ENEL400-20W (C) Whole Year 2020

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Project

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 August 2020


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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Final Year of Study


ENEL427, ENCE427

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 - (24/4-29/5)
K1 Lecture Theatre (21/2-20/3)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 08:00 - 13:00 Otakaro 146 L1 5 Oct - 11 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 18:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 4 Oct
12 Oct - 18 Oct
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 17 Feb - 23 Feb
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 102 5 Oct - 11 Oct
02 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 103 5 Oct - 11 Oct
03 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 104 5 Oct - 11 Oct
04 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 105 5 Oct - 11 Oct
05 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 106 5 Oct - 11 Oct
06 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 450 5 Oct - 11 Oct

Course Coordinator

Shayne Crimp


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


A student may not attempt the Third Professional Year project unless they will be completing their degree within 3 semesters or less.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,204.00

International fee $11,000.00

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

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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