Engineering Research Practice

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: University of South Australia
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About this unit

Engineering Research Practice is an online unit provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia. It aims to outline the central concepts and practical issues underpinning engineering research.

By the end of the unit you will be familiar with the key elements in the design of research programs, and will understand the variety of potential research methods and their associated intentions. This will equip you with the skills to select the most suitable research method for a particular project.

In addition, you will plan the data collection and research method for your own small research project, which will be carried out under supervision. You will also develop the ability to write effectively for research degrees.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of South Australia
  • Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of South Australia

Areas of study

In the Engineering Research and Practice unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Course introduction
  • Finding a topic
  • Foundations for research
  • Research proposals
  • Methodology in general
  • Qualitative methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Ethnography
  • Case studies
  • Grounded theory
  • Action research
  • Historical research
  • Engineering design as research
  • Examples of engineering design as research
  • Other research methods common in engineering
  • Introduction to quantitative methods
  • Variables
  • Non-experimental research designs
  • Experimental research designs
  • Ethics in research
  • Literature review
  • Research proposal writing
  • Surveys
  • Interviews
  • Reliability and validity of research
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Inferential statistics
  • Course summary

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of South Australia
  • Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of South Australia

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Engineering Research Practice is an essential unit for those seeking to pursue a career in logistics and supply chain management, as it introduces you to the key elements of designing research programs. You will develop data collection and research design methods, learning to select the method appropriate for particular projects. You will also develop skills in analysing research, and will be required to write proposals and review literature, as well as carry out work with statistics.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Engineering Research Practice from the University of South Australia.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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