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42908 Engineering Project Preparation Assignment 3 – Assessment guideline
Attribute Indicative of a passing grade: Indicative of a Distinction grade (As for passing, plus):
1/ Executive Summary
Brief overview of project, main aim of project, potential findings and conclusions An overview of project present, aims discussed, potential findings and conclusions presented. Clear and concise, consistency present in summarising the project, aims, findings and conclusions between executive summary and the entire project proposal.
2/ Introduction
Presents general project area, relevance of project, specific investigation of project and a brief outline of proposal to follow Introduction and some relevant details of specific investigation described using appropriate language. Brief introduction of project present. Clearly articulates the need to undertake the research. Presents the critical details of project area with concise description of project.
3/ Literature Review
Critically reviews existing work, identifies relevant research areas and any opposing views. Links to the gap your project will fill Some existing work presented, the link to the research gap the project will fill is noted. Critically reviews existing work, identifies relevant research areas and any opposing views. Links to the gap the project will fill, all the reference material is consistent with the research gap addressed.
4/ Research Question/s, Aim & Sub-goals
Provides precise and measurable research question/s that the project aim will answer. States project aim and steps to meet aim. Presents tangible sub-goals Identifies a research question relevant to student’s area of study, aims are integrated. Shows understanding over the steps to meet aim and tangible sub-goals. Identifies a precise and measurable research question relevant to student’s area of study, aims are non-repetitive, seamlessly integrated, showing clearly articulated understanding over the steps to meet aim and tangible sub-goals.
5/ Theoretical Content
Clear theoretical basis for work e.g. hypothesis, theoretical approach/es. Shows impact of theory on project steps A theoretical basis for work e.g. hypothesis, theoretical approach/es is present. A link between theory and project steps is present. Identifies clear theoretical basis for work e.g. hypothesis, theoretical approach/es. Non-repetitive discussion seamlessly integrated where appropriate. Shows impact of theory on project steps.
6/ Experimental Set-up
Discussion of lab and/or field set-up and potential limitations Contains experimental lab and/or field set-up, link to project aims and sub-goals established. Some discussion present on potential limitations and problems in undertaking experiments. Identifies experimental lab and/or field set-up linked to project aims and sub-goals. Clear and concise discussion of potential limitations and problems in undertaking experiments.
and how the activities planned lead to producing evidence necessary
7/ Results, Outcome and Relevance
Explanation of data, variables and parameters and type of results to be investigated. Makes projection of outcome and shows relevance of outcome A discussion on data to be obtained is present. Some details over the variables and parameters to be encapsulated in data established, identifies how data will be analysed. Discusses outcomes and relevance. Clear explanation of data linked to lab and/or field set up. Identifies the variables and parameters and type of results to be investigated with suitable data analysis. Makes projection of outcome and shows relevance of outcome to project objectives.
8/ Project Planning and Gantt Chart
Transforms sub-goals into a schedule of work using a Gantt Chart showing: the three key review points, milestones and deliverables Contains a Gantt chart with milestones and deliverables aligned to project duration (12-16 weeks: 1 semester) with three key review points, milestones and deliverables. Contains a transformed list of sub-goals into a schedule of work using a Gantt Chart showing: three key review points, milestones and deliverables. The plan is well integrated and consistent with the remaining of the project proposal. Planning timelines and activity evaluation considered.
9/ Conclusions
Clear precise conclusions on proposed work. Makes supported statement on the longer-term impact of the work on the project area Clear precise conclusions on proposed work. A supported statement on the longer-term impact of the work on the project area Clear conclusion, long term impact. Consistency with remaining of document
Presentation; how it reads
10/ Referencing
No referencing errors (UTS Harvard Reference Style) List of references is broad: covers topic well, contains a mix of articles with current state of the art.
11/ Organisation
Logical organization, reasonable amount of information and flowing paragraphs Draws the reader in, easy to follow from start to end that remains focussed on addressing the assessment task.
Adequate to present to the reader pertinent and relevant points without leaving gaps or being too repetitive, succinct and to the point. Carefully considered content; thorough; very well- articulated; broad and rich in depth. Equal and consistent for each (addressing the task) component.
12/ Grammar
Grammar and spelling mostly used well, not distracting the reader Just a few errors, not distracting to the reader None

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