ENEL400-17W (C) Whole Year 2017

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Project

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 September 2017


This course is the capstone final year honours project. It involves research and design and develops skills in life-time learning.

The course is a team based capstone research and development project, in which students develop applied professional problem-solving skills. There are no pre-exisiting solutions, paths, no standard recipes to follow.  Students apply research and design techniques in conjunction with the tools they have learned throughout their degree to find a solution to an industrial problem.

Students will work in teams with an academic supervisor and an external mentor, to solve an engineering problem set by an end-user.  This end-user is usually an outside company which sponsors the project.  The student team will use the knowledge from a number of the courses taken previously in the degree.

During the project, students will follow problem-solving processes used in industry.  They will research the problem, study existing solutions, develop a list of requirements and design a new, better solution.  Most projects build and test a prototype.

This course meets the criteria for Community and Work-Integrated Learning (CWIL) Courses.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Apply practical approaches to solving open-ended, real-world, complex problems.
  • Research and adapt background knowledge in a new field to a given problem.
  • Create new knowledge, engineering solutions, and functioning hardware.
  • Work effectively in a team environment.
  • Communicate engineering designs to a professional standard.
  • Manage time and resources in a professional manner.


Final Year of Study


ENEL427, ENCE427

Course Coordinator

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Project Proposal 5%
Progress Report 15%
Project Inspections 25%
Oral Presentations 10%
Formal Meetings/Peer Review 10%
Final Report 35%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,076.00

International fee $10,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering .

All ENEL400 Occurrences

  • ENEL400-17W (C) Whole Year 2017