Thesis

Structure

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has the following structure for Thesis:

 

Practice Thesis

The Practice thesis aims to deliver high quality, hands-on experience for students who would like to apply their engineering knowledge to solve real-life engineering problems. Most students will undertake this thesis option and enrol in (undergraduate) MMAN4010 and MMAN4020 or (8338 postgraduate) MMAN9001 and MMAN9002. This is a 2 Term thesis model.

For undergraduate Practice Thesis the following rules will apply:

• Practice Thesis is compulsory to all Undergraduate students who do not wish to enrol in Research Thesis.

• MMAN4010 and MMAN4020 must be undertaken in two consecutive terms which are the final two terms of candidature.

• A student must not enrol in more than a standard full-time load involving MMAN4010 and MMAN4020

• A single thesis project is commenced in MMAN4010 and completed in MMAN4020.

• MMAN4010 and MMAN4020 are graded courses; MMAN4010 carries 25% of the total thesis mark, and MMAN4020 carries 75% of the total thesis mark (for Honours weighting purposes).

• If a student receives a failure (FL) in MMAN4010, a student cannot proceed with MMAN4020, and must reattempt MMAN4010.

• If the project is abandoned during MMAN4010 or MMAN4020, a completely new topic and project team must be chosen and the student must enrol again in both MMAN4010 and MMAN4020.

 

Research Thesis

Research thesis is for students who would like to conduct an individual research project with a focus on contributing to a particular research field of interest to their thesis supervisor. Students who choose this thesis option will need to locate and come to an agreement with a supervisor, and then enrol in MMAN4951, MMAN4952 and MMAN4953 (for undergraduates) or MMAN9451, MMAN9452, MMAN9453 (for postgraduates - required for 8621 postgraduates). This is a 3 Term thesis model, in most cases.

Please note that students working in industry and completing a research project with their company as a thesis project must enrol in MMAN4951 or MMAN9451. Students will be required to have a supervisor from the company (co-supervisor) and a supervisor from MME (primary) prior to applying for enrolment.

For undergraduate Research Thesis the following rules will apply:

• Research thesis is optional to all Undergraduate students.

• Student must seek a primary supervisor from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW.

• MMAN4951, MMAN4952 and MMAN4953 must be undertaken in three consecutive terms which are the final three terms of candidature.

• A student must not enrol in more than a standard full-time load involving MMAN4951, MMAN4952 and MMAN4953.

• A single thesis project is commenced in MMAN4951, proceed to MMAN4952, and completed in MMAN4953.

• MMAN4951, MMAN4952, MMAN4953 are graded courses. MMAN4951 carries 15% of the total thesis mark, MMAN4952 carries 10% of the total thesis mark, MMAN4953 carries 75% of the total thesis mark (for Honours weighting purposes).

• If a student receives a failure (FL) in MMAN4951, MMAN4952, or MMAN4953 a student cannot proceed to the next Research Thesis course and must reattempt MMAN4951, or discontinue Research Thesis.

• If the project is abandoned during MMAN4951, MMAN4952 and MMAN4953, a completely new topic must be chosen, and the student must enrol again in MMAN4951 or discontinue with Research Thesis.

Please note that all courses occur in every term. 

More Information

We recommend checking out the School Thesis Portal for more information.

To-do list

If you are planning to begin your Thesis, the following are things you need to do now and in the next few weeks.

  • Self-enrol into the School Thesis Portal on Moodle via the link:https://moodle.telt.unsw.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1649
  • The enrolment key for students is engmecht (all lower case, no space)
  • Read through the information carefully and note down all necessary actions that need to be taken for enrolling in Thesis. Students wishing to undertake Research Thesis can find the application link in the Thesis Portal.
  • Enrol in the appropriate Thesis/Project course when enrolment opens. 

Please Note: Self-enrolling into this Thesis Portal DOES NOT mean that you are enrolled in a Thesis course (i.e. MMAN4010, MMAN9451, MMAN9001, MMAN4951). You must enrol into the correct thesis course via myUNSW.

If you have any issues enrolling to the Thesis Portal, email Ron Chan via r.chan@unsw.edu.au for assistance. If you have any questions about any of the above, post them in the Thesis Portal.