SPG8095 : Renewable Energy: Masters Project and Report

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


To undertake an independent piece of technical research work including formulation of the problem, undertaking the necessary research work and reporting of the results.
The student will formulate, undertake and report on a substantial design or research project in the field of renewable energy. Each project will be unique to the student. The content of the project will be discussed and agreed in colaboration with the student, their academic supervisor and their employer (where applicable.)

Original Summary:

Outline Of Syllabus

An Induction Session will be delivered at the beginning of the academic year, which students will be advised to attend for guidance.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Methodology and Planning Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Writing up dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Staff & externals presentations during Induction week
Guided Independent StudyProject work1438:00438:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Hands-on workshop in Robinson Library
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision100:305:00Discussions with project supervisor, as required.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide students with the research skills and project framework requirements (IKO1-2, ISO1)
The student should select a member of staff as supervisor for their intended project who will help to establish the scope and focus of the project. Students are responsible for maintaining regular contact with their supervisor and maintaining a record of their meetings.
Knowledge and understanding of the selected topic will be gained through all activities associated with the project. This may include, but is not limited to, literature review, background reading, research, experimentation, computer modelling and analysis, discussions, design. It will be supported by the teaching and material associated with the taught module in that subject area. (IKO3, ISO2-3, 5)
Subject specific, cognitive, time management, IT and communication skills will be practiced and enhanced through the development and management of the project, liaison with others and the preparation of a formal dissertation and maintenance of a project logbook. (ISO4, 6)

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M15Methodology and Planning Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formal project dissertation will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and describe their advanced knowledge and understanding of the project topic. Other skills including cognitive, key and subject specific skills will also be assessed through the formal dissertation. Skills such as time management will not be assessed via the dissertation but will need to have been utilised in order to successfully complete the project.
The Methodology and Planning Report enables us to ensure the students start their dissertation work in good time and have thoroughly planned it. It gives a formal opportunity for the supervisor to give feedback.

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