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AMME4112: Thesis B

The ability to plan, systematically conduct and report on a major project, involving both research and design, is an important skill for professional engineers. The final year thesis units (Thesis A and Thesis B) aim to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a defined piece of independent research and design that fosters the development of engineering skills. These skills include: the capacity to define a problem; carry out systematic research in exploring how it relates to existing knowledge; identifying the tools needed to address the problem; designing a solution, product or prototype; analysing the results obtained; and presenting the outcomes in a report that is clear, coherent and logically structured. The thesis is undertaken across two semesters of enrolment. Taken together, Thesis A covers initial research into the background of the problem being considered (formulated as a literature review), development of a detailed proposal incorporating project objectives, planning, and risk assessment, preliminary design, modelling and/or experimental work, followed by the detailed work in designing a solution, performing experiments, evaluating outcomes, analysing results, and writing up and presenting the outcomes. The final grade is based on the work done in both Thesis A and B, and will be awarded upon successful completion of Thesis B. While recognising that some projects can be interdisciplinary in nature, it is the normal expectation that the students would do the project in their chosen area of specialisation. For student who are completing a Major within their BE degree, the thesis topic must be within the area of the Major. The theses to be undertaken by students will very often be related to some aspect of a staff member's research interests. Some projects will be experimental in nature, others may involve computer-based simulation and analysis, feasibility studies or the design, construction and testing of equipment. All however will require students to undertake research and design relevant to the topic of their thesis. The direction of thesis work may be determined by the supervisor or be of an original nature, but in either case the student is responsible for the execution of the practical work and the general layout and content of the thesis itself. The thesis must be the student's individual work although it may be conducted as a component of a wider group project. Students undertaking research on this basis will need to take care in ensuring the quality of their own research and design work and their individual final thesis submission. The thesis will be judged on the extent and quality of the student's original work and particularly how critical, perceptive and constructive they have been in assessing their work and that of others. Students will also be required to present the results of their thesis to their peers and supervisors as part of a seminar program. Whilst thesis topics will be constrained by the available time and resources, the aim is to contribute to the creation of new engineering knowledge, techniques and/or solutions. Students should explore topics that arouse intellectual curiosity and represent an appropriate range and diversity of technical and conceptual research and design challenges.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AMME4112
Unit name Thesis B
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Supervision
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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AMME4121 or AMME4010 or AMME4122 or BMET4111 or BMET4112 OR BMET4010
Prerequisites
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36 cp of any 3000- or higher level Engineering units of study
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Rod Fiford, rod.fiford@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Proposal
0% - Previous semester
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Assignment Progress report
10% - Previous semester
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Presentation Presentation/seminar
10% Week 11
Due date: 15 May 2020
See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7
Honours thesis Thesis
80% Week 13
Due date: 28 May 2020
See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6


Proposal: Thesis proposal (Thesis A). The proposal should be about two pages in length and written in consultation with supervisor. The proposal includes a time schedule (Gantt chart) for the various tasks involved in the thesis work. In particular, if any workshop time is required (for building experimental equipment etc.). The proposal must include a statement that the job has been discussed with the Workshop Supervisor and the proposed time slot (give dates) and resources allocated to the job must be specified. The proposal must be submitted to your thesis supervisor by the date specified. The proposal does not carry any marks, but failure to submit a satisfactory proposal may result in discontinuation of the course for that semester.

Progress Report: Progress Report (Thesis A). The report should include an introduction and literature survey in a form similar to that which will appear in the final thesis and a summary (not exceeding 1000 words) of the work carried out thus far. The thesis supervisor should be contacted when preparing this report for advice regarding content and structure. The progress report must be submitted directly to the student`s thesis supervisor, as well as online via Turnitin. The progress report will be marked out of 10 by your supervisor and the marks will contribute 10% of the final Thesis mark. Late submissions (based on day/time submitted electronically to Turnitin) will result in a penalty of 0.5 marks (out of 10) per day (including weekends) up to a maximum of the mark awarded.

Presentation/Seminar: Seminar (Thesis B - AMME4112). This is an opportunity for students to present their work to other students and to staff. It is a compulsory part of Thesis. Evaluation will be based on the quality and coherence of the presentation, quality of subject matter and the handling of questions from the audience. Late seminar abstract submissions will receive a 5% per day late penalty.

Thesis: Thesis submission (Thesis B - AMME4112). Thesis must be submitted in PDF format online via Canvas and Turnitin, plus two hard-bound copies of the Thesis must be submitted to Room 442. Penalty 5% per day (including weekends) applies for late submission (both physical and online). A statement identifying the specific contributions of the student and others must be included or the thesis will receive a grade of 0.

Thesis content requirements are set out in the School`s Thesis Marking Sheet, which provides the basis for thesis marking. Undergraduate theses are strictly limited to a maximum of 75 pages (approximately 25,000-30,000 words) excluding the pre-amble such as a title page, abstract, declaration of contribution, acknowledgements, table of contents and references. Appendices may also be included in addition to the 75 page limit but are for peripherally relevant information and are generally not assessable. Thesis is about quality not quantity. Students should closely consult their supervisor as well as the Marking Sheet regarding the appropriate content, organisation and formatting. Students are encouraged to examine theses from previous years (available in the thesis library in Room 444) to get an idea of acceptable formats and styles. 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% per day or part thereof, applied to both online and physical submissions.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. formulate and plan a personal research project
  • LO2. demonstrate originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical research issues
  • LO3. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline
  • LO4. formulate an appropriate method for investigating a specific research question
  • LO5. analyse data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved
  • LO6. document and report research work undertaken in a format appropriate for academic literature with correct referencing
  • LO7. deliver a research presentation that is clear, confident and engaging to an academic audience.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Work, health and safety

Appropriate risk assessments and lab inductions as required, consult your supervisor for details.

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