Individual Research Project

Module summary

Module code: ELEE1166
Level: 7
Credits: 60
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Yehdego Habtay

Specification

Aims


Independent project work is an essential part of Masters level study. The work undertaken within this course will be an individual piece of work. The subject area of the project will be consistent with the philosophy and aims of the chosen individual programme. In all cases the student will be expected to demonstrate significant elements of independent thinking consistent with the expected research content of a Masters level project. The student should also demonstrate the ability to report and present the terms and concepts underpinning the work and results.

Students may choose from a list of project titles offered, with the titles for these projects agreed by the Programme Team, alternatively they may suggest their own projects, or submit suggestions from their employers, in either case the project title and intentions will be scrutinised by the Programme Team. Students submitting their own or their employer's suggestions must provide a description of the subject area, the objectives of the project and a list of appropriate references to the Course Co-ordinator, for approval, by an announced deadline. A member of staff will be appointed to supervise each project (in addition to any external supervision that may be provided). Each project will also have a second member of staff assigned, with relevant technical expertise, to act as a second marker.


This course is intended to allow the student to apply the methodologies and techniques learned in the Research Methodology course. Typically, it will allow students to demonstrate their ability in interpretation of the project's aims and goals; the undertaking of a literature survey; the completion of a piece of independent project work; and the detailed reporting of such work, both in writing and orally at a significant academic level.

If work is to be undertaken at a site other than the University, written authorisation for use of equipment and supervisory staff must be provided to the Course Leader.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
1 Undertake a comprehensive literature survey of published research activity relevant to their specific project with a subsequent themed analysis.

2 Undertake a substantial and significant programme of experimental activity leading to some original product, system or process related to the concepts identified in the literature survey.

3 Disseminate the findings of the project activity through all relevant media such as oral presentations, written reports and academic papers.



Indicative content

It is expected that for full-time students, the initial elements will be completed alongside taught courses before the summer full-time project practical activity. Timescale for part-time students will be negotiable on an individual basis.

The elements of the project course may be summarised as follows:

• literature and technology survey of relevant areas and subsequent research themed analysis;
• formulation of further research which could usefully be undertaken by the student within the agreed technical area;
• development of a detailed plan to undertake such research, including time plan, budget and deliverables;
• the completion of a significant section of research work of a theoretical and practical nature;
• development of conclusions of such work in the context of the state of technology in the relevant technical field;
• formal presentation of the conclusion of the work to a technical audience;
• Presentation of the dissertation in the form of an academic paper, typically 8 pages long in the IEEE format.
• Students undertaking this course will be expected to produce a substantial piece of research-based project work, independently. All students will undertake project specific reading, as directed by the supervisor and will be expected to meet with the supervisor on a weekly basis or as appropriate. Development of critical appraisal skills will be strongly encouraged by all supervisors.



Teaching and learning activity

Students undertaking this course will be expected to produce independently a substantial piece of research-based project work. All students will undertake project specific reading, as directed by the supervisor and will be expected to meet with the supervisor on a weekly basis or as appropriate. Development of critical appraisal skills will be strongly encouraged by all supervisors.

At the completion of the project activity it is expected that the student will have produced an original product, system, process or other significant contribution that has advanced human understanding and knowledge.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Reports/Presentation.
Grading Mode Numeric
Weighting % 45%
Pass Mark
Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Literature Survey Report. Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,3, Word Length 20 pages, Weighting 10% Outline Details: Supervisor and Second marker.
Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Progress Report.Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2,3,Word Length 50 pages maximum, Weighting 10%Outline Details: Supervisor and Second marker.
Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Supervisors Mark. Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,23, Weighting 15% Outline Details: Supervisor.
Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Formal Presentation. Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:3,Word Length10 minutes presentation followed by questions, Weighting 10% Outline Details: -Supervisor and Second marker.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning Weekly meeting with Supervisor and Maintenance of a project logbook

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Progress:Research Paper.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 3.
Weighting % 55%
Pass Mark 50%
Word Length 8 pages (IEEE format)
Outline Details: Supervisor and Second Marker.

Are students required to pass all components in order to pass the course? Students must pass the Research Paper with a
minimum mark of 50% and the Course with an overall mark of 50%.