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
ECTS Credits: 30.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities

Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Project inception report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1160:00160:00Dissertation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Presentation of 15 mins and preparation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching281:0028:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1367:00367:00Includes background reading & reading associated lecture notes for a full understanding of material

Jointly Taught With

Code Title
CEG8396MSc 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.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment

Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M10Project Inception Report (up to approx 12 pages).
Dissertation3M85Written dissertation assessed in Semester 3 (up to 60 pages).
Prof skill assessmnt3M5Presentation (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.

Reading Lists


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