University of Technology Sydney

41030 Engineering Capstone

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UTS: Engineering: Professional Practice and Leadership
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 41029 Engineering Research Preparation
Anti-requisite(s): 43020 Capstone AND 48001 Project BEngSc AND 48006 Capstone Project AND 48012 Capstone Project AND 48016 Capstone Project Part A AND 48026 Capstone Project Part B


This subject is the second phase of students' capstone project and involves the implementation and write-up of their final project. Students can refer to 41029 Engineering Research Preparation as a reminder of what needs to be completed prior to the commencement of this second phase of work.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Independently or as a part of the team identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies.
2. Ensure that all aspects of the project are soundly based on fundamental principles.
3. Critically review and apply relevant standards and codes of practice underpinning the discipline.
4. Collect knowledge using research in order to identify and investigate complex problems.
5. Design and conduct appropriate experiments and other tests, analyse and interpret result data and formulate reliable conclusions.
6. Identify constraints uncertainties and risks of the system.
7. Conceptualize alternative approaches and evaluate potential outcomes against appropriate criteria
8. Competently address problems involving uncertainty and ambiguity.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs and cultural perspectives, establish priorities and goals, and identify constraints, uncertainties and risks (social, ethical, cultural, legislative, environmental, economics etc.) to define the system requirements. (B.1)
  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to evaluate, implement and operate systems. (D.1)
  • Collaborative and Communicative: FEIT graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts in the workplace. (E.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their performance to improve themselves, their teams, and the broader community and society. (F.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

This subject contributes to the development of the following Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies:

  • 1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • 2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • 2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
  • 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
  • 3.4. Professional use and management of information.

Teaching and learning strategies

In collaboration with an academic advisor, students will implement their approaches to the Capstone Project. Students are expected to develop their learning approaches and deliverables autonomously with with guidance of their academic advisor. Regular meeting times should be scheduled throughout the duration of the project.


Assessment task 1: Final Report


To document, to academic standard, a professional engineering project to demonstrate competencies expected of a professional engineer.


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1, D.1, E.1 and F.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 100%

6000-10000 words excluding cover page, references and appendices

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.