textbook but students have access to the University Library that contains a wide variety of literature searching tools, engineering journals and other resources. Students might need to coordinate with the Department’s mechanical and electrical staff for the construction of experimental apparatus.

LAB WORK
If you are doing lab work you will need to complete the Department’s safety procedures which will be explained in the safety session. You should aim to have safety forms submitted before the end of Semester 1.

CONCERNS ABOUT THE COURSE
The Course Coordinator, Ken Morison or the Director of 3rd Professional Year Studies, Dr Alex Yip, should be approached for discussion on any aspect of the course.

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Student Contributions 20%
Project Scoping Plan 24 Apr 2018 5%
Literature Review and Project Plan 20 Jul 2018 15%
Oral Presentation 25 Oct 2018 5%
Final Research Report 13 Nov 2018 55%


PROJECT SCOPING PLAN
The aim of this is to communicate back to your supervisor, your understanding of the project, and for you to identify constraints. It might be about two pages. You are likely to need to discuss some of these items with your supervisor. It is likely to contain:
• Overall aim of the research program (including past and present research)
• The specific aim of your project
• Summary of past projects
• Headings for your literature review
• Likely experiments if any with possible requirements for consumables, equipment or training
• Consideration of the required safety forms (“Orange card”)
• Project timeline

Students can expect to get this back from their supervisors within two weeks of submission.

LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT PLAN
You can think of this as the start of your project report. You can use material written from the scoping plan. It is likely to include:
• Title page
• Table of contents
• Background
• Literature review
• Project plan (perhaps written as a draft methods section)
• Project timeline

There are no minimum or maximum page limits, and the amount of background literature varies enormously between projects. However, a review with fewer than 10 references and/or fewer than 10 pages will feel too light. You should aim to have at least 15 pages and references with at least 10 new references that were not included in any previous CAPE reports.

The literature review will be marked by your supervisor and will be returned within 1 month of submission. You supervisor may be embarrassed if they do not meet this deadline.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS
On the Thursday of study week, each student will give an 8 minute oral presentation of their work up to that point. There are likely to be three sessions in parallel. Most supervisors will be happy to review your presentation.

PROJECT REPORT
The report will include the Literature Review, perhaps updated. The sections are likely to be similar to a standard report. There are no minimum or maximum page limits. A report of fewer than 30 pages will seem light. 40-50 pages of content will feel good. You may discuss your report with your supervisor before submission.

The report will be assessed by your supervisor and one other academic not connected with the project.

STUDENT CONTRIBUTIONS
Many aspects of your work might not be captured by your report. Your supervisor will make an assessment of your contribution which will include your original ideas, project management, attitude, effort, effectiveness and more.

Textbooks / Resources

MATERIALS
There is no formal textbook but students have access to the University Library that contains a wide variety of literature searching tools, engineering journals and other resources. Students might need to coordinate with the Department’s mechanical and electrical staff for the construction of experimental apparatus.

Notes

GENERAL POLICIES OF THE UNIVERSITY
Students may obtain the general policies of the University from the website.  For example:

Special considerations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/  

Academic Appeals of Assessments: Students with concerns about assessment processes or grades should be advised to speak first with the relevant lecturer. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet and discuss the matter with the Head of Department/School and thereafter follow the procedures outlined in the University procedures http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/postgraduate-/Academic-Appeals-Grievances-Principles-Procedures.pdf  and regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievance-regulations/

Reconsideration of grades: If you are concerned that your final grade may be incorrect it is suggested (for CAPE) that you make an informal query to the course coordinator, but you may follow the official procedures: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/examinations/result-dates-and-appeals/

Disabilities: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

RELATION TO OTHER COURSES
Students must have completed all of the 2nd professional year core courses. Students must have completed all of the 2nd professional year core courses. Some of the biological or energy based research projects will require ENGR407, ENCH482, ENGR404 or ENCH483 (this will be indicated on the project list distributed during S1).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
• Attendance of the Department’s safety and technical support briefing.
• Attendance of library / literature search methods workshop.
• Planning and executing individual research work and reporting on it by oral and written presentation.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,118.00

International fee $9,750.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

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