ENG399 Engineering Cornerstone Thesis (24)

This subject 'Engineering Cornerstone Thesis' helps cadet engineers to enhance their civil engineering design skills by working in an engineering design team to solve a multidisciplinary, integrated, complex, civil engineering design project, identified in their intermediate work placement. Cadets must apply their theoretical and technical knowledge gained elsewhere in the curriculum and the workplace learning to the design. The outcomes should be delivered in both written (thesis) and oral (thesis defence) formats. Engineering cornerstone thesis will be jointly supervised by an academic engineer from CSU engineering and with a supervisor from their work placement, in addition to the subject coordinator.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
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:
  • Define a complex engineering problem accurately and comprehensively in a workplace context and creatively apply systematic approaches to pro-active conduct and management of engineering projects as part of a team;
  • Apply systems thinking and specialist engineering bodies of knowledge in sustainable and socially responsible engineering practice;
  • communicate the problem definition, design processes and outcomes clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences and project a creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, and pro-active disposition;
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of engineering design practices, reflective applications and contextual factors impacting on multi-disciplinary engineering challenges and creative application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes;
  • Formulate an appropriate method for investigating a complex civil engineering problem and correctly and innovatively apply established engineering methods and design processes to create a solution; and
  • Use and manage information in a professional and ethical manner. Analyse raw information and draw appropriate conclusions in context with due consideration of the knowledge, methods, and assumptions within the engineering discipline.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • An academic supervisor from CSU engineering and with a supervisor from the second work placement will be assigned with each cadet engineer for academic and technical supervision. They will guide the cadet engineer throughout preparation of the thesis; and
  • All the teaching materials are delivered through the thesis branch of CSU Engineering topic tree and the following topics from ENG471 will provide prerequisite knowledge for the subject: Literature review, Introduction, Searching the Literature, Structure for the literature review, Data management, Reference management (EndNote), Critical reading, Critical Writing.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENG399 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Thesis proposal
Literature review and design strategy
Technical design
Final presentation

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 and thesis defence.

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.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.