Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8297 : Dissertation: Project and Report I

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Arun Dev
  • Lecturer: Dr Xin Wang, Dr Mohammed Abdul Hannan, Dr Ivan CK Tam, Dr Ling Wan, Professor Cheng Chin
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



A1: To present an opportunity to undertake advanced research on an appropriate marine and offshore related topic working mostly alone, and to perform in a structured form the results of that review and limited study and research first in a Literature Review report.
A2: To develop a project brief supplemented by a background and motivation, a brief literature search, aim and objectives, initial thought on methodology, impact on the industry, time line, etc.

Outline Of Syllabus

OS1: The module will have a project briefing which presents a project framework in terms of time table, milestones and arrangement of supervision.
OS2: Besides, critical issues in carrying out a research project such as a project brief (research proposal) with a project plan and Literature Review report, etc. are addressed.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will have an understanding of:

IKO1: Specialised knowledge in the topic of the dissertation in terms of preparing a project brief and Literature Review report.
IKO2: Conduct an independent Literature Review with a critical evaluation of a current state of knowledge and gap analysis.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will have an understanding of:

ISO1: The students will demonstrate skills in Literature Review and propose a project brief (proposal) to fill gaps in knowledge and technology
ISO2: Demonstrate the ability to write a good report and demonstrate excellent presentation of the project brief and Literature Review report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture63:0018:00Machine Learning and AI;
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion145:0045:00Assimilation of project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture23:307:00Lectures on Research Skills
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading145:0045:00Follow-up after various meetings
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading155:0055:00Assimilation of Literature Review report
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00Workplace visits for the project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision110:0010:00Face to face meetings and email with prospective supervisors and also industrial mentor
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time110:0010:00Online discussions led by instructor
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The project briefing provides students wit the acquisition of fundamental research skills and the project framework in terms of timetable, milestones and arrangement for supervision followed by a literature review report (IKO1-2 and ISO1-2).
Students should submit their initial project brief as soon as the module leader makes his announcement about the start of Dissertation: Project and Report I, via email to the module leader. Following on from this, the completed literature review report should be submitted no later than the deadline date set by the module leader. Consequently, it will require the student to demonstrate a wide range of skills like subject-specific skills, core skills and cognitive skills.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Project Briefing
Research proposal2M25Maximum 35 pages of A4 including references but excluding any appendixes
Written exercise3M50Literature Review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project brief and literature review report are intended to provide the students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial and largely independent piece of research. The examiners assess the ability of a student to produce a written research report which demonstrates the intended learning outcomes described in IKO1-2 and ISO1-2
The project brief and literature review report will generally be of a length not exceeding ten (10) pages and thirty-five (35) pages of A4 respectively.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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