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Unit information: Individual Research Project 4 in 2017/18

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Unit name Individual Research Project 4
Unit code EENGM8889
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Hilton
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Projects normally involve an extended investigation into the application of a novel component or technique, and they offer the opportunity for an in-depth study of a specialised subject. Each project is carried out under the supervision of a member of staff. Importance is given to the planning of the work programme, the setting and achievement of objectives, the costing of designs where appropriate, and the presentation of the results of the work.

The precise aim of any particular project will vary between individual students, however, the work to be performed will, in general, not be repeating known work or techniques, other than where a new application is being explored. In this way the student will be encountering new challenges and is encouraged to seek and propose his or her own solutions to these challenges and hence demonstrate individual ability. The project will involve the design of hardware or software, or a mix of both. Documentation of the work involves both the day-to-day recording of information in a laboratory notebook, together with a thesis at the end of the project.

This level-M project includes a more substantial research element than the level-H version.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain essential facts, concepts, theories and principles relating to an engineering problem or research question;
  2. Outline developing technologies in the area, and also the wider multidisciplinary engineering context;
  3. Apply appropriate mathematical and engineering tools to the analysis of the problem/question;
  4. Demonstrate research skills in assessing possible solutions and the formulation of suitable designs;
  5. Demonstrate technical competence in the practical design of hardware and/or software, and in the use of measurement equipment and analysis tools.
  6. Assess the limitations of the solution, including commercial and industrial constraints;
  7. Apply independent learning and the skills to tackle unfamiliar challenges individually;
  8. Undertake project planning and monitoring, and updating plans to reflect changing operating environment.;
  9. Record procedures and outcomes accurately in a laboratory notebook;
  10. Demonstrate report structuring, writing and presentation skills by means of the interim assessment, poster presentation and project report;
  11. Field/respond to challenging technical questions as part of the poster presentation.

Teaching Information

  • Self-learning and individual research/development
  • Individual and group instruction/training in use of equipment and software
  • One-to-one tuition

Assessment Information

  • Interim Assessment - written report and talk, 8% (ILOs 1-4, 8) Poster presentation - poster design and questioning, 20% (ILOs 1-11) Performance assessment by supervisor - Motivation, project management; design and practical implementation, 12% (ILOs 1-10) Thesis of approximately 8,000 - 10,000 words, marked by two people: Supervisor - content & communication, 30% Assessor - content & communication, 30% (ILOs 1-10)

Reading and References

Project-dependent - supplied by academic supervisor