ENGEN508-18C (HAM)

Master's Capstone Project

60 Points

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Faculty of Science and Engineering
Te Mātauranga Pūtaiao me te Pūkaha
School of Engineering

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Paper Description

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ENGEN508 is a “capstone” paper in the MEngPrac degree. This paper gives students the opportunity to carry out research that deepens their knowledge in a specific subject area of engineering. It also develops their high-level professional skills to prepare them as future leaders in various career sectors.

It is a significant undertaking requiring commitment from each student to progress to completion. Project and individual planning and time management is needed to ensure that deadlines are met just like the real world. As well as the academic learning outcomes, the graduate develops key competencies outlined in the Engineering New Zealand requirements for initial academic education for professional engineers including:

  • Engineering synthesis and creativity by completing open-end research and design projects
  • Integrated exposure to professional practice via seminars and completing design and research projects
  • Verbal and written communication skills by giving presentations and preparing reports that contribute to the overall grade. These reports must contain evidence of careful planning, good engineering design and judgment, and the ability to manage resources to minimise financial and other risks
  • Research and analysis by developing and completing the specific research projects
  • Understanding the basic principles underlying physical and financial resources via project management.
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Paper Structure

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Students select their research project in consultation with an academic staff member within the School of Engineering. The School of Engineering reserves the right to restrict the projects available, depending on resources, number or students and backgrounds of the students.

Important Note for International Students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • LO1
    Plan and conduct a programme of original research; in particular, use the scientific literature effectively to formulate and test hypotheses in searching for creative solutions of problems
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  • LO2
    Prepare technical reports, produce posters, and deliver technical presentations appropriate to the master's level
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Assessment

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This paper is internally assessed. Independent examiners moderate the final research reports and the oral presentations. Research is defined as “creating new knowledge”. The research project, which in an area related to student’s engineering specialisation, is done independently, under the guidance of an academic supervisor and provides experience in research methodology and the supporting tools such as literature searching, experimental design, research procedure and report writing.Each project will differ in scope, objectives and methods and will develop through a regular series of meetings between the student and the academic supervisor

Criteria for assessing each component are set by the coordinator. Marking rubrics are available on Moodle.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Progress brief
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Progress report
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Conference style poster
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Oral presentation
20
  • Presentation: In Class
5. Final report
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no required and recommended reading; instead, students will need to identify reading and resources for the specific project from the supervisor.
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Online Support

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This paper will use moodle for communications. Assignments and reports are submitted electronically through moodle.

Moodle will be used for class notices. Instructions provided on Moodle are considered as given to the class as a whole. It is the student’s responsibility to familiarise themselves with the information in this course outline and to check the Moodle site regularly.
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Workload

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600 hours of study

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Prerequisite(s)

The student should have completed a 4-year bachelors degree in a relevant subject/engineering discipline, and the first 120 pts of the MEngPrac programme.

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