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Unit of study_

AMME5222: Dissertation A

To complete a substantial research project and successfully analyse a problem, devise appropriate experiments, analyse the results and produce a well-argued, in-depth thesis. The final research project should be completed and reported at a level which meets AQF level 9 outcomes and has original components as would be expected in MPhil.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AMME5222
Unit name Dissertation A
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Supervision
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 12

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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AMME5020 OR AMME5021 OR AMME5022 OR BMET5020 OR BMET5021 OR BMET5022 OR BMET5222 OR BMET5223 OR BMET5010
Prerequisites
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None
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 Presentation/seminar
10% - Following semester
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7
Honours thesis Thesis
80% - Following semester
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Proposal
0% Week 05
Due date: 27 Mar 2020
See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Assignment Progress report
10% Week 13
Due date: 29 May 2020
See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3

Proposal: Project proposal (Dissertation A). The proposal should be about two pages in length and written in consultation with supervisor. The proposal includes a time schedule for the various tasks involved in the project 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 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 (Dissertation 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 project supervisor should be contacted when preparing this report for advice regarding content and structure. The progress report must be submitted directly to the thesis supervisor and also submitted online in PDF format via Canvas and Turnitin. The progress report will be marked out of 10 by your supervisor and the marks will contribute 10% of the final Capstone mark. Late submissions will result in a penalty of 0.5 marks (out of 10) per working day up to a maximum of the mark awarded.

Presentation/Seminar: Seminar (Dissertation B). This is an opportunity for students to present their work to other students and to staff. Evaluation will be based on the quality and coherence of the presentation, quality of subject matter and the handling of questions from the audience.

Thesis: Thesis submission (Dissertation B). Two hard-bound copies of the Thesis should be submitted to Room 444 by 3pm Thursday of week 13, plus also online via Canvas. Penalty 5% per day (including Sat, Sun) applies for late submission for both physical and online submisisons. Statement identifying the specific contributions of the student and others must be included. Thesis content requirements are set out in the School`s Marking Sheet, which provides the basis for thesis marking. Students should note that there are no marks for length and no specific length requirement. Typical postgraduate theses should not exceed 100 pages (approximately 40-45,000 words - excluding preliminary pages, references and appendices), but may be considerably less. Dissertation 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 12 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 240-300 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. devise an appropriate research method
  • LO5. analyse raw 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
  • 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

In order to enrol in a dissertation project, students must first secure an academic supervisor in an area that they are interested. Students must have acieved a WAM of 75% or greater in their prior year of study. The topic of your project must be determined in discussion with the supervisor.

Work, health and safety

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

Disclaimer

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