The research project is the culminating experience of the student's course and provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills gained from earlier years. This substantial discipline related project is achieved across two units where students demonstrate their research capability to collect data and analyse it in relation to the project problem. Students will take the responsibility to organise, plan and carry-out the various tasks required for successful completion of the project. Students will be taught research methods to support this activity. Wherever possible, projects will be sourced from industry partners. Projects will be undertaken individually by each student although a number of projects can be closely related to address large challenges or problems.
This unit focuses on the research, scoping, designing and planning of the project. Upon successful completion of this unit, students will continue with Research Project 2 where the project outcomes will be finalised and delivered.

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NEF3101 - Project Management

NEF3202 - Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review and analyse a multi-faceted problem of significance to your discipline;  
  2. Use discipline-relevant research methods to evaluate the feasibility of a range of solutions;  
  3. Synthesise, critically analyse and/or test project designs or research hypotheses ensuring that outcomes meet negotiated requirements or client specifications;  
  4. Effectively plan a research based project within the constraints of the project brief;  
  5. Produce a range of research based documents and/or artifacts consistent with the expectations of the discipline;  
  6. Effectively communicate with all stakeholders in an ethical and professional manner and confidently defend ideas and proposals to the relevant audiences.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Project Plan (1500 words or equivalent) 25%
Report Project Proposal (3000 words or equivalent) 50%
Presentation Oral Presentation (15 minutes) 25%
In the project proposal, students will apply their skills and knowledge to critically analyse a complex problem or research question, conduct a detailed literature review and investigation and propose a detailed solution or hypothesis to be tested. In the Project Plan students will document the complete design of their solution or research investigation as well as a detailed plan on how the solution will be created or how the research investigation will be conducted. This will include a detailed work break-down structure, identification and allocation of resources, risk analysis and records of meetings and communications with the supervisor and other parties involved with the project. In the oral presentation, students will present their proposal in a clear, effective and professional manner.

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