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Unit information: Communications CDT Individual Research Project in 2019/20

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Unit name Communications CDT Individual Research Project
Unit code EENGM0012
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Beach
Open unit status Not open

Satisfactory completion of the taught section of the course



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aim of the Individual Research Project is to provide a critical and in-depth literature review for the PhD phase (years 2-4), and where appropriate some initial results. The report should present the state-of-the-art in your project field; comparing and contrasting results and methodology used in the referenced technical papers. It should also contain recommendations and a plan for the full PhD project stage. Each project is carried out under the supervision of at least one member of staff. Importance is given to the planning of the work programme, the setting and achievement of objectives, the presentation of the results of the work and a work plan for the PhD phase.

The precise content of a project will vary between individual students and supervisors. However, the work to be performed will, in general, not be repeating known work or techniques, other than for comparing and contrasting different methods. 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 may involve the design of a piece of software (in some cases hardware) if this is agreed with the supervisors and is useful for the critical review.

Intended learning outcomes

Project Phase

The project contains a research or investigative element which allows you to demonstrate individual talent and intellectual ability. It attempts to prepare you for the PhD research phase and as such contains elements of project planning. The project report also provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate report structuring and writing skills.

Teaching details

Teaching takes place over two Semesters. The remainder of the programme is then dedicated to full-time work on the research project.

During the second Semester you will commence the background reading phase of your research project.

Assessment Details

Poster 20%

Mark from supervisor 40%

Mark from assessor 40%

Reading and References

  • Barrass, R., Scientists Must Write, Science Paperbacks, 1978 Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers: editorial house style
  • Kirkman, J., Good Style for Scientific and Engineering Writing, Pitman, 1992 University of Wales MSc. Student Handbook
  • Van Emden, J., Handbook of Writing for Engineers, McMillan, 1990

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