CEG8296 : MSc Project and Dissertation in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
- Offered for Year: 2014/15
- Module Leader(s): Dr Gaetano Elia
- Owning School: Civil Engineering & Geosciences
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||6|
|Semester 3 Credit Value:||54|
The aim of this module is to enable students to put their specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding into practice through the medium of a significant individual research project and written dissertation.
This module represents the major individual research project that students must complete as part of their degree.
Outline Of Syllabus
Your project might involve you working within one of the School's established research groups, or you might work elsewhere in collaboration with another industrial or academic partner. Wherever you work, you will be supervised, throughout your project, by an experienced scientist or engineer. Your supervisor will provide advice on the approaches and methods that are best suited to your research problem and on your collection/analysis of data, and will guide you in producing a well-written dissertation.
You will be required to complete a project outline document as part of the project planning, and to maintain a portfolio documenting the implementation of the project and reflecting on your personal skills development. You will be required to present the results of your studies to a generalist audience through an oral presentation.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Presentation of 15 mins and preparation.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Project inception report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||160:00||160:00||Dissertation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||28||1:00||28:00||Tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||367:00||367:00||Includes background reading & reading associated lecture notes for a full understanding of material|
Jointly Taught With
|CEG8396||MSc Project and Dissertation in Structural Engineering|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Students practise and develop their discipline related skills and knowledge, and their generic skills, through the medium of an individual research project. Taught small group teaching activities provide introduction to generic skills and knowledge (eg project design and planning, literature reviews, writing skills, etc.) during which students participate in lecturer led, group based, peer interactive exercises conducted in seminar format. These are complemented by a “learning through doing” approach as they undertake the project, with the support of one or more academic supervisors who can advise on methodologies and interpretations.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Report||2||M||10||Project Inception Report (up to approx 12 pages).|
|Dissertation||3||M||85||Written dissertation assessed in Semester 3 (up to 60 pages).|
|Prof skill assessmnt||3||M||5||Presentation (15 mins) at start of Semester 3, inc outline of project aims, methodology, expected outcomes etc. 15hrs of effort.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The specialist and generic skills, and the knowledge and understanding practised and developed during this module are assessed primarily through examination of a written dissertation. Complementary skills in project planning and self-assessment, and in communication skills, are practised and assessed through the project inception report (PIR) and presentation.
NOTE: The PIR must be passed prior to submission of the full dissertation.
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