Engineering Research Practice - 2017

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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 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - 1000 words (15%) , Assignment 2 - 2000 words (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,120.00
International 2,370.00

This unit aims to equip you with the fundamental concepts and practice of engineering research and enable you to develop a proposal for a small research project under supervision.

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

  1. describe the key elements in the design of research programs
  2. appreciate the diversity of possible research methods and their purposes to enable a selection of a method for a particular project
  3. plan the data collection and research method for a small project
  4. apply skills in gathering and analysing information
  5. apply skills and knowledge of the methods for writing effectively for research degrees
  • Assignment 1 — 1000 words (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — 2000 words (45%)
  • Assignment 3 — 1500 words (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • 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.

1Research design
2Qualitative and quantitative research methods
3Sources of data and data collection procedures
4Measurement strategies
5Questionnaire design
6Interviewing techniques
7Content analysis
8Literature surveys
9Information databases
10Statistical techniques
11Evaluation and writing of research reports, papers and theses
12Development of a research program
13Writing research proposals
14Philosophy of a broad range of research methods
15Research methodology selection
16Interaction of research methodology and type of knowledge developed through the project

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 is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

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