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ENG303 Research Project / ENG720 Honours Thesis – PRT820 Master Thesis

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ENG303 Research Project / ENG720 Honours Thesis

TITLE

Topic ID:

Student Name

Student ID:

ENG303 Research Project / ENG720 Honours Thesis / PRT820 Master Thesis

Research Plan

First Supervisor:

First Supervisor ID:

Second Supervisor:

Second Supervisor ID:

CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT

XX Month 20XX

Table of Contents

1.       Introduction.. 2

2.       Aim of Research.. 2

3.       Project Scope. 2

4.       Approach.. 2

5.       Specification of Deliverables of the Project. 2

6.       Gantt Chart. 2

7.       Resources Required.. 2

8.       Special Approvals. 3

Appendix A: Title of Appendix A.. 5

References. 6

1.               Introduction

Provide background information about your research project so that readers can understand the aim of your research (next section).

2.               Aim of Research

Give a brief description of the aim of the research. Keep this section brief (often only one sentence is needed) as it should be a logical follow on from the Introduction.

3.               Project Scope

Outline the scope of the project, what will you investigate, what will not be part of your research.

4.               Approach

Outline how you will meet the aim of this research or solve the problem formulated above. What will you do, e.g. design equipment/software/experiments, collect data, simulate scenarios, compare simulation to measure data, etc.

5.               Specification of Deliverables of the Project

Outline what deliverables you expect to achieve to meet the aim of this research or solve the problem formulated in 2.

6.               Gantt Chart

Make a Gantt chart of the project (this includes Part A and Part B for thesis students) noting all milestones and critical paths, leading to the deliverables mentioned above.

7.               Resources Required

Outline the resources required for the project, including:

8.               Special Approvals

If you need any of the special approvals for your thesis or research project as outlined below, include that in this section. If you do not need any special approvals, clearly state that in this section, for example

“This thesis/research project does not:

and the intellectual property belongs to the University.”

Human or Animal Ethics Clearance

If your project involves surveys, questionnaires, focus groups or other experimentation or data collection involving human beings, you must have received ethics clearance from either the Unit Coordinator or the Human Research Ethics Committee from CDU before you commence (ethics clearance cannot be provided afterwards).

Animal Ethics Clearance

If your thesis involves experimentation or observation of animals, you will need animal ethics clearance. If this is the case, outline this in this section and inform the Unit Coordinator via email as well.

Laboratory Experimentation

If your research requires access to laboratory facilities, you will need to undergo safety training. If so, clearly indicate in this section what equipment/facilities you need to access that requires safety training.

Fieldwork

If your thesis or research report involves fieldwork, indicate this in this section. Please note that two fieldwork forms need to be completed and approved before you can commence any fieldwork – refer to Learnline – Assessments – Forms, Templates and Marking Rubrics.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is usually assigned to the University. However, there are circumstances where this is not possible, in particular for defence related projects. The most common arrangement is that the student will be given access to background IP to complete the thesis or research project, but will not publish background IP or IP developed in the thesis or research project without approval from the industry partner. As the industry partner provides the second supervisor, this is normally decided by the second supervisor. The student should then liaise with the second supervisor before submitting or publishing any documents.

If the IP developed for this project is not assigned to the University, you must describe the alternative arrangements in this section.

In some rare circumstances, access to information of the thesis or research project needs to be embargoed for a limited time. This is possible within the University system, however the supervisors, examiners, CDU staff with access to Grade Centre of the Learnline unit (usually the unit coordinator, Research Skills Workshop lecturers and the Associate Dean Learning Futures) will have access to this information. Furthermore, external members of accreditation panels must be given access to the final thesis or research report of all students (all information provided to accreditation panels is bound by confidentiality agreements). The maximum time to embargo a thesis or research report is 24 months.

If your work of this thesis or research report is embargoed, you must specify the arrangements in this section.

Appendix A: Title of Appendix A

Use appendices if you would like to add additional information to your research plan.

References

List here your references of your Research Plan.


[1] Title cannot be longer than 80 characters and spaces, otherwise the title will not fit on the spine of a hardcopy of the thesis or research report, remove this footnote

[2] Refer to the Topics spreadsheet on Engineering Central or IT Central – Engineering and IT Thesis, remove this footnote

[3] Include your student number here, e.g. s123456, remove this footnote

[4] Delete as necessary, remove this footnote

[5] Refer to the Course_Discipline_Supervisor_ID spreadsheet on Engineering Central or IT Central – Engineering and IT Thesis , remove this footnote

[6] Refer to the Course_Discipline_Supervisor_ID spreadsheet on Engineering Central or IT Central – Engineering and IT Thesis, remove this footnote

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