SEN700 - Research Methodology


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

For students enrolled in S460, S461, S462, S463, S465, S466: Completion of 18 credit points.

For students enrolled in S550, S652, S751, S752, S756, S757, S758, S759: Nil.

For students enrolled in courses outside of the School of Engineering: Unit Chair approval.



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour workshop per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2 hour workshop per week.


Research skills are essential for engineers as it helps them find answers to questions, understand trends and prepare for practice. This unit provides students with a structured program to develop skills required to search, locate, manage and critically review research and developments in engineering. Students will be guided through active learning opportunities in weekly workshops to be inquisitive. Through literature reviews, you will identify gaps, generate significant research questions, learn suitable research and engineering methodologies and prepare a research proposal to answer research questions and generate new knowledge. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit will allow students to identify problems and plan projects. Research skills allows engineers to judge the quality and limitations of their own practice and that of others.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must meet all the pass criteria as specified in the unit grading rubric. This implies that all OnTrack tasks are to be submitted by the indicated due dates. Moreover, students must submit the Learning Portfolio, through OnTrack, on Friday Week 12 by 8 pm AEST / AEDT.

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