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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.
This course builds on the previous design courses at 200 and 300 level and is designed to form one integrated continuum.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
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.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
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.
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 and ENEL301
Students must attend one activity from each section.
A student may not attempt the Fourth Year project unless they will be completing their degree within 3 semesters or less.
Contact HoursLectures: 10 hoursTutorials: 8 hoursResearch: 40 hoursProposal: 8 hoursProgress Report: 20 hours Project Inspections x 2: 20 hoursFinal Report: 30 hoursProject management: 30 hoursEngineering Time: ≈150 hours Total ≈316
Domestic fee $2,393.00
International fee $12,000.00
* 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.
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Electrical and Computer Engineering