ENEL400-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Project

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


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.  They will also report back using progress reports, inspections and presentations on the design process.  Most projects build and test a prototype, and then verify and validate their design before writing a final report.

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 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 A1 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 17:00 Elec 209 CAE Lab (24/2-31/3, 28/4-2/6)
Elec 110 Electrical Machines Lab (24/2-31/3, 28/4-2/6)
Elec 104 Power Electronics Lab (24/2-31/3, 28/4-2/6)
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 17:00 Elec 204 ESL Lab (21/7-25/8, 15/9-29/9, 13/10-20/10)
Elec 209 CAE Lab (21/7-25/8, 15/9-29/9, 13/10-20/10)
Elec 110 Electrical Machines Lab (21/7-25/8, 15/9-29/9, 13/10-20/10)
Elec 104 Power Electronics Lab (21/7-25/8, 15/9-29/9, 13/10-20/10)
Elec 109 Automation Lab (21/7-25/8, 15/9-29/9, 13/10-20/10)
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 1 Oct
9 Oct - 22 Oct
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 17:00 - 18:00 C1 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 26 Feb
Presentation B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 105 (6/10)
Wheki 106 (6/10)
Wheki 104 (6/10)
Wheki 102 (6/10)
Wheki 103 (6/10)
2 Oct - 8 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 08:00 - 09:00 Wheki 451
2 Oct - 8 Oct
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
15 May - 21 May
Tutorial C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 E12
22 May - 28 May

Course Coordinator

Shayne Crimp


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Project Proposal 10%
Progress Report 15%
Progress Inspection 10%
Final Inspections 10%
Oral Presentations 10%
Formal Meetings 5%
Final Report 40%


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 $2,328.00

International fee $11,500.00

* 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 .

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  • ENEL400-23W (C) Whole Year 2023