Ways to Control Erosion at Construction Sites
Your research proposal can be presented in headings or sections, e.g.
Some explanations of the assessment criteria:
The progress statement refers to a review of your project implementation from the beginning of this subject to its current status. How many milestones have you achieved? What do those achievements mean to you? (e.g. Did the actual working-hours exceed the planed input? If so, what were the reason?) Did your project go smoothly? What were the difficulties? Did you overcome them? What is your estimated time of completion? With your current productivity, will you achieve that goal?
Write something about these questions in your progress statement. It demonstrate your project management skills.
In Task 1, you may have started with a general idea or a broad topic. In this task, your research question needs to be focused. You now know what the data is and how to analyse it with specific tools. Use the feedback that you get from your supervisor to refine your problem definition and the methodology. If you read some more literature, you can add them as appropriate into your writing.
Use the feedback from the teaching staff on your project management plan to improve your project management plan.
Turnitin submission of Task 3 consists of the following:
A Generic Guidance for Research Methodology Writing (Scientific and Social Research)
In general, methodology refers to definitions of academic questions, ways of answering those questions with academic rigour, and reasons why you think those answers can be valid.
We engineers normally carry out “empirical research”, that is to say, we try to propose solutions with “empirical evidence”. Such empirical evidence is consider as “data”. It might be easier for students who are doing scientific and social research projects (refer to slides used in workshop2) to find the relevance of the notion of “data” to your project. For students who are doing engineering design projects, please refer the notion of “data” to design parameters – critical parameters that you consider in your design.
There are 4 components required in your methodology chapter:
Research Methodology Chapter Writing Advice for Students doing Engineering Design
If you are doing an engineering design project for your capstone, e.g. creating a prototype or making modifications to an existing technical artefact/system, you may find the concept of “data” and its analysis not quite fit into your research paradigm.
In this case, we recommend you to present your engineering design process in this chapter. The design process refers to the intellectual “work-out” process demonstrating how you construct/build a technical artefact or system to achieve certain functional requirements. In plain words, how you transform your concepts into physical structures.
Previously in your study as well as in this subject, we recommend you to adopt a systematic approach of engineering design. This means that, in most cases, you need to follow three major phases of your design namely the conceptual design, basic/embodiment design and detailed design. For detailed explanation, please refer to the suggested reading provided in the learning materials.
Thus, this chapter can be structured with the following components:
Conceptual design in which you define the major functional requirement of the system. For example, a 1000Mwe class Nuclear Power Plant.
Basic/Embodiment design in which you clarify a breakdown of the major functional requirement into sub-functions. You define sub-systems in this section. For example, a 1000 Mwe class Nuclear Power Plant consists of a nuclear island and a conventional island – the turbine generator. You can run further breakdowns if you regard the nuclear island as an independent system.
Detailed design in which you focus on the issuance of engineering documents leading to the manufacturing of one piece of equipment. For example the reactor vessel – mechanical design. Detailed design is manufacturing oriented. Please list a few manufacturing problems and possible solutions that you can foresee in this section.
If you are doing a design for a system your Basic design is essential. If you are doing a design for the manufacturing of an artefact, logically the detailed design is appreciated.
A possible structure of writing up your methodology chapter(s) is proposed as such:
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