Faculty of Engineering

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)B Falzon


This unit, together with MAE5409 Project thesis A, will enable students to complete an aerospace engineering research project related to coursework units in the program or an area of special interest. The project is a self-quided learning task involving either a major design, theoretical, experimental, computational or analytical task involving a significant literature review. An academic staff member will act as supervisor. Students submit for assessment a research paper and final report on the outcomes of their project work and give an oral presentation. A substantial proportion of the assessment will be based on the final thesis document.


On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • conduct an independent, scientifically based research project under broad direction
  • develop a research plan based on scientific methodologies and sound research practices taking into account assessment of risk factors
  • apply sound scientific method and research practices to undertake project work
  • manage a research project effectively within technical, budgetary, risk and time constraints
  • undertake an extensive review of relevant scientific literature and critically analyse its relevance to the project work being proposed
  • utilise data acquisition tools, data analysis and/or other technological tools effectively
  • analyse data and present findings in a concise, coherent and logical manner
  • communicate scientific and technical information in both written and oral form to a high standard


100% project based

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Contact hours

12 hours per week