Module Catalogue 2024/25

NUS8109 : Project Dissertation

NUS8109 : Project Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yuen Ling Ng
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
  • Capacity limit: 50 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
Semester 3 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System

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This module aims to enable students to apply what they have learnt to study deeper and wider in the subject area of process safety, occupational health, environmental impact, assessment and mitigation, and safety and risk management. The project can be a research study, stimulation, modelling or a larger case study and can involve industry and academic supervision in order to widen students’ perspectives and learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Literature review and definition of problem and area of study
•       Familiarisation with tools and methodology
•       Project proposal submission
•       Project study
•       Final dissertation
•       Presentation

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, the student should be able to:
•       Conduct an independent literature review and critical evaluation of current state of knowledge and technology
•       Analyse and evaluate different methodologies and case examples and identify gaps
•       Evaluate gaps in knowledge or skills or technologies that the project proposal is target to address

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, the student should be able to:
•       Demonstrate skills in literature review and propose project to fill gaps in knowledge and technology
•       Demonstrate research, stimulation, modelling or larger case studies skills
•       Synthesise new knowledge, engineering data, equation, technique or technology
•       Evaluate research, stimulation or modelling results and propose own theory and engineering interpretation
•       Demonstrate ability to write good report and demonstrate good presentation skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Mid-point oral examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Introduction to the module
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Preparing for mid-point oral examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Lecture series
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1112:00112:00Writing of final dissertation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:003 months literature review and project proposal writing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:008:00Quarterly onsite meetings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Small group teaching
Guided Independent StudyProject work1341:30341:309 months project work including submission of log book, research and preparation of dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision62:0012:00Supervision meetings other than onsite meetings
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module enables students to study the subject at a wider and deeper level and apply what they learnt to independently acquire skills and create new knowledge, skills, engineering data, equation, technique or technology.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination302A10Mid-point oral examination: 10-minute presentation plus 20-minute Q&A oral examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M20Year 2 - Sem 1 3 months after start of semester 1, literature review with proposal consists of maximum 1500 words
Dissertation3A70Dissertation hand-in at end of semester 3, dissertation consists of maximum 75 pages of 250 words per page, or maximum 18750 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project proposal enables students to present the literature review of current state of knowledge and technology and to propose a project to fill-in-the-gaps. The final dissertation enables students to present their findings and results.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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