Case Competition

Information for the 2017 competition will be published later in the year.

Want to be involved in the MSE Case Competition?

Are you looking for a chance to expand your engineering skills beyond the classroom?

Would you like to develop your skills in interdisciplinary teamwork?

Do you enjoy open-ended problem solving?

The MSE Case competition may be for you!

The MSE Case Competition will only be open to six teams. Each team must contain either 4 or 5 students who are enrolled in either the Masters of Engineering or Masters of Energy Systems. Each team must be multidisciplinary — that is, it must contain students from at least two disciplines of engineering (such as structural, geomatics, electrical, chemical, mechanical etc.).

If you don’t have a team, don’t worry. Where individuals or groups of less than four people apply to participate in the competition, the competition organisers will endeavour to allocate those applicants into teams of 4 or 5.

General rules and competition structure

General rules

1.1 All deadlines are strict and failure to adhere to these will result in team penalties.

1.2 All teams will comprise of 4 or 5 students who are enrolled in the Masters of Engineering, Masters of Energy Systems.

1.3 Each team must be multidisciplinary — that is, it must contain students from at least two disciplines of engineering (such as structural, geomatics, electrical, chemical, mechanical etc.).

1.4 All teams must select a team name by which they will be known throughout the competition. The team name should not identify any of the individual team members.

1.5 The composition of a team must remain unchanged throughout the competition. In extenuating circumstances, requests to change the composition can be put in writing.

1.5.1 The teams ongoing participation in the completion may require the team to recruit new team members to replace any members who have withdrawn.

1.6 Should a team wish or need to withdraw from the competition by 6 September 2016.

1.7 All cases in the competition will be multi-disciplinary and may cover topics.

1.8 Teams are permitted to use computers (including laptops and smart phones) and access the internet during the preparation time.

1.8.1 In all cases in the competition, teams must prepare the case independently. Teams are not permitted to discuss the case with, or obtain help from, anyone outside their registered team until the conclusion of the case competition, with the exception of the Competition Organising Committee.

1.9 Attendance to the briefing session is compulsory for all team members that have been selected to participate in the case. Failure for any member to attend will result in a team penalty (unless exceptional circumstances apply, in which case, requests must be sent to the Competition Organising Committee michelle.bellino@unimelb.edu.au.

1.10 Photographs will be taken on the Case Day. Team members should inform the Competition Organising Committee if they do not wish to be featured in any resulting promotional material.

Competition Structure

2.1 Where individuals or groups of less than four people apply to participate in the competition, the competition organisers will endeavour to allocate those applicants into teams of 4 or 5.

2.1.1 In the event where the competition organisers are unable to allocate any applicants to a team, those applicants will be responsible for recruiting additional team members in order to be eligible to participate, and will be provided with at least 24 hours to do so.

2.1.2 The outcome of the team member allocation process (where students have not applied as a team of 4 or 5) will be confirmed by email on or before 5pm on 9 September 2016.

2.2 All applicants will be notified via email by 9 September 2016 to advise if they have been selected to participate on the case day. The Case Competition Organising Committee reserves the right to select a maximum of six teams to participate.

2.3 Team members will be required to commit and be available from 1:00–8:00pm Tuesday 27 September to participate in the final case presentation.

Case Day (Tuesday 27 September)

3.1 Teams will be judged, according to set criteria, by a panel comprising of Industry and academics.

3.2 Each team will be emailed at 9am the case and instructions with a link to a DropBox with resources.

3.2.1 All teams will be required to attend a briefing session at 1pm on the Case Competition day.

3.2.2 All teams will be required to submit their presentation slides to the Competition Organising Committee.

3.3 Presentations will consist of the following;.

Each team will be allowed 20 minutes as follows:

  • 10 minutes — Presentation.
    Any of this allocated time that is not utilised by the team for presentation may be treated as additional question and answer time
  • 10 minutes — Question and answer session.
    Only questions from the judges are permitted during this time. No questions from the general audience will be permitted.

3.4 A Room Chair and a Timekeeper will be assigned. Timelines will be strictly adhered to. There will be a signal to team indicating ‘5 minutes remaining’ and ‘1 minute remaining’ during both presentation and the question and answer time. At 10minutes the Timekeeper will stop the presentation, with no exceptions.

At the conclusion of the full 20 minutes, the Timekeeper will stop the question and answer session, with no exceptions.

3.5 When a team has completed their presentation, the team members are expected to remain in the room to watch the remaining teams.

3.6 At the conclusion of the presentations the judging panel will confer and an announcement of the winning team will follow.