ENGEN582-21X (HAM)

Honours Research and Development Project

45 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering

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: cheryl.ward@waikato.ac.nz
: debby.dada@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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A capstone project typically falls into two categories:

(A) the development of a physical artifact, computer model or software aided by research to address functional and/or non-functional requirements;

(B) the scientific and/or engineering investigation of a research idea or hypothesis that demonstrably leads to improvement in engineering or software design and/or practice.

The former places weight on the ingenuity, creativity, quality and difficulty of the model that is designed and built, the latter on the intellectual depth and practical rigour of the proof or evaluation carried out. Each student chooses a topic from a list or in discussion with their prospective supervisor, or takes a topic allocated in response to stated preferences.

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Paper Structure

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The project for each student is individually arranged with the supervisor. Projects are typically of the "directed study" type, with common, fixed assessment milestones.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Conduct investigations of complex problems using research-based knowledge and research methods to provide valid conclusions. (WA4)
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  • Create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and/or software tools to complex engineering problems, with an understanding of the limitations. (WA5)
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  • Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge and ethical considerations to assess relevant limitations, societal, environmental, economic, health, safety, legal and/or cultural issues. (WA 6,7,8)
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  • Work effectively as an individual, and/or as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multi-disciplinary settings. (WA9)
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  • Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large. (WA10)
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  • Apply the understanding of engineering management principles and economic decision-making to tackle complex engineering problems. (WA11)
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Assessment

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Students in the -X version are still required to present at the Engineering Design Show. The submission due dates will not be changed without special permission from supervisor, convenor and the paper management committee.

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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. Background, Problem & Outcome Specification
9 Apr 2021
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Individual Literature and/or Technology Review
21 May 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Individual R&D Journal
8 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
10
  • Other: Hand-in Chief supervisor
4. Dissertation, Presentation, Interview, & Project Display/Demonstration
8 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
70
  • Other: Interview, presentation, demonstration at EDS
  • 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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Required readings are set by individual supervisors.
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Online Support

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Moodle will be used.
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Workload

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The project is expected to represent at least 400 hours research and development work (per person), allowing another 50 hours for preparation and presentation of outcomes and submission of documentation (per person).

For example, if there are 3 students in one project, then the project is expected to represent at least 1200 hours research and development work, and 150 hours for preparation and presentation of outcomes and submission of documentation.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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All students will take the D version (A & B trimesters) of this paper by default, participating fully at the Waikato Engineering Design Show (EDS).

With permission of both convenor, committee, and supervisor, students may take the -X version, permitting some assessments to extend through to the next calendar year. Good reason is required for this variation.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: (ENGEN370 and (ENGME380 or ENGMP311 or ENGEV341 or ENGCM324 or ENGCV312)) or (ENGEE331 and (ENGEE332 or ENGEE232)) or (COMPX374 and COMPX341)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ENGG492 or ENGEN581

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