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Engineering Research Project
The third professional year project is very different to all other final year courses. It is not based on formal lectures, laboratories and tutorials, but instead allows you to research a problem that interests you under the close supervision of an academic staff member. The vast majority of students who undertake the project find it a very rewarding experience.Students who are wishing to pursue future postgraduate study will see the project as an excellentopportunity to sample the postgraduate research environment, and to explore possible avenues future research.The majority of students will enrol in the semester 2 project course, ENCN493X1. Some studentsmay enrol in the full year project course, ENCN493X, but only for special circumstances that require an approval from the Third Pro Coordinator. Both courses are worth 30 points or 0.25EFTS.All projects, with a few exceptions due to special circumstances, are undertaken in pairs. Thisapproach has a number of advantages. Firstly, group projects enable more ambitious projects to be tackled; secondly, the skill of working as part of a team is seen as very important by future employers; and thirdly the number of projects (and accompanying resources) that need to be made available is substantially less than if the projects were done individually.The culmination of the project is the CNRE Research Conference 2021 to be held at the end of theacademic year. This conference attempts to emulate the type of environment you would encounter if you attended a conference either as a professional engineer or as a researcher. You and your partner will present the results of your work to an audience of your peers, academics and possibly industry representatives, and you will have the opportunity to hear about the research of your fellow students. In keeping with our intention to emulate a real conference there will be an invited keynote speaker to launch the conference.
The third professional project is designed to provide you with an opportunity to: undertake a substantial, challenging and open-ended engineering research project, experience working in a research environment, be mentored in the development of independent research and problem solving skills, derive and implement as appropriate methodology for a particular problem, plan and undertake a project as part of a team, manage a project with time and possibly budget constraints, analyse and interpret data from the literature, modelling, or experiments, experience a typical engineering conference, and demonstrate your communication skills through writing, and orally presenting, a conferencepaper.It is worth noting that many of the skills you will acquire and develop in the project match the keyskills the profession are requesting from our graduates.
EMTH210, ENCI199, ENCN201, ENCN213, ENCN221, ENCN231, ENCN242, ENCN253, ENCN261, ENCN281, ENCN301
ENCI493, ENCI494, ENCN494
Students must attend one activity from each section.
One of the objectives of the project is to provide you with the experience of working within a research environment. In order to make this experience more realistic the project will attempt to simulate the process of undertaking research that leads to the presentation of your results at a research conference. This conference, the “CNRE Research Conference 2021”, will be held at the end of the academic year. Each project team will prepare a concise conference paper to be included in the conference proceedings, and deliver an oral presentation at the conference itself. Full details regarding the conference will be provided towards the end of the year.The assessment for the project is based on this conference model and details of the assessmentschedule can be found in Appendix A. The milestones associated with the assessment are listed in Appendix B.The oral presentations will be judged by expert panels and prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding presentations.Attendance at the conference is compulsory for all students. Please put the date and time in your diary now.Assessment of the project will take a number of forms and will involve the supervisor, an independent assessor (someone not on the supervisory team) and an oral panel. In addition, the student members of the project team will provide the supervisor with guidance on some aspects of the assessment. In general terms the assessment is designed to address three key areas: research quality, communication ability, and professionalism. Some of these aspects will be judged on the team performance while others will be based on individual performance. In addition, the supervisor of each project will form a judgement on the individual contribution of each student to the project outcomes and may, if they see reason to do so, adjust the marks of each student, up or down, to reflect this.
Domestic fee $2,228.00
International fee $11,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering