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Unit of study_

ELEC5020: Capstone Project A

The capstone project requires the student to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, using their technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice thus demonstrating the achievement of AQF Level 9. The Capstone Project aims to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a defined piece of independent research or design work in a setting and in a manner that fosters the development of engineering skills in research or design. These skills include the capacity to define a research or design question, showing how it relates to existing knowledge, identifying the tools needed to investigate the question, carrying out the research or design in a systematic way, analysing the results obtained and presenting the outcomes in a report that is clear, coherent and logically structured. Capstone Project is undertaken across two semesters of enrolment, in two successive Units of Study of 6 credits points each. Capstone Project A covers first steps of thesis research starting with development of research proposal. Capstone Project B covers the second of stage writing up and presenting the research results. Students are asked to write a thesis based on a research or major design project, which is very often related to some aspect of a staff member's research interests. Some projects will be experimental in nature, others may involve computer-based simulation, feasibility studies or the design, construction and testing of equipment. 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 final thesis must be the student's individual work, although research is sometimes conducted in the framework of a group project shared with others. Students undertaking research on this basis will need to take care in ensuring the individual quality of their own research work and the 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 he or she has been in assessing his/her work and that of others. Students will also be required to present the results of their findings to their peers and supervisors as part of a seminar program. A thesis at this level will represent a contribution to professional practice or research, however the timeframe available for the thesis also needs to be considered when developing project scope. Indeed, a key aim of the thesis is to specify a research topic that arouses sufficient intellectual curiosity, and presents an appropriate range and diversity of technical and conceptual challenges, while remaining manageable and allowing achievable outcomes within the time and resources available. It is important that the topic be of sufficient scope and complexity to allow a student to learn their craft and demonstrate their research skills. Equally imperative is that the task not be so demanding as to elude completion. Finally, the ability to plan such a project to achieve results within constraints, and also the identification of promising areas and approaches for future research, are key assessment criteria.

Details

Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC5020
Unit name Capstone Project A
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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None
Prerequisites
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96 cp from MPE degree program or 48 cp from the MPE(Accel) program or 24 cp from the ME program (including any credit for previous study).
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Yash Shrivastava, yash.shrivastava@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Presentation/Seminar
Seminar style presentation.
20% - N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO1
Participation Participation
20% - N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO7
Honours thesis Thesis
60% - N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Proposal
0% Week 04 N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO7 LO2
Assignment Progress report
0% Week 13 N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO7 LO2 LO4 LO5
  • The five assessment components above are done across Capstone Project A and B together. The Proposal and Progress report are submitted as part of the Capstone Project A. The Thesis and Presentation are for delivery during Capstone Project B. The Participation mark (20%) is for work in both parts, Capstone Project A and B. The mark is for project management performance in the project as a whole. 

 

  • The results achieved in Capstone Project B count for Capstone Project A as well. Since Capstone Project is a year long task, the final results for Capstone Project A are only recorded at the end of the year, on completing Project B. A temporary UC result will be returned for this unit until results for thesis are obtained. Capstone Project A and Capstone Project B will then be given the same result.

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.

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
Week 01 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 02 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 03 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 04 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 05 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 06 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 07 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 08 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 09 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 10 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 11 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 12 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  
Week 13 Independent project work, in consultation with academic supervisor(s) Individual study (12 hr)  

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

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
No significant changes have been made to this unit.

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