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Module

EEE8084 : Individual Project

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Armstrong
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

To enhance the ability of the student to apply their engineering and computing expertise to investigate a complex problem.

Outline Of Syllabus

The individual assignment will lead to the analysis, design and development of an original system or
device and involve multi-disciplinary skills. The overall theme of the project will be provided by an
academic staff supervisor who will assist in project monitoring. Assessment of the project is via presentation, demonstration and coursework.

The lectures from the Library and Writing Development Centre will include the following:

• Features of academic writing
• Strategies and techniques to avoid plagiarism
• Writing a project proposal
• Writing a literature review
• Writing your research project
• Electronic Resources
• The Academic Internet
• Academic Integrity

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Oral Presentation to be held PiP or virtually online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Literature Review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Demonstration to be held Present in Person or virtually online.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1100:00100:00Technical Paper (Final Report)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Searching and reading background material and publications.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice150:0050:00Circuit board construction; software development
Guided Independent StudyProject work1300:00300:00Design and construction of devices and/or software
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Meetings with project supervisor, for 20/21 either PiP or held virtually, or a combination of both.
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This project requires the student not only to adapt the factual, conceptual and procedural knowledge acquired from a wide range of modules to a specific problem but also to enhance their strategic knowledge by undertaking a project in which he/she is wholly responsible.

Consequently it will require the student to demonstrate a wide range of skills:

1. Subject-specific skills - design skills plus an overall understanding of a wide range of subject matter related to the project
2. Core skills - ability to plan and organise the work, together with exercising problem solving skills, also to demonstrate numeracy and computer literacy skills and finally submit a written report on the work.
3. Cognitive skills - ability to analyse the results and present them in a coherent manner.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination303A20Final Demonstration
Oral Presentation152M10N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report3M606,000 words (Technical Paper)
Written exercise3M10Literature review (1,500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The technical paper (final report) is an appropriate way to assess both the depth of theoretical knowledge and understanding and the students’ problem solving skills and will also assess data and information acquisition and evaluation skills.The project demonstration gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and improved transferable skills.
The project presentation and literature review are integral parts of the project assessment as they will test the students' skills in gathering information, relative to their project, and presenting it to their peers.

Reading Lists

Timetable