ENEL400-18W (C) Whole Year 2018

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Project

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 7 September 2018


This course is the capstone final year honours project. It involves research and design and develops skills in life-time learning.

The course is a team based capstone research and development project, in which students develop applied professional problem-solving skills. There are no pre-exisiting solutions, paths, no standard recipes to follow.  Students apply research and design techniques in conjunction with the tools they have learned throughout their degree to find a solution to an industrial problem.

Students will work in teams with an academic supervisor and an external mentor, to solve an engineering problem set by an end-user.  This end-user is usually an outside company which sponsors the project.  The student team will use the knowledge from a number of the courses taken previously in the degree.

During the project, students will follow problem-solving processes used in industry.  They will research the problem, study existing solutions, develop a list of requirements and design a new, better solution.  Most projects build and test a prototype.

This course meets the criteria for Community and Work-Integrated Learning (CWIL) Courses.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Apply practical approaches to solving open-ended, real-world, complex problems.
  • Research and adapt background knowledge in a new field to a given problem.
  • Create new knowledge, engineering solutions, and functioning hardware.
  • Work effectively in a team environment.
  • Communicate engineering designs to a professional standard.
  • Manage time and resources in a professional manner.
    • 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.


Final Year of Study


ENEL427, ENCE427

Course Coordinator

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Project Proposal 5%
Progress Report 15%
Progress Inspection 10%
Final Inspections 25%
Oral Presentations 10%
Formal Meetings 5%
Final Report 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,118.00

International fee $10,250.00

* 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 Electrical and Computer Engineering .

All ENEL400 Occurrences

  • ENEL400-18W (C) Whole Year 2018