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 continues from Research Project 1. The focus of this unit is the collection and the analysis of data and formally reporting the conclusions and recommendations. Students will report on their key findings through the oral presentation.

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NEF4101 - Research Project 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Implement research methodologies appropriate to the problem and the relevant discipline;  
  2. Analyse data to demonstrate the feasibility of alternative solutions to the problem under investigation;  
  3. Produce a range of research based documents consistent with the expectations of the discipline;  
  4. 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 Interim Report (1500 words or equivalent) 15%
Report Final Report (4000 words or equivalent) 60%
Presentation Oral Presentation (15 minutes) 25%

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