Engineering Research Practice - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - 1000 words (15%) , Assignment 2 - 2000 words (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,050.00
International 2,300.00

This unit aims to equip you with the perspectives, knowledge and skills to enable the recognition, planning, design and execution of research in the wide range of forms relevant for engineering and technology investigations and developments.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the key elements in the design of research programs
  2. critically evaluate and characterise the purpose of a research proejct or the research tasks embedded in a project
  3. select an appropriate methodology to achieve the research purpose of a project
  4. crticically read and evaluate a body of background material (literature, patents etc) to build a case for performing a particular project in a particular manner
  5. outline a research project methodology and critically evaluate the implications for success
  • Assignment 1 — 1000 words (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — 2000 words (45%)
  • Assignment 3 — 1500 words (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Philosophical perspectives of research
2Qualitative and quantitative research methods
3Literature reviews
4Ethics and ethics approval
5Intellectual property protection
6Patent searching

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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