ENG399 Engineering Cornerstone Thesis (24)

Engineering cornerstone thesis permits cadet engineers to enhance their skills to carry out a systematic literature review on a specific real engineering problem identified in their second work placement and effectively use it to develop and implement a solution for the problem. Cadet engineers will present the findings as a rigorous piece of scientific writing in the form of a thesis, incorporating the sections of introduction, the problem definition, the literature review, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, recommendations, references and appendixes. Whilst ENG399 takes place in the context of a paid workplacement, it does not meet the CSU definition of WPL.  During their workplacement the engineering cornerstone thesis will be supervised by an academic engineer and co-supervised by an  industrial engineer who are expert in the discipline area of the thesis. Cadet engineers must justify and  get prior approval for the topic for their thesis and they will present their findings formally to CSU Engineering and their peers in an oral conference format, where they may anticipate a careful examination of their work and be expected to display a thorough knowledge of their thesis.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENG399. 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



Three sessions


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences


ENG280 and ENG292

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Apply their knowledge of research methodology to investigate the recent developments of an issue identified in the field of civil engineering;
  • Communicate and interact professionally with academic and industrial supervisors, civil engineers and other professionals in applied engineering setting;
  • Extract knowledge for reliable sources such as scholarly papers and reports and pose appropriate questions related to design, construction, maintenance and managerial aspects of the identified civil engieering issue;
  • Summarize the theory and knowledge development of a circumscribed area;
  • Demonstrate competence in planning and organizing a research project, analyzing and applying the data, and managing the project to completion within a given time frame, and;
  • Develop communication and public speaking skills to present the research in academic, industrial and public forum and defend it.


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

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school for this subject runs concurrently with that of ENG380.  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

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.