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CHNG5222: Dissertation A

Semester 1, 2024 [Supervision] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CHNG5222
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 12
ENGG5220 OR ENGG5221 OR CHNG5020 OR CHNG5021 OR CHNG5022
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Marcello Solomon,
Lecturer(s) Marcello Solomon,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz hurdle task Online quiz: Lab safety and Thesis Requirements
Set in Canvas - Students are required to get 36+ to pass the test
3% Week 03
Due date: 08 Mar 2024 at 23:59

Closing date: 08 Mar 2024
40 short questions
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO6 LO3
Skills-based evaluation Dissertation A Risk Assessment Task
-Completion of a Risk Assessment Quiz -Completion of a Risk Assessment
12% Week 06
Due date: 29 Mar 2024 at 23:59

Closing date: 29 Mar 2024
Submission of Work
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO2 LO7
Creative assessment / demonstration Risk Assessment Reflection Task
Students will reflect on a Risk Assessment performed by another student
5% Week 09
Due date: 26 Apr 2024 at 23:59

Closing date: 26 Apr 2024
Short Reflection
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Presentation Oral/Poster presentation
Oral Presentation (Semester 1) Poster Presentation (Semester 2)
30% Week 13
Due date: 24 May 2024 at 23:59

Closing date: 24 May 2024
7min presentation + 2min Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment hurdle task Literature review and project plan report
written report
50% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2024 at 23:59

Closing date: 26 May 2024
about 30 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO8 LO3 LO6 LO7
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

Each student will be required to report on the mid-term progress or final results in their thesis/project investigations by delivering an oral and a poster presentation to their fellow thesis students and their supervisors. Oral presentation will be scheduled in Week 13 of the first semester and the poster presentation will be scheduled in Week 8 of the second semester.

Final Thesis is an individual thesis documenting and interpreting the information compiled during the research, and to act as the vehicle for communication to the interested reader.

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


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

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

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For more information see 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:

Failure to deliver a scheduled presentation will result in a 0 mark for this component unless prior arrangement for special consideration has been approved by the unit coordinator. Any late submission of assignments without the approval of Special Considerations will attract a 5% per day penalty of full mark.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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Support for students

The Support for Students Policy 2023 reflects the University’s commitment to supporting students in their academic journey and making the University safe for students. It is important that you read and understand this policy so that you are familiar with the range of support services available to you and understand how to engage with them.

The University uses email as its primary source of communication with students who need support under the Support for Students Policy 2023. Make sure you check your University email regularly and respond to any communications received from the University.

Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

If you are having difficulties completing your studies, or are feeling unsure about your progress, we are here to help. You can access the support services offered by the University at any time:

Support and Services (including health and wellbeing services, financial support and learning support)
Course planning and administration
Meet with an Academic Adviser

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Progressive Working on Dissertation Topic Project and Literature Review. Maintaining regular meetings with Supervisor to discuss progress Practical (26 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week -05 Allocation of thesis topic and supervisor Tutorial (3 hr) LO3
Week 01 Dissertation introduction and safety briefing Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 02 Risk Assessment I (An Introduction to Risk Assessment) Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 03 Risk Assessment Case Study and Workshop Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Dissertation A - Writing a Literature Review Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 06 Literature Review Workshop I Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO8
Week 10 Techniques in Oral Presentation (Semester 1) or Poster Presentation (Semester 2) Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8
Week 11 Oral Presentation (Semester 1) or Poster Presentation (Semester 2) Workshop (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

- Attendance at the Week 1 Safety Induction is compulsory for all students. - All other lecture and workshop attendance is highly recommended.

Study commitment: Students are expected to spend about 10 hours of research related independent study outside the specified contact periods. Progress reports are also due continuously to supervisor.

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 an appropriate method for investigating a specific research question
  • LO2. understand the importance of risk management when devising, planning and performing research tasks
  • LO3. formulate and plan a personal research project
  • LO4. document and report research work undertaken in a format appropriate for academic literature with correct referencing
  • LO5. deliver a research presentation that is clear, confident and engaging to an academic audience
  • LO6. employ originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical research issues
  • LO7. analyse raw data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
  • LO8. develop an in-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline

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

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