School of Engineering and IT

School of Engineering and Information Technology

Dean's Newsletter

March 2018

Dean - Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski

It has been a busy start to semester and it is wonderful to see the campus come to life with student activity. The School academic and professional staff are also ensuring students are getting the best possible start to their academic year. It is heartening to see so much dedication and commitment.

Professor Wendell Ela, from the School, recently met with Cape Town provincial government representatives on Murdoch campus, to offer his experience and knowledge on water shortage solutions. The delegation from South Africa also met with Murdoch Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, Professor David Morrison, other academic and PhD students from the School. Ongoing communication and knowledge sharing between Murdoch University Researchers and the Cape Town provincial government, could hopefully mean a sustainable solution to the current water crisis in Cape Town and lead the way to better manage other issues of water scarcity around the world. For the full Murdoch story go to, Murdoch-University-experts-advise-cape-town-government-on-water-crisis.

We are excited to confirm commencement of construction of the new start-of-the-art gaming and networking facility. The $2.6 million addition will provide leading edge teaching and research facilities to students, greatly enhancing their learning experience. Completion of the new facility is expected to be in Semester Two of this year. See School of Engineering and IT to undergo digital transformation for more details.

We are excited to confirm commencement of construction of the new state-of-the-art gaming and networking facility. The $2.6 million addition will provide leading edge teaching and research facilities to students, greatly enhancing their learning experience. Completion of the new facility is expected to be in Semester Two of this year. See School of Engineering and IT to undergo digital transformation for more details.

I would like to extend sincere congratulations to Dr Gerd Schroeder-Turk, who has been elected as the Academic staff member on Senate for a three-year term, commencing 12th of March 2018. The role of a Senate member is a significant individual undertaking and I am certain that Gerd’s participation will greatly benefit the Senate in governing the University and enabling it to achieve its strategic goals.

Please see the Newsletter for further information and stories from around the School and the University.

Remember, whether you are a student, an academic, administrative or technical staff member, if you have a story to share please send it to the SEIT email - SEIT@murdoch.edu.au. Please mention the article title in the subject line of the email.

If you are a student or staff reading this Newsletter, please let your friends and family know about Scholarships for Honours, Postgraduate degrees, details are included in the Newsletter.

Best wishes,

Bodzio Dlugogorski

CONTENT

Are Your Eligible for a 'Murdoch Frist Scholarship'?
Help Lead the Way to Clean Energy Storage
Apply for Honours and Post Graduate Courses
Learning and Teaching Spotlight - Lecture Recording with Lightboard
Research Devlopment Program 2018
Spectroscopic Developments Question the Existence of Aqueous Sulfide Ions
School Of Engineering and IT Continues Strong Links to IEEE

OUR STUDENTS

YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A 'MURDOCH FIRST SCHOLARSHIP'?

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HELP LEAD THE WAY TO CLEAN ENERGY STORAGE

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APPLY FOR HONOURS AND POST GRADUATE COURSES

If you or someone you know is interested in continuing postgraduate study, see the opportunities available below:

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To find out more go to http://Murdoch.edu.au/Honours-courses

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To find out more go to http://postgraduate.murdoch.edu.au/

OUR STAFF

LEARNING AND TEACHING SPOTLIGHT

Lecture Recordings with Lightboard

Many of you will be aware of the blended learning approach employed in CHE140/SCI18 Fundamentals of Chemistry since 2015. Lectures are pre-recorded and made available to students through the LMS. The initial suite of recordings were prepared using the same technology that is used to record classroom lectures, with a combination of PowerPoint presentations and a document camera to show molecular models and examples worked by hand with pen and paper.

Student feedback on this approach, especially from our OUA students, was that it was rather impersonal. Students only ever get to hear our voices, or see our hands in the lecture recordings. The initial lecture recordings were also long, up to one-hour duration. The majority of students simply do not engage with traditional length lecture recordings.

In 2018, we are working hard to prepare a new set of lecture recordings. Taking into consideration the above factors, no lecture recording will be longer than 15 minutes, with the average length being 5 minutes. We hope that students will be more inclined to engage with lecture ‘bites’ than full length recordings.

We have also made use of professional video production capability available on campus. Using a lightboard for some of our recordings has made it relatively easy to demonstrate concepts and do worked examples, as well as enabling us to address the issue of showing human faces to go with the voices and hands. Here are a couple of stills from lectures prepared by Leonie Hughes and Kate Rowen using the lightboard.

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Dr Leonie Hughes (left) and Dr Kate Rowen (right), demonstrate on the lightboard


If you want to know more about our experience using the lightboard, Leonie and Kate will be happy to have a chat to you about it. If you are interested in using the lightboard for your lecture recordings, the following team from CUTL can assist.

Jeffory Asselin, Media Producer, J.Asselin@murdoch.edu.au

Paul Dawson, Media Production Support Officer, p.dawson@murdoch.edu.au

The advantage of accessing the lightboard facility through CUTL is that the media production team support the technical aspects of recording and editing, leaving you to focus on the content of your lectures. However, you have to book time in the studio well in advance to ensure the space and support is available.

Our resourceful colleagues in IT have overcome this disadvantage by setting up a studio in the Science and Computing building at a fraction of the central studio set up cost. In addition to a lightboard, the facility also has a green screen. Terry Koziniec and others in IT were well ahead of the curve, making use of their own facility a long time before the central one actually became available. The IT discipline have been proactive in using these technologies for lecture recording mainly in supporting their TNE offerings. Here is Danny Toohey utilising the green screen for a lecture recording.

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Danny Toohey utilising the green screen for a lecture recording

You are welcome to contact Danny D.Toohey@murdoch.edu.au for further information or if you are interested in accessing this equipment.

Article provided by Dr Kate Rowen, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching

RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2018

The Office of Research and Innovation is hosting a series of workshops as part of the Researcher Development Program to assist individuals in developing a successful research career.

The series will particularly benefit early and mid-career researchers in developing a research focus, and those seeking opportunities for strategic career planning and skill development, as well as assisting those who simply want to update their knowledge base.

The following workshops will be running in April 2018. Strategic Planning for Career Effectiveness - 10th and 12th April 2018

  • Selling Your Accomplishments - 11th and 13th April 2018
  • Research Funding Opportunities - 26th April 2018
  • ARC Linkage Projects - 10th April 2018 – register here

For other Office of Research and Innovation workshops and initiatives, go to: http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Research-and-Innovation/Events/

The Office of Research and Innovation will also be running the following workshops and initiatives throughout 2018 including:

  • Research Leaders Workshop
  • Research grant application reviewing sessions for Murdoch staff
  • Specific funders and their schemes, including the ARC and NHMRC (Linkage, Discovery, DECRA, Ideas, Fellowships, etc.)
  • 1:1 sessions for Murdoch staff with Professor Alan Johnson to discuss career strategy and planning, funding opportunities, and other research career related issues
  • Commercialisation and Intellectual Property delivered via Schools
  • Entry level entrepreneurial training program
  • Animal Ethics, Human Ethics and Research Integrity and Risk Assessment for Murdoch Processes through the GREAT program
  • Safety in Research and Teaching Induction and Lab Safety Workshop
  • Supporting the Murdoch Annual Research Symposium

For any queries, or if you would like to book a grant review with the R & I team, contact Jane Crier on (+618) 9360 2970 or email j.crier@murdoch.edu.au.

FOR EVERYONE

SPECTROSCOPIC DEVELOPMENTS QUESTION THE EXISTENCE OF AQUEOUS SULPHIDE IONS

A project run by the School’s Chemistry Team, investigating the use of sulphide solutions to reduce mercury emissions from alumina refineries, has added to the debate of whether sulphide actually exists. Chemistry World recently featured these observations, outlining that project calculations used existing equilibrium constants but produced annual mercury emission predictions that varied from milligrams to kilograms. The team proposed that S2- may not be present in solution, because the sulphide ion is artificial. For more on this go to: Chemistry World news - call-to-erase-aqueous-sulfide-ions-from-chemistry

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND IT CONTINUES STRONG LINKS TO IEEE

Since his retirement in 2015, Professor Emeritus Lance C.C. Fung has involved actively as a volunteer in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

IEEE is the world’s largest professional organisation with 425,000 members in over 190 countries, and has sponsored over 1,800 conferences in 2017 and has a repository of over four million academic and technical articles in electrical engineering, electronics, communication, computer and related disciplines. Over 170 top-cited periodicals are currently under the IEEE banner.

Members of IEEE reside in ten geographical regions and the Asia Pacific Region (R10) has over 125,000 members in 58 sections, or 23 countries. Professor Fung is currently the Chair of the IEEE Conference Quality Committee, IEEE Technical Program Integrity Committee and the R10 Coordinator for Conference Quality and Management. He has also been appointed as the Chair-Elect of the IEEE New Initiatives Committee (NIC) and he will again Chair the committee in 2019. NIC supports multi-year projects such as Smart-grid, Smart-city, Big Data, IoT, CyberSecurity and Brian Initiatives, as well as seed grants of under US$40,000.

In his role on the IEEE committees and on behalf of Murdoch University, Professor Fung has presented at the Yangon Technological University, Myanmar on 12th January 2018. He also attended and presented at the IEEE Region 10 meeting at Langkawi, Malaysia during 3rd to 4th March 2018 and during April, he will attend three conferences in India and will visit IEEE Sections at Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Utter Pradesh. Dr Fung welcomes and encourages involvement with IEEE and is available to discuss any opportunities.