MPE Thesis A: Experimental Methods

10 Units

In this course, students learn and practice all aspects of conducting research in an engineering context. This includes coverage of basic measurement techniques; sourcing, evaluating and reporting on literature; planning an experiment; safety in the laboratory; and data processing techniques. These aspects are then integrated into the final element in which students plan, conduct, analyse and report on a major experiment directly linked to their honours project.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Find and critically evaluate the results of existing research
  2. Devise well considered hypotheses for testing
  3. Plan experiments to rigorously test hypotheses
  4. Safely conduct experiments
  5. Rigorously analyse experimental data
  6. Report effectively on findings
  7. Produce a professional level engineering report
  8. Produce a professional level presentation
  9. Apply time and project management skills to an engineering project
  10. Demonstrate a high level of self-directed learning

Part 1: Tools

1.    Methods for critical review and evaluation of literature

2.    Measurement techniques and technologies

3.    Experiment planning

4.    Data analysis (statistics, plotting, curve fitting, evaluation of models, etc.)

Part 2: Major Project 

Multi-Term Sequence This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: Mid-semester quiz
  • Report: Laboratory Report
  • Presentation: Seminar
  • Report: Major project progress report

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for MECH6840A
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