ENEL400-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Project

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


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-existing 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:
1. Apply practical approaches to solving open-ended, real-world, complex problems
2. Research and adapt background knowledge in a new field to a given problem
3. Create new knowledge, engineering solutions, and functioning hardware
4. Work effectively in a team environment
5. Communicate engineering designs to a professional standard
6. 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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 K1 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 17:00 - 18:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 28 Feb
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 18:00 - (26/2-26/3, 30/4-4/6)
Elec 204 ESL Lab (23/7-27/8, 17/9-8/10, 22/10)
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 10 Oct
18 Oct - 24 Oct
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 08:00 - 09:00 Otakaro 236 L2 Lecture Theatre
11 Oct - 17 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 18:00 Otakaro 236 L2 Lecture Theatre
11 Oct - 17 Oct
02 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 106
11 Oct - 17 Oct
03 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 102
11 Oct - 17 Oct
04 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 103
11 Oct - 17 Oct
05 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 104
11 Oct - 17 Oct
06 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 105
11 Oct - 17 Oct

Course Coordinator

Shayne Crimp


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Project Proposal 10%
Progress Report 15%
Progress Inspection 10%
Final Inspections 20%
Oral Presentations 10%
Formal Meetings 5%
Final Report 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 $2,228.00

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 Electrical and Computer Engineering.

All ENEL400 Occurrences

  • ENEL400-21W (C) Whole Year 2021