Project portfolio comprises of final project planning report followed by a few pages reflective paper i.e. your reflection on your learning journey and achievement in planning, and project risk assessment. Omission of any of the compulsory items may result in Fail grade. Further information on each of the compulsory items is available on the Moodle web site of this unit.
This is an individual project. All the resources for the unit are available on the Moodle web page of this unit. There are no face-to-face lectures or tutorials for this unit. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor progress, manage and drive the project, seek assistance if required and arrange a regular reporting/meeting schedule with their academic supervisor.
The report will be assessed based on your demonstrated capability. You should show that you have;
1. formed a suitable problem definition for the project
2. extracted relevant information from all available sources (including all forms of information technology, library searching, client and colleague expertise, and trade literature) related to the task
3. planned and scheduled the project as a major engineering project in order to maximise the probability of a successful research outcome
4. demonstrated the ability to adhere to work schedules
5. demonstrated a detailed technical knowledge of the project area and proficiency in all technical aspects of the project
6. developed the ability to think critically and to make sound judgement
7. demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively (e.g. engineering report).
You are responsible for preparing a project concept and short proposal within a page, and negotiating with academic staff to obtain a Project Supervisor before enrollment can be authorised by the Unit Coordinator. A good project has the following characteristics:
1. It needs to be reasonably complex, that is, it should bring together skills and knowledge from a range of units that you have done during your degree so that you can demonstrate your ability to select and integrate these in the context of the project.
2. You will need to be able to demonstrate applied engineering and appropriate research skills. There are variety of ways that you can do this depending on the nature of the project.
3. The size of the project is important. It should not be so big that you will not be able to complete it in the time available and not so small that it becomes almost trivial.
4. Projects should demonstrate generic skills such as performing of analysis, conducting of testing and/or simulation, formulation of results and drawing of conclusions.
Assessment will be based on the quality of three progress reports submitted.
Progress reports should be emailed to your Project Supervisor. Dates for submission of progress reports are specified in the study schedule. The Supervisor will maintain a file of these reports and assess your work based on the reports and adherence to the schedule. Each progress report should present important issues and problems you faced, major decisions made, your progress over the past period and planned activities for the following period, until next report due.
Students must contact and communicate with their Supervisor regularly (email, telephone, etc). If necessary the work plan may be updated by negotiation with your Supervisor. Students who fail to communicate with their Supervisor for more than four (4) weeks without prior arrangement may be asked to show cause why a grade of FAIL should not be given.
Before any laboratory or workshop activities (if applicable) commence, or before any materials are brought to the University for construction or testing purposes, students are required to prepare project work plans and conduct risk assessments in line with the University policy documents. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a FAIL.
Students are required to submit a draft report of their project to their Supervisor in Week 9 for feedback. Remember you will not be able to submit your final report until you have received feedback and addressed those feedback into final report.
Student name and student number
Unit code and name
The Term and Year of unit enrollment.
No more than two pages giving an overview of the project objectives, thesis content, results and discussion and a brief conclusion.
Table of contents
List of Figures
List of Tables Nomenclature
Background into the project including the rationale supporting the need to undertake, general background, significance, and defining the objectives, scopes and limitations.
A literature review is an account of IMPORTANT information has been published on topics related to your project by recognised scholars, workers and researchers. Quality is more important than quantity. You should identify the important sources of information, and explain why you place your confidence in them. It is part of the introduction to your report. In writing the literature review, your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic, and what you perceive to be their strengths and weaknesses. As a piece of writing, the literature review must be defined by your project objective. It is not just a descriptive list of the material available or a set of summaries of any published articles. Besides enlarging your knowledge about the topic, writing a literature review lets you gain and demonstrate skills in two areas, namely information seeking and critical appraisal.
Information seeking: the ability to scan the literature efficiently, using manual or computerised methods, to identify a set of useful articles and books
Critical appraisal: the ability to apply principles of analysis to identify unbiased and valid studies.
A literature review should be organised around and related directly to the project you are developing, it should synthesise results into a summary of what is and is not known, identify areas of controversy in the literature, and it should identify or recommend a best method of approach to solving the project objective.
A detailed description of the work that you performed in planning this project. This should include engineering calculations and other technical information related to the work that will occur during the implementation phase. It may also include a detailed plan of intended activities and why they are necessary, and a Gantt chart for the project implementation phase. It may provide a budget for the project, and an assessment of possible risks and how they will be managed.
Results and Discussion (if any)
You can add texts here if you have already got some results and discussion, or you have demonstrated use of software (if any) which you will be using in planning project.
A description of the plan and an account of the problems encountered during the planning phase.