ENME408-17W (C) Whole Year 2017

Honours Research and Development 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


Team-based capstone research and development project. The purpose of the course is to develop applied professional problem-solving skills. There are no pre-existing solutions paths, no standard recipes to follow. Students apply research and design, select their own tools and find their own solution.

Students will work in teams with an academic supervisor and an external mentor, to solve engineering problems set by an end-user: usually an engineering company which sponsors the project. The student team may use knowledge from any 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.
In addition to the team project, training will be given in professional skills including planning and project management, budgeting, risk assessment, communication with clients, oral and written communication, personal time management, job-seeking skills, creative and critical thinking, and leadership.
This course meets the criteria for Community and Work-Integrated Learning (CWIL) Courses.


60 points at 300-level in Mechanical Engineering




Course Coordinator

Mark Jermy


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Proposal documentation due begining of week 5, term 1 20 Mar 2017 10%
Individual review 1 01 May 2017 5%
Midyear progress report 21 May 2017 10%
Individual review 2 17 Jul 2017 10%
Individual review 3 11 Sep 2017 20%
Individual review 4 03 Oct 2017 20%
Final report due end of term 4 29 Oct 2017 25%

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 Mechanical Engineering .

All ENME408 Occurrences

  • ENME408-17W (C) Whole Year 2017