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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.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:1. Apply practical approaches to solving open-ended, real-world, complex problems2. Research and adapt background knowledge in a new field to a given problem3. Create new knowledge, engineering solutions, and functioning hardware4. Work effectively in a team environment5. Communicate engineering designs to a professional standard6. Manage time and resources in a professional manner.
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.
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
Students must attend one activity from each section.
A student may not attempt the Third Professional Year project unless they will be completing their degree within 3 semesters or less.
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