Bachelor's project for Bachelor of Engineering

Before the project

Formation of the project group

A Bachelor’s Project group normally consists of 2 to 3 students. It is important that professional interest, level of ambitions and attitudes towards the project match within the group.

Determination of subject

The subject for the Bachelor’s Project is determined in accordance with the sections Learning Objectives.

 It is the responsibility of the student(s) to acquire and determine the subject for the project. Professors at the department may assist in this process.

Description of subject

A form with a description of the subject should be filled in and handed in to the process supervisor

The filled in form should be handed in to the Program Responsible within an appointed time. (Please refer to the time schedule).

In relation to the subject description, the type of project should be indicated.

 The following types of projects are applicable:

  • Design project
  • Laboratory project – investigation or test in laboratory
  • Theoretical project
  • Planning project – typically planning in relation to execution of a project

Expenses

Expenses related to the Bachelor’s Project may be covered by the department, if justified in relation to the learning objectives. This may for instance apply to transportation costs related to measuring programs, and expenses related to laboratory investigations.

Expenses to participation in meetings and supplementary courses will normally not be covered.

Planned expenses to be covered should be listed in the subject description. In the formulation of Assignment (see below) expenses and workshop requirements should be detailed and certified by the supervisor. If met, the expenses will be covered when substantiated by receipt.

Only expenses mentioned (and approved) in the subject description will be covered.

For company or research related projects expenses are treated according to the specific project.

During the project

Formulation of Assignment

As part of the preparation students attend courses, lessons and exercises in scientific research, methodology and documentation.

A formulation of the assignment, with specific description of content, should be carried out and approved. This may be included in or carried out in a separate course.   

For details of above mentioned activities please refer to program specific information.

 This formulation of assignment should comprise:

  • Objectives
  • Description of project basis and possible deviations from the same, with references
  • Description of main subject areas and sub areas
  • A specification of the sub-objectives (see ”Course Description”) that should be applied as a basis for evaluation
  • A time schedule for the group’s work, with specification of time of completion of parts that may be critical for a subsequent activity
  • Specification of group members’ contribution according to program specific requirements
  • Conditions, limitations
  • Methods to be applied
  • Description of envisaged project material such as a preliminary list of content and list of drawings and products.

It should be emphasized, that the formulation of assignment defines the complexity of the project, and that a fully met assignment does not guarantee a top mark.


Supervision

On the basis of approved formulation of assignment, the department appoints a supervisor for each project.

The supervisor has the primary day-to-day contact to the group, and is expected to assist in contacts to the industry. The supervisor may keep a case record of worked performance and possible problems encountered. The supervisor acts as consultant and inspirer - not as a ”whip”, and not as a controller. 

The extent of the supervision corresponds on average to one hour per project group per week during the project period.

The formulation of assignment must be signed by all members of the group. It is considered a contract between the group and the University. In case a change of the assignment is wanted, the supervisor should be consulted. The formulation should be included as part of the Bachelor’s Project report.

Mid-term discussion

In the middle of the project period, a formal mid-term discussion with the supervisor with participation of the group members and is arranged. At the meeting the group presents all material so far elaborated.

 At the mid-term meeting, the progress is discussed and the formulation of assignment is revised with special attention to time schedule and issues for the project.

If necessary, revisions of the formulation may be agreed upon. In such cases, the students work out a supplement to the formulation, which clearly states the modifications.

The supplement is signed by each member of the group immediately after the mid-term discussion, and - with the approval of the supervisor - it is to be considered an alteration of the contract. The supplement should be included in the Bachelor’s Project report.

Time schedule

Project period

Autumn

Spring

Handing in Description of Subject to process supervisor

End of April/mid May

End of October

Approval of subject by process supervisor

Mid/late-May

Mid-November/mid- December

Handing in the formulation of assignment to process supervisor

Before end of 6th semester (see course calendar approx. mid June/ mid-December)

Processing of possible draft for non-disclosure agreement with external partner/ contributor

As above

Mid-term discussion

Approx. middle of the credits allocated

Handing in Bachelor’s Project

See information given at start of project on Brichtspace

Examination

Time schedule will be published at latest one week in advance of examination

 

Terms of agreement

Read about terms of agreement for Bachelor of Engineering students at the four engineering department's web sites:

Contact

Please send any questions from your AU-mail to Studieservice.Nat-Tech@au.dk