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CME8097 : Chemical Engineering Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to allow students to gain first hand experience of an academic or industrial or research environment and enable them to put their specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding into practice through the medium of a significant individual research project and written dissertation.

Outline Of Syllabus

This provides an opportunity to deepen technical understanding through the application of theory to a project relevant to Chemical Engineering Practice. It also enables students to demonstrate their ability to focus on a solution in the context of often open ended problems.

Students carry out a unique project in a University environment which enables them to put into practice much of their theoretical and practical knowledge gained through the MSc programme. In addition it will enable additional skills acquired through first degree programmes to be extended into a sustainability

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture222:0044:00Social sessions and guest lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Methodology and Planning - Project plan and design report.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Presentation preparation and completion.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1150:00150:00Write up dissertation report.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1326:00326:00Background reading, data collection and analysis. Writing up of final project.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00TBA between supervisor and student (PiP).
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The research project is worth 60 credits and allows students to build upon the skills and knowledge gained during the taught part of the programme.

The project may involve working within one of the School's established research groups, or students may work elsewhere in collaboration with industry typically through an industrial sponsor. The supervisor will provide advice on the approaches and methods that are best suited to the industrial or lab based research problem. They gain the skills and knowledge delivered by the module by “learning through doing” as they undertake the project.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M75Approx. 8000 words, to be written in the style of the most appropriate high quality journal for the subject/or technical report.
Oral Presentation3M10Mid project short presentation with questions to measure progress.
Report2M15Project plan and design, risk assessment, and COSHH, ethical assessment and timeline. Approx. 2000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation assessments provide students the opportunity to:
Demonstrate their ability to design and deliver a project that answers a specific question or need;
Demonstrate their knowledge acquisition and practical application skills;
Demonstrate effective communication strategies.

Reading Lists