ENG599 Engineering Capstone Thesis (32)

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


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENG599. 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 the theory underpinning the engineering discipline;
  • Critique and use specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline and demonstrate the capacity to independently generate new knowledge in the context of existing literature and new developments in engineering;
  • Apply knowledge of systems thinking methodologies and engagement as a platform for creative, sustainable and socially responsible research and engineering practices;
  • Reflectively apply communication and technical research skills to justify, critique and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • Identify and act on areas for improvement in civil engineering, initiate to develop innovative solutions and evaluate and report their potentials; and
  • Use and manage information in a professional and ethical manner, and discern, analyse and appraise 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 an industrial supervisor from the final 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.
  • All the teaching materials are delivered through the thesis branch of CSU Engineering topic tree and the topics from ENG471 will provide prerequisite knowledge for the subject: from the thesis branch of the civil engineering topic tree.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENG599 in Session 2 2020. 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_ report
Proposal defense
Poster presentation

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 workand 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: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.