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ES97L - Individual Project

  • Module code: ES97L
  • Module name: Individual Project
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module provides the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and understanding gained in the other core modules of the programme and demonstrate the skills required of professional engineers in an industrial context. This is by means of an individual research project leading to a dissertation. The project provides experience of performing an individual investigative project under the supervision of a member of staff and report its findings both orally and in writing. It provides students with an opportunity to apply and demonstrate their capabilities (engineering knowledge, initiative, enthusiasm, etc.) to plan, carry out, control and execute an open-ended project in a relevant engineering topic of current interest to the industry, making an independent contribution to the topic area, and enhancing their communication skills in writing and orally.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module a student should be able to: • Extrapolate existing knowledge and experience and apply them in an integrated systems approach to solve a complex and unfamiliar engineering problem. • Extract and critically evaluate relevant data in order to apply engineering analysis and advanced problem solving skills, in order to complete an engineering project to the satisfaction of a customer and/or user. • Use innovative techniques, materials or methods in delivering the project. • Consider the wider context of the project including, risk, ethics, environmental and sustainability limitations, intellectual property rights, codes of practice and standards, health and safety and liability, to inform the project specification (problem brief) as relevant to the project. • Plan and manage a project from the initial brief to a deliverable outcome • Demonstrate effective communication, both verbal and written, to a technical and non-technical audience. • Interpret a project brief and integrate their knowledge to develop a research methodology to meet that brief through critical thinking and analysis. • Develop skills in advanced research methods appropriate to advanced engineering and/or technology relevant to the project brief

Timetabled teaching activities

Final presentation (1 hour) Approximately 23 hours of contact time with project supervisor(s) arranged at a mutually convenient time with the student during the normal working week. These slots are not timetabled and should not occur after 13:00 on a Wednesday.

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Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the project.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
45 CATS (Module code: ES97L-45)
A (Assessed work only) Dissertation (max 15,000 words) 80%
  Final Presentation 20%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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