Module Catalogue 2023/24

NUS8307 : Project Dissertation – I

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Pavan Kumar Naraharisetti
  • Lecturer: Dr Noori Kim, Dr Arun Dev, Dr Mohammed Abdul Hannan, Dr Khalid Abidi, Dr Zi Jie Choong, Dr Naayagi Ramasamy
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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To enable students to apply what they have learnt in the modules, to allow them to explore further and come up with an implementable plan. Further, they should be able to identify the (dis)advantages of a given design of a physical/automation system and should be able to propose solutions to improve the system.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Academic Integrity.
•       Electronic Resources, Literature review.
•       Definition of problem and area of study.
•       Familiarisation with tools and methodology.
•       Project proposal submission.
•       Presentation.

Where possible, part-time students will analysis systems/processes within their organizations in their dissertation and deliver results that are practically and industrially relevant. Students are required to obtain necessary approvals from their employers should they decide to choose this path. In such a scenario, feedback will be taken from the co-supervisor (employer) on how the student performed.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should:
•       Have conceptual, procedural and strategic knowledge on state of the art in
industrial automation and machine learning.
•       Be able to formulate a plan to review and summarise relevant technical papers.
•       Be able to identify relevant materials related to the studies and critique different
technical contents.
•       Be able to identify gaps in literature and come up with a proposal.
•       Know different techniques and methodologies for filling the research gap and
developing a realistic plan.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Review literature, identify gaps and write a comprehensive proposal.
•       Be able to summarise, make conclusions supported by sound background work and make
good presentations on the same.
•       Be able to criticise and find better solutions.
•       Be able to identify interdisciplinary topics for the enhancement of industrial systems.
•       Demonstrate a good understanding of theoretical concepts and their relevance to practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture43:3014:00Ethics, Research Methodologies Research proposal preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Preparation for presentation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading61:006:00Supervision meetings
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Project management tools
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Background reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00Literature Review Report writing
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Developing the proposal and writing
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module (Project Dissertation - I) enables students to study the different topics at a deeper level and come up with a proposal on which they will work on in Project Dissertation – II. Students are required to attend lectures on ethics and research methodologies and meet the supervisor regularly so that the proposal submitted at the end of the module is acceptable for Project Dissertation – II. Students will pick up project management skills via guided independent learning.

Due to the emerging Covid-19 situation, it is likely that some or all of the meetings/seminars are conducted online.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation602A20One 60-minute oral presentation (including Q&A)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Literature review - Document of maximum 1500-words
Research proposal2M60Project proposal - Document of maximum 4000-words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The report enables students to comprehensively present what they have done as part of the proposal. Weightage is given separately to efforts on the project proposal and literature review so that students will plan better as they do the next dissertation module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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