ENG599 Engineering Capstone Thesis (32)

The student engineer will conduct research on a current problem/issue relevant to industry and report results in a dissertation. Students must demonstrate advanced theoretical, professional and methodological knowledge and the work must demonstrate an original contribution to professional practice, policy or knowledge.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences


ENG399 and ENG471 and ENG480 and ENG492

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • plan and execute original research in accordance with established research methodologies based upon principles of established science;
  • demonstrate the ongoing capacity to independently generate new knowledge in the context of existing literature;
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
  • demonstrate the ability to use project management techniques to ensure timely delivery of an extended engineering project.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • individual research project appropriate to prerequisite studies completed by the student engineer and limited to the engineering discipline.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 365 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The thesis work will be completed during students work placement, where they are working in industry as Cadet Engineers. The work placement occurs over a period of approximately a year, and includes paid work, workplace learning, as well as study time for other subjects.  It is anticipated that students will spend an average of two hours per day on thesis activities while on placement.

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

Concurrent with ENG592

The residential school for this subject runs concurrently with that of ENG592.  Core events include: the conduct of the in-person elements of the dissemination of the thesis; participation in whole-of-course exhibitions of portfolio / thesis work.

Special Resources

This subject will be completed while the student is on placement in industry.  Industry placements may require travel and/or relocation depending upon the nature and location of the placement.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.