MEC8095 : MSc Project: Mechanical and Systems Engineering
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Dehong Huo
- Lecturer: Dr Andrew Aspden, Professor Kenneth Dalgarno, Dr Barry Gallacher, Dr Prodip Das, Dr Harriet Grigg, Dr Jinju Chen, Dr Philip Hyde, Dr Hemantha Yeddu, Dr Emmanuel Matsika, Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela, Dr Francis Franklin, Mr Peter Chapman, Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty, Dr Julian Happian-Smith, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Dr John Hedley, Dr Roberto Palacin, Dr Oana Bretcanu, Dr Iain Evans
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 3 Credit Value:||50|
This module, the largest component of the MSc programmes, provides an opportunity for students to engage in an extended, in-depth study of some aspect of engineering appropriate to their MSc degree. The project allows students to participate in mainstream engineering work and to develop both engineering and organisation skills crucial in the modern industrial work place.
Outline Of Syllabus
By definition project-based-learning is highly variable in its content, depending on the industry or discipline focus, the specific topic(s), the knowledge and skills underpinning this, the prior capabilites of the student and the project focus (e.g. design or research and development or trouble-shooting, etc.) Emphasis will be placed on understanding and achievement. Project-based-learning requires students to demonstrate the application of knowledge, skills and understanding acquired elsewhere in the course or from their prior learning and/or experience. Normally, a 60 credit MSc Project will be constructed from the following elements whose weightings may vary in individual cases within the ranges indicated:
- State-of-the-art review relevant to the MSc discipline and project topic(s) using appropriate tools
- Development and demonstration of relevant core skills (eg, design, scientific investigation, industrial applications, problem analysis and solution, etc) through specified activities, and the ability to report these.
- Major engineering project work to be a given specification building on the above.
- Project planning and management.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||0:20||0:20||Assessed oral discussion with question and answers|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||60:00||60:00||Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||503:40||503:40||Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||12||3:00||36:00||Extended project activity including supervision|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Project-based-learning will be used, but may be supplemented by taught elements (lecture, laboratory, seminar) to cover basic skills or review learning to date.
The emphasis is on the need to develop core skills for industry and the engineering profession, involving outputs such as:
- the maintenance of traceable records of work (whether individual or shared),
- industrial reports
- technical or scientific papers
- conference or fair posters
- oral presentation.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Examination||20||3||M||60||Assessment of understanding and achievement, including presentation, discussions, logbook and other project documents.|
|Dissertation||3||M||30||Approximately 50 pages.|
|Report||2||M||10||Interim Report - Maximum 12 pages.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The understanding and achievement will be assessed using a verified statement of achievement, detailed discussion, log book and other project documents. The details of the assessment will depend on the discipline and the topic set and will be confirmed at the start of the project. The logbook tests the ability to maintain traceable professional records. Reports are typical methods of communication in industry.