ENEL400-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Project

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


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-existing 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.  They will also report back using progress reports, inspections, and presentations on the design process.  Most projects build and test a prototype, and then verify and validate their design before writing a final report.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • LO1: Conduct research and apply acquired knowledge to identify, address and define a complex, open-ended problem in engineering design. Consider the impact on society and the environment.  (WA1, WA2, WA5, WA6, WA7)

  • LO2: Ideate, develop and iterate to an innovative solution for the engineering design problem, employing various tools and strategies. Verify, test, and validate the design against the project definition and include sustainability aspects. (WA3, WA4,WA5,WA6,WA7)

  • LO3: Effectively communicate within the team, acknowledging gender, cultural, skillset, and motivational differences, while professionally exchanging information through spoken, written, and graphical means with external stakeholders.  (WA9,WA10)

  • LO4: Apply project management techniques that include tasks of coordinating meetings, managing documents including confidentiality, Intellectual Property (IP), time tracking, overseeing budgets, and cultivating a profound understanding of sustainable engineering. (WA7, WA10, WA11)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Final Year of Study


ENEL427, ENCE427

Course Coordinator

Shayne Crimp


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Project Proposal 10%
Progress Report 15%
Progress Inspection 10%
Final Inspections 10%
Oral Presentations 10%
Formal Meetings 5%
Final Report 40%


A student may not attempt the Third Professional Year project unless they will be completing their degree within 3 semesters or less.

Additional Course Outline Information

Mahi ā-Ākonga | Workload (expected distribution of student hours, note 30 points = 300 hours):

Contact Hours

Lectures: 10 hours
Tutorials: 8 hours
Research: 40 hours
Proposal: 8 hours
Progress Report: 20 hours

Project Inspections x 2: 20 hours
Final Report: 30 hours
Project management: 30 hours
Engineering Time: ≈150 hours

Total ≈316

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,328.00

International fee $11,500.00

* 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

  • ENEL400-23W (C) Whole Year 2023