This unit of study aims to develop within the student an understanding of the scientific research method, practical research skills, and practical design and development skills in a research environment, through a research project conducted during a semester.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe and apply the scientific research method within a research project context
  • Select and apply appropriate practical research skills to execute research project
  • Communicate research outcomes to a technical audience
  • Demonstrate practical design and development skills in a research environment
  • Identify and adopt safe working practices relevant to research project

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
5.00 12 weeks 60
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
7.50 12 weeks 90


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Oral PresentationIndividual/Group 10 - 30% 1,2,3,4,5 
PortfolioIndividual 30 - 40% 1,2,3,4,5 
Project ReportIndividual/Group 40 - 50% 1,2,3,4,5 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

  • An aggregate mark for the unit of 50% or more.


Students will undertake a substantial project, usually based within a research group in the university or external industrial research establishment. Projects are expected to involve a substantial research component, relevant to the discipline area of the placement.

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.