Final Year Engineering Project
Engineers Australia accreditation guidelines require Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Technology students to show that they are capable of 'personally conducting and managing an engineering project to achieve a substantial outcome to professional standards'. At CQUniversity the Final Year Engineering Project (FYEP) is an individual project. To complete the project, students must successfully complete the project planning unit, then complete the implementation unit.
To enrol in the project planning unit a student must first:
- Satisfy prerequisite requirements (pass all units in prior years)
- Identify a project and assess its suitability
- Find an academic adviser
- Read the information on the Undergraduate Engineering Moodle site
- Fill in the form on the Undergradute Engineering Moodle site to initiate your enrolment
- Your proposed academic adviser will receive an automated request and they will need to reply to this request that they are willing to advise you and your project
- Once your academic adviser has agreed to be your adviser then the Unit Coordinator will arrange for you to be enrolled, this may take a few days to happen depending on the workload of the student adviser.
Course codes and course names are:
|Bachelor of Engineering Technology||Bachelor of Engineering (including Co-op)|
|ENTG13002 Technology Project Planning||ENEG14003 Engineering Project Planning|
|ENTG13001 Technology Project Implementation||ENEG14005 Engineering Project Implementation|
NOTE: You cannot enrol in the Planning units directly because you need to have both a viable project and an academic adviser from the beginning of term or it will be difficult to complete work on time. You should complete the online form in Moodle by the end of Week 1 of term. If you are enrolled and you find that your project or adviser cannot continue you must withdraw from the unit before census date to avoid academic penalty.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a good topic for your final year project? There is no simple answer to this question but the following may help you on the way.
Engineering academics at CQUniversity have a number of projects available for final year engineering students. There are lists of possible projects in the Undergraduate Engineering Moodle site. Click on any of the research areas to see the lists of currently available projects.
Students and academic advisers should ask themselves this simple question if you are unsure about the suitability of a project, 'will the project develop the discipline-specific technical problem-solving capabilities of the student as well as the professional practice capabilities of the student?' If both are not checked off, then the project is not suitable.
You can also try to find an industry based project. Be aware however that the academic requirements for the project's units are likely to be different to what industry may expect, particularly in terms of the write-up and research required. You also need to carefully consider whether you will be able to manage the timelines required by your organisation and the University.
Overall a good project topic is one where:
- You have to do some research - the required background information is not just available on your office shelf.
- You can show some critical analysis skills. Ideally, there would be several possible solutions and you would need to choose the best solution, including justifying the chosen solution.
- You develop your discipline-specific problem-solving skills as well as your professional practice skills.
- You would not be able to complete the project without relevant technical knowledge i.e. it is an engineering project (not a management project).
If the project you choose involves a 'routine' design or involves unproblematic testing and analysis, you will most likely not receive a high grade, so think about how the scope of your project can be enhanced to allow you to best demonstrate your capabilities. Discuss this with your academic advisor.
Past project titles: This link lists titles of projects completed in the past, it may help you develop some ideas for your own project.
It is your responsibility to find an academic advisor for your project. You should first approach academic staff who have taught you in areas related to your project. You can email them and arrange a meeting or phone call to discuss your topic. You should ask for an email from the staff member indicating that they will advise your project. It will be easier to find an advisor if you begin your search early, there are limits on the numbers of project students an advisor can take on. If after some email requests you can't find an advisor, compile evidence of your attempts and send an email to the course coordinator asking for assistance.
You will need an academic advisor for your project. If you have arranged an industry project or a project with your employer, you may also ask for an industry advisor to advise you and help you obtain resources.
You will need to show that you are "personally conducting and managing an engineering project". This means that you must be proactive and take control of your project. This will be easier if the project is something you are really interested in, so start thinking about finding a good project topic some time before you enrol in the planning course. The project is not like other units where you have a teacher leading you through the work week by week. You will need to work out your own schedule, and make adjustments as problems arise to show your professional capacity to deliver a project on time. You can call on your advisor for advice, but you have to make the decisions. An advisor is likely to have basic knowledge of the project area and will understand how to investigate and develop projects in general, but the student will develop more detailed technical knowledge of the project.
The Unit Profiles show assessment requirements in detail. Assessment criteria for the assessment items will be available in Moodle each term.
Keep in mind that the unit is about assessment of what you have learned; it is about assessment of the professional capabilities you have developed, not just about the result of the project or what you did. Your assessment items may be assessed by your advisor and/or at least two moderators. The moderators will not know about all the discussions what went on between you and your advisor, their assessment will be based on your thesis and the evidence you provide to the moderators of what you did in your project and why you did it. While it is important to describe clearly what you did and the outcomes of your work, what they will really be looking for is evidence of the thinking processes behind your project choices and decisions. They will want to know WHY you did what you did, and you will need to present this clearly.
- What did you read? How did you relate or not relate the readings to your project?
- What sources of information did you use? How reliable and useful were they?
- What methods did you investigate? Why did you choose to use particular methods?
- What theories guided your decisions? Why did you use them and not others?
- What problems did you encounter? Why did they arise? How could they be avoided?
- What failed, and what did you learn from that?
NOTE: In engineering workplace practice, the focus of a project is on the outcome, the design or the results of a test or an investigation. The thinking behind workplace project decisions may be discussed by the project team and may be recorded informally in notes and sketches but this educational assessment project is different. The way you think about your project is the richest indicator we can have of what you have learned, so it is important that you record and explain your thinking about the project.
The Unit Profile for each unit shows the basic requirements and deadlines for submission for each project unit. This link will take you to CQUniversity unit profiles, then find the relevant units for your course:
- ENTG13002 Engineering Technology Project Planning (BET course)
- ENTG13001 Engineering Technology Project Implementation (BET course)
- ENEG14003 Engineering Honours Project Planning (BE and Co-op courses)
- ENEG14005 Engineering Honours Project Implementation (BE and Co-op courses)
An industry-based project can be a project sponsored by your employer. Alternatively, it can be a project sponsored by a client who wants some work done. In each case, you will have an industry liaison person who will assist you to obtain resources and information. Such liaison persons who are also engineers may also assist you as an industry advisor.
The role of the industry advisor is to provide technical advice and support. The role of the academic advisor is to provide academic assistance and to guide students' work. Every project student must have an academic advisor.
If you have a prospective industry project and your industry liaison person or industry advisor have concerns or questions about what is expected of them, email the Unit Coordinator to arrange for them to discuss requirements.
Some industry projects may require confidentiality agreements to protect intellectual property and/or manage political consequences of possible findings. If your industry advisor is concerned, the University can offer confidentiality agreements to cover the different circumstances that may occur.