Engineering Institute of Technology


Unit Name


Unit Code


(BIA307S, BEE307S, BME307S, BCS307S)


Unit Duration

2 Terms / 1 Semester


Bachelor of Science (Engineering)


Duration 3 years

Year Level


Unit Coordinator






Credit Points



Total Program Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery

Online or on-campus.

Delivery/ Contact Hours per week

(360 hours total student workload)

The capstone project is the culminating experience of the student's engineering program. The objective of this unit is to provide the experience of working individually or as part of a project team in a situation similar to one that may be found in an industrial or commercial environment, with a strong emphasis on independent learning. From articulating the project rationale and defining its scope, to refining the design and finished product, this unit is intended to test the capacity of the students to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills gained from earlier years.

The project will include theoretical, computational and/or experimental work, along with a critical literature review. The students are required to combine their theoretical, analytical and practical skills and apply them to the project which will not only encompass core engineering knowledge, but also the chosen specialist areas of study. The project work is thus a reflection of what they can anticipate when entering employment as a graduate engineer.

The experience gained during the project work will enhance a student's ability to perform quality work, to be innovative, to solve problems and identify solutions, thereby developing engineering judgement. The project work is planned and executed under the supervision, guidance and in close collaboration with a project mentor, and both the work and the report must meet professional engineering standards.


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:


  1. Explore and study in-depth a chosen field of engineering with a practical emphasis

  2. Demonstrate an ability to self- manage and organize, and to investigate and evaluate a problem of interest

  3. Apply theoretical, analytical and practical skills gained from other course units

  4. Innovate, create and present solutions to practical engineering problems

  5. Develop the necessary skills to logically assess various alternatives and investigate prior work in the field of interest and compare and contrast such work to bring about a solution to a problem of interest

  6. Develop project management, organisational and interpersonal skills

  7. Produce project report work commensurate to a BSC standard, keeping in mind personal and professional responsibilities

    Professional Development

    Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

    1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

      1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

      2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

      3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

      4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

      5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

      6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

      7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

      8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

    2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

      1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

      2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

      3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

      4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

      5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

    3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

      1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

      2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

      3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

      4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.


Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency


Knowledge and Skill Base


Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.


Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.


In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.


Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.


Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.


Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.


Engineering Application Ability


Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.


Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.


Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.


Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.


Professional and Personal Attributes


Ethical conduct and professional accountability.


Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.


Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.


Professional use and management of information.


Orderly management of self and professional conduct.


Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:


Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines


1.1, 1.3


1, 2, 3, 4, 5

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology




3, 4

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain


1, 4, 5

A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain





B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems


1.4, 2.1, 2.3


2, 4, 5

B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice


2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2


C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience




1, 2, 4, 5

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures



D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3


D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain




4, 5

E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability


1.6, 3.1, 3.4


5, 6, 7

E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work


3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6


2, 4, 5, 7

Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.




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Student assessment


Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed



Type: Project Proposal Word length: 500

Students will complete a proposal document that would include a problem statement and proposed methodology with appendices including the project schedule and WBS.


Week 4




1 to 2



Type: Progress Report Word length: 1,000

Students will complete a progress report on their project. Students will have to present their findings thus far in the form of a well-structured report in clear English, providing a description of progress, literature survey, proposed solution.


Week 8




1 to 6



Type: Project

Word length: Length: 20-25 pages (6,000-7,000 words)

Students will complete a comprehensive project in their discipline, on a topic of their choice. While executing the project, students are expected to research, innovate and develop real world solutions to engineering problems or challenges. They must use initiative and creativity to work on actual research problems, which will help them develop valuable transferable skills for future employment in industry.


At the end of the project, the students will present their findings in the form of a well-structured report in clear English, providing a description of the work undertaken, and a synthesis of the data collected, along with a logical discussion of the processes, results and conclusions.


Final week




1 to 7


Presentation Attendance

Example: Presentation and demonstration of project. Attendance to award

Final week


3, 6

Prescribed and Recommended Readings

Required Textbook(s)

This project is a culmination of the Bachelor of Science (Engineering) program, as such, students may utilise any of the textbooks which they acquired throughout the conduct of the course. The project mentor may provide guidance on additional textbooks and other reference materials which may assist the student, these recommendations will be project dependent.


Unit Content:


Week 1

Identification and Finalization of Project

  1. Form project team

  2. Select project in consultation with mentor/guide and industry experts

  3. Submit synopsis

  4. Organise and plan resources for project

  5. Prepare time/delivery schedules

  6. Assign responsibilities


Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Project Execution and Progress monitoring

  1. Take surveys and participate in industrial/laboratory visits

  2. Acquaint with the process of applying engineering fundamentals in the application domain

  3. Carry out research and literature survey

  4. Identify solutions to problems

  5. Schedule one-to-one meetings with mentor/guide to monitor progress

  6. Prepare progress reports


Weeks 9 to 21

Review of Project Outcome and Validation

  1. Review the completed tasks with mentor/guide

  2. Correlate theoretical and experimental/simulation results and draw proper inferences

  3. Validate the results

  4. Prepare a detailed project report in consultation with mentor, as per standard guidelines


Weeks 22

Documentation and Presentation

Document review for any inconsistencies


Weeks 23

Documentation and Presentation

Submit project report


Weeks 24

Documentation and Presentation

Present project report