ELEC4713: Honours Thesis B (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC4713: Honours Thesis B (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Honours
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Shrivastava, Yash
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.ee.usyd.edu.au/project/index.html
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: ELEC4712.
Brief Handbook Description: Students will work individually or in groups on an assigned project for the Semester. The concepts covered depend on the nature of the project, but broadly cover research and inquiry, and information literacy.
Assumed Knowledge: This is a diverse subject like no other you have tackled before. You will be required to show significant self-motivation and initiative, and bring together all your wealth of knowledge gained over the past years in electrical engineering. I`m sure you`ll enjoy the challenge! Most students find it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of their time at The University. I hope you do too!
Additional Notes: Note that students require permission from the HOS to do both A and B units in the same Semester, and will have an accelerated assessment schedule. Note also that entry to Honours Thesis is by permission.
Timetable: ELEC4713 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Project Work - own time 12.00 1 13

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Developed through the design and problems encountered in the specific project. Design (Level 4)
Depending on the project, the development of expertise specific to the discipline. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
The science and engineering fundamentals underpinning work on a project. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Searching for and assimilation of information relevant to the particular problems of the project. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Through interactions with supervisor(s), staff and other students, and through a seminar presentation of the work. Communication (Level 4)
Working on industry-relevant projects. Professional Conduct (Level 3)
Working with supervisor(s), staff and other students to manage project goals. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 4)
1. Ability to formulate and plan a personal research project
2. Originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical research issues.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. In-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
4. Ability to formulate an appropriate method for investigating a specific research question
5. Ability to analyse data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
Communication (Level 4)
6. Ability to document and report research work undertaken in a format appropriate for academic literature with correct referencing.
7. Ability to deliver a research presentation that is clear, confident and engaging to an academic audience.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Proposal No 0.00 Previous Semester 1, 6,
2 Progress Report No 0.00 Previous Semester 1, 3, 4, 6,
3 Thesis No 60.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Presentation/Seminar No 20.00 Exam Period 3, 7,
5 Participation No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1,
Assessment Description: The five assessment components above are done across Honours Thesis A and B together. The Proposal and Progress report are submitted as part of the Thesis A. The Thesis and Presentation are for delivery during Thesis B. The Participation mark (20%) is for work in both parts, Thesis A and B. The mark is for project management performance in the project as a whole. The results achieved in Thesis B count for both units.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 2 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 3 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 4 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 5 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 6 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 7 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 8 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 9 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 10 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 11 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Submission of Draft Treatise.
Week 12 Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Week 13 Submission of Treatise.
Independent work on project, in consultation with academic supervisor(s).
Assessment Due: Thesis
Exam Period Presentation.
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Previous Semester Assessment Due: Proposal
Assessment Due: Progress Report

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2015
Electrical 2015
Electrical (Computer) 2015, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2010
Computer Engineering 2010
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Commerce 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Medical Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Flexible First Year (Stream B) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 40%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 20%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 20%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 20%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.