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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 enroll in the project planning unit a student must first:

  1. Satisfy prerequisite requirements (pass all units in prior years)
  2. Identify a project and assess its suitability
  3. Find an academic adviser
  4. Read the information on the Undergraduate Engineering Moodle site
  5. Fill in the form on the Undergradute Engineering Moodle site to initiate your enrolment
  6. 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
  7. 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 enroll 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 suitable project?

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:

  1. You have to do some research - the required background information is not just available on your office shelf.
  2. 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.
  3. You develop your discipline specific problem solving skills as well as your professional practice skills.
  4. 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.

How should I find my advisor?

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.

Who is the unit coordinator: Final Year Engineering Projects?

The Unit Coordinator is Dr Justin Hyde
Email: j.hyde@cqu.edu.au
Phone: 07 4930 9426

What is the extent of my responsibility for the project?

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 enroll 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.

Who will assess my 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.

What are the unit requirements?

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)
What is involved in industry-based projects?

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.

Past Project Titles

In the workplace, engineers undertake many different kinds of projects. Typical patterns of project activity can be:

  • Research and test
  • Investigate and design
  • Investigate and report/recommend
  • Plan, implement and evaluate
  • Test and analyse results
  • Design, construct and test

These patterns of project activities can be suitable for final year projects. These titles may stimulate some ideas for your projects

Recent Civil Project Titles
  1. Evaluation of the Rural Waterway Crossings on Rockhampton - Emu Park Road
  2. Refurbishment of the Wyndham Dam Outlet Conduit
  3. Optimising Durability of Asphalt Surfacing Layers by Design and Developing Low Permeability Seals
  4. Pilot Study into the Embodied Energy of Load Bearing Concrete and Clay Bricks
  5. Foamed Bitumen Pavement Stabilisation
  6. Hydrology Analysis for the Design of an Irrigation Storage Dam - A Feasibility Study
  7. Jacking Equipment / Operations in Timber Bridge Maintenance Work
  8. An Investigation into the Embodied Energy of a Reinforced Concrete
  9. Mount Larcom Water Supply Infrastructure Proposal
  10. Possible Methods to Mitigate Major Flooding in Emerald
  11. Hazards in the Use of Scaffold Components as an Anchor Point for Harness Attachment to Prevent Fall from Height Off Scaffold
  12. Gold Coast Mass Transit Study - Light Rail vs Bus Rapid Transit Systems
  13. Correlation between Concrete Properties of Commercially-Produced and Laboratory-Produced Concrete, and the Size Effect in Compressive Strength Test Cylinders
  14. Suitability of Using Decomposed Granite in Concrete
  15. Investigation of The Design Aspects and the Effect Of Wall to Base Connectivity for Circular Concrete Water Storage Structures
Recent Electrical Project Titles
  1. Development of Closed Loop Voltage Control Simulator for Medium Voltage Distribution
  2. Design of a Control System for a Water Pumping System
  3. ARC Fault Control in IP Rated Enclosures
  4. Earthing and Lightning Protection System Design for Kestrel Mine Extension
  5. Ergon Energy Alternative Augmentation Evaluation Tool for Distribution Planning
  6. Remote Level Crossing Controller
  7. Comparison of a Mathematical Model of a Linear Accelerator to a Real World Linear Accelerator
  8. Battery Use and Conditioning
  9. Evaluation of Battery Power Boosted Freight Locomotives
  10. An Electrical Simulation and Analysis of The Rio Tinto Aluminium: Yarwun Digestion Electrical Network
  11. Attitude Stabilisation Of A Quadrotor Aircraft
  12. Remote Wireless Train Wagon Health Monitoring
  13. Network Hardware Design
  14. Renewable Electrical Power System Design and Implementation
Recent Mechanical Project Titles
  1. A Post Vehicle Simulation Analysis of Squats on Transition Curves
  2. A Comparative Study and Simulation of Biodiesel for Engine Performance and Emissions
  3. Commissioning of a Rheometer to Investigate Combined Compression and Shear of a Polymer
  4. Design of Apparatus and Procedures for Complete Function Testing of Coal Mining Shearer Water Systems
  5. Boiler Foulage Prevention and Removal Techniques for Callide C Power Station
  6. Conceptual Design of a Vehicle Mounted Pneumatic Crane
  7. Prototype Design of Cleaning Boom and Control System for Fully Automated High Pressure Water Based High Rise Building Cleaning System
  8. Modelling and Analysis of Alternative Fuels in a Cement Kiln Using Computational Methods
  9. Comparing State of the Art Methodology of Ideal Chute Design for Bulk Solids
  10. Design of Pneumatic Peg Hammer and Pinflag Placer
  11. Preliminary Life Cycle Analysis for the Production and Procurement of a Municipal Waste Transfer Station Structure
  12. Sensitivity Analysis of DEM Software and Design of Validation Model in an Ilmenite Transfer Chute
  13. Design and Evaluation of an Experimental Flash Flow Loop
  14. Optimization of Machining Parameters for Mild Steel Turning Using Carbide Cutters
  15. Selection of Most Efficient Pumping Regime for Pumping Dense Phase Slurry of Water and Coal Ash
  16. Review of Current Manufacturing Practices for Potential Future Developments; John Holland, Rockhampton
  17. Upgrade of Compressed Air System at Caltex Lytton Refinery
  18. Scaling of Alumina Trihydrate Precipitation Tanks: Monitoring and Flow Effects
  19. Design of Kayaking Training Aid
  20. Sustainable Water Consumption for Cooling Callide B Power Station
  21. CFD Modelling of a Vertical Shaft Kiln Shaft Kiln
  22. Nitrogen Oxide Emission Automated Control System
  23. Outboard Engine Emissions: Underwater Propeller Velocity Profile Modelling Using the CFD Software Fluent
  24. An Experimental Study into Flow Behaviour in Stirred Tanks and the Development of an Ideal Impellor Speed
  25. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Seals in Conveyor Idler Rollers
  26. Investigation and Design of a Racing Car Pedal System