Final Year Research Project 2 (PDE)

PDE40003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 48 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.



Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to develop the student’s research, design and engineering skills to a professional level and provides the opportunity to collaborate with industry and research organisations to develop an innovative product outcome.
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
Engage with industry partners and research organisations to develop an innovative project outcome.
Research and analyse appropriate and emerging materials and manufacturing technologies.
Write and present a major project technical report that includes a product design specification, design methodology, references a literature review, customer needs, ergonomics, market evaluation and existing/competitive products.
Apply knowledge and skills acquired during the course in a design context.
Uses new technology or processes that integrate mechanical engineering solutions in a design solution.
Demonstrate the ability to complete a full project from inception to achieving stated deliverables.
Present a professional seminar.
Learning and Teaching Activities:

The Final Year Research Project runs for the duration of two teaching periods and consists of PDE40002 Professional Project 1 (PDE) Semester 1 and PDE40003 Professional Project 2 (PDE) in Semester 2.
The professional project will be undertaken individually in conjunction with an industry partner. This unit consists of the project research undertaken in PDE40002 Professional Project 1 – (PDE) (including literature reviews and market surveys). Students are expected to conduct, formulate research strategies, identify and define problems, generate and select solutions, and analyse and prepare designs. As appropriate, students will build, test and evaluate their design.
The project is outlined as:
· Design development and refinement will utilise sketching, 2D and 3D CAD, sketch modelling and prototyping processes to validate designs.
· The project will culminate in the submission of a 16,000 word technical report, a design documentation folio and a prototype (or scale model) of the proposed design.
· The research from this unit will culminate in the submission of a 16,000 word (maximum) technical report (plus appendices), correctly referenced (Harvard) outlining all the relevant areas of research, a concept design folio and technical drawings.
· The project will conclude with a professional seminar presentation to a review panel comprising representatives of both the FHAD and FSET.

This unit provides students with a framework that supports innovative and detailed product development underpinned by robust research and project management processes. The project must not be a redesign of an existing product. The goal is to create a new and innovative outcome that embraces new technology and/or processes and addressers a social and/or environmental need. All projects must integrate mechanical engineering solutions into the final outcome.

Preparation requirements:
Students should attend all sessions with the appropriate project materials for consultation and to further their design. This includes a product development/reflective journal that documents an account of the project’s progress.