Semester 5 & 6 in Year 3 (60 credits)
The Research Assignment provides the student with the opportunity to undertake a research project which addresses a specific issue or problem in Engineering Management under the supervision of lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, elsewhere in the University (or the industry). This includes the formal structuring of the problem to be addressed and learning how to conduct a research project using scientific methodology which leads to practical conclusions and recommendations. Students are encouraged to select a topic which is also of importance for their employer, thereby adding further value to the employer, to publish their findings in a recognised journal and present these at a conference.
A student will typically select a topic and conduct the bulk of the structuring of the problem to be addressed in the semester preceding the research itself. During this time, the student will also be designated a supervisor who has an interest in the topic.