INVESTIGATION A

CIV4INA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

CIV4INA is a capstone subject which requires students to reinforce and extend their learning to date through in-depth investigation of a research topic that illustrates applications of themes already dealt with in their course. Students work in pairs on their project and are encouraged to choose a topic with an industry focus. Topics may be suggested by the students or by academic staff members in line with their areas of expertise. This subject seeks to develop skills and attitude necessary to successfully complete an engineering project and write a thesis. In order to gain a mark for this their final year engineering project, students must also enrol and complete the subject requirements for CIV4INB. The two subjects together are similar to an honours thesis.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBandita Mainali

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites successful completion of 360 credit points in the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (SHCEB, SHCE, SVEB, SWBE, SZCEBB, SZCES or SZCESB)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CIV4INV

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Define a problem or task through construction of a project brief, generate creative ideas and apply decision-making skills to develop a research plan and work schedule.

Activities:
Each team submits a research plan which sets out the scope and goals of their project and the methods by which they plan to achieve their goals.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Ethical Awareness
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy
Discipline-specific GCs
Inquiry/ Research
Teamwork

02. Apply good organisational and teamwork skills to achieve steady progress in independent learning situations.

Activities:
Students must continue to learn how to work effectively in a team and manage their time efficiently to succeed in this subject. Supervisors give general direction at weekly meetings. However, it is up to the teams to organise their day to day activities to make progress. Students from each team are expected to keep a log book for recording their day to day activities which documents their progress towards completion of the progress report. The progress report will include a literature review.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork
Ethical Awareness
Discipline-specific GCs
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy

03. Effectively communicate an area of engineering research by means of an written report.

Activities:
Each team submits an intermittent report which describes their project progress to date and the plan for completing it.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Critical Thinking
Teamwork
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical Awareness
Creative Problem-solving
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBandita Mainali

Class requirements

Independent Research
Five 1.0 hours independent research per week and delivered via face-to-face.
"This unit is similar to an honours subject in a science degree. The 5 hours/week requirement is a nominal specification for the subject. Students work independently on their project, and maintain regular contact with their supervisors."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual contribution to Teamwork (Supervisor Assessment)30% of the total mark from CIV4INA and 70% of the total mark in CIV4INB will be considered for the final marks of the subject.10 02
Progress Report (8,000-10,000 words)30% of the total mark from CIV4INA and 70% of the total mark in CIV4INB will be considered for the final marks of the subject.85 03
Research Plan (incl. project brief) (1500-2000 words)30% of the total mark from CIV4INA and 70% of the total mark in CIV4INB will be considered for the final marks of the subject Note: At the end of CIV4INB the entire body of work from CIV4INA and CIV4INB will be evaluated and the student provided with one mark and grade under a weighted marking scheme.5 01