Module Catalogue 2022/23

MEC3098 : Final Year Dissertation: Capstone Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela
  • Lecturer: Dr Richard Whalley, Professor Kenneth Dalgarno, Dr Immanuvel Paul, Dr Umair Ahmed, Dr Andrew Aspden, Dr Barry Gallacher, Dr Shafiq Odhano, Dr Roberto Palacin, Professor Tom Joyce, Dr Jinju Chen, Dr Gemma Wain, Dr David Golightly, Dr Dehong Huo, Mr Peter Chapman, Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty, Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte, Dr Simon Lambert, Dr John Hedley, Dr Oana Bretcanu, Dr Rosemary Norman, Dr Philip Hyde, Mr Robert Davidson, Dr Francis Franklin, Dr Timothy Lisle, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Dr Prodip Das, Dr Harriet Grigg, Dr Wenxian Yang, Dr Daniel Frankel
  • Other Staff: Miss Emily Dott, Ms Abby French
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 25
ECTS Credits: 15.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Entry to Stage 3 of BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.
Entry to Stage 3 of MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

Stage 3 of BEng or MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.

Aims

•An individual project set by supervisors within the School, and possibly associated industrial collaborations,
which is designed to give the student scope for developing his/her capabilities as an engineer.
•The project provides the opportunity to practise skills and techniques learned in previous modules as well as
investigating and developing new areas of interest to support the project objectives.
•Projects may include components of design, materials, electronics, engineering science, mathematical modelling,
etc, as well as managing time and resources.
•Projects are allocated by the module leader in broad themes and students will be encouraged to indicate their
areas of interest

Outline Of Syllabus

•An individual study of aspects of engineering to investigate a research or applied engineering topic, which may
involve design, analysis, computing or experimental studies.
•The module requires the student to apply themselves to the project in preparation for professional practice, to
direct their own activities with appropriate supervision where required and to deliver a coherent document
which addresses the project objectives.
•Time management and coordination of necessary resources will be required and should be evidenced

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module the students should:

1. Have a working knowledge of Project management.
2. Have in-depth knowledge of a specified technical topic.
3. Have knowledge of the application of engineering design methodology and/or analysis to solve technical
problems.

Intended Skill Outcomes

To enable students:

- To set achievable objectives and work effectively towards them.
- To plan an extended project, monitor progress and update if necessary.
- To learn to use time effectively.
- To find, extract and organise information from a variety of sources (manufacturers' data sheets, Internet,
published literature etc).
- To learn to apply engineering analysis under the guidance of the project supervisor.
- To learn a range of technical skills appropriate to the specific project.
- To write a technical report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Project Selection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Synchronous Online - Q&A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Assessed oral discussion with question and answers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision211:0021:00Weekly synchronous online individual supervision.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1271:30271:30Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Course briefing
Total300:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

To develop the students subject-specific skills, core academic skills and key personal skills.

The actual nature of the work will be highly varied and diverse depending upon the nature of the project.

Students will be given a briefing lecture on the project in semester one and are expected to work on the project throughout the semester.

Alternative online sessions will be offered to students if in-person sessions are not possible to take place due to unforeseen circumstances. In that case, in-person lectures will be replaced by online sessions

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302A50Assessment of understanding and achievement, including presentation, discussions and other project documents.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M10Interim Report
Report2M40Final report (25 pages max)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Digital Examination1MFinding and Managing Information for your research. Formative CANVAS-online QUIZ aimed at developing research independence.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are assessed individually for their performance of a significant engineering task.

Emphasis is placed understanding and achievement and the interpersonal skills to be expected of a professional engineer

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Resit: No resit for core module required to be passed at first attempt to meet accreditation criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.