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CEG8296 : MSc Project and Dissertation in Geotechnical Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Milledge
  • Lecturer: Dr Sadegh Nadimi
  • Other Staff: Dr Colin Davie, Dr Jean Hall, Dr Ross Stirling, Dr Mohamed Rouainia, Professor Stefano Utili
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 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 completion125:0025:00Deliverable A: Poster / Conference Paper
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1160:00160:00Deliverable B: Dissertation max 60 pages
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00MSC presentation day
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00online synchronous / PIP depending on circumstances
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1391:00391:00Includes background reading & reading associated lecture notes for full understanding of material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk42:008:00Research methods, LATEX text & professional poster/conf. papers.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG8297MSc Project and Dissertation in Engineering Geology
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.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M90Written dissertation assessed in Semester 3 (up to 60 pages).
Prof skill assessmnt3M10Poster or conference paper
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 presentation.

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