Electrical Engineering Capstone ProjectA

Subject ELEN90070 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 one-hour lectures in semester one
Total Time Commitment:

400 hours


Prerequisites for students admitted into the B-ENG Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) are:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


ANY three other study-level 3 Electrical Engineering subjects.


At most 112.5 points remaining to complete the degree and student can be graduated on completion of Capstone Project

Prerequisites for students admitted into the MC-ENG Master of Engineering (Electrical) or (Electrical with Business) are:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

(ELEN90066 can be taken concurrently).


ANY three other study-level 9 Electrical Engineering subjects.


ELEN90070 Electrical Engineering Capstone Project A can only be taken in the final 2 semesters of enrolment.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Iman Shames, Dr Robert Schmid


Dr. Iman Shames


Dr. Robert Schmid


Subject Overview:


This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate technical knowledge and generic skills gained in earlier years. This is to be achieved within the context of an engineering project conducted in a small team (typically two or three students) under the supervision of either a member of academic staff and where appropriate an industry partner. The project component of this subject is supplemented by a lecture course dealing with project management tools and practices, organisational structures, engineering standards and the social and environmental responsibility of professional engineers.


Topics include: Technical report writing, engineering design planning and conducting experiments and test, data acquisition and analysis, public speaking, project presentation skills.

This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).

Note: Enrolment in ELEN90070 Electrical Engineering Capstone Project A is subject to approval from the subject coordinator. ELEN90070 Electrical Engineering Capstone Project A is of year-long duration, students commence this subject in Semester 2 and continue in the consecutive semester (Semester 1 in the following year). Upon successful completion of this project, students will receive 25 points credit. Students wishing to undertake this subject should also complete the lecture component of the subject in Semester 1 in the following year.

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Conduct an electrical engineering project
  2. Effectively communicate the outcomes of various stages of an engineering project
  3. Apply standard engineering project management tools
  4. Identify standard organisational structures and the relative merits of different approaches
  5. Describe the role of standards in engineering projects.
  • Individual continuous assessment of the lecture component of the subject, comprising submitted work not exceeding 25 pages over the semester (approximately 50-60 hours of work per student), worth 25%
  • Individual oral assessment of project outcomes towards the end of semester one, of duration at most 15 minutes per student( approximately 30-35 hours of work), worth 10%
  • A group oral presentation of the project outcomes towards the end of semester 1, of duration at most 30 minutes( approximately 35-40 hours of work per student), worth 10%
  • A group preliminary report not exceeding the sum of 10 pages per student plus 20 pages(excluding appendices), due two weeks before the oral presentation (approximately 50-60 hours of work per student), worth 5%
  • A final group report not exceeding the sum of 15 pages per student plus 30 pages (excluding appendices) due in the end-of-semester 1 at the beginning of examination period( approximately 180-200 hours of work per student), worth 50%.

Hurdle requirement: In order to pass the subject the students must receive a mark of at least 37.5 out of 75 for the components related to the project (i.e. the individual oral assessment, the group oral presentation, the preliminary report and the final report).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 2, and 3 are assessed in all assessment components. ILO 4 and 5 are primarily assessed in the continuous assessment of the project management component of the course.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom


The subject is delivered through one-hour lecture in semester 1, and meetings with academic project supervisors.


Students are provided with laboratory manuals and data sheets as appropriate to experiments, and access to textbooks and journal papers through the library system.


Exposure to electrical engineering in industry, and research laboratories through collaborative projects with external co-supervision arrangements. Students are encouraged to take industry based projects.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)
Master of Engineering (Electrical)

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