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CEG8099 : Investigative Research Project

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anke Neumann
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0


To undertake an investigative research project that demonstrates original research/analysis/investigation/thought/comment/and extends the current level of knowledge and understanding within the specific field of study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Investigative research project, the specific content of which should be agreed between student and project supervisor. Semester 1 focuses on the Project Inception Report (PIR) which plans the project activities. Semester 2 focuses on project activities and the completion of the dissertation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials51:005:00Lecture notes and online resources, e.g. pCaPs/ podcasts and/or articles.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion128:0028:00Project Inception Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Dissertation
Guided Independent StudyProject work1200:00200:00Conducting independent project investigations.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:001hr PIR progress mtg. 1hr Feedback/project progress mtg. 1hr progress mtg. Plan B O/Synch
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:001hr Q&A session on Finding/ Managing Info 2x1hr Q&A on Criticality in Reading/Reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision120:0020:00Drop-in sessions organized by individual supervisors for additional project support.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:001 x 1 hour Module introduction. Present In Person. Plan B Synchronous Online
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Course is focussed on a research topic within the student’s own programme of study, under the supervision of a member of staff, with additional generic guidance from the module leader on the overall approach to study management and dissertation writing.
*Alternatives will be offered for students who are unable to attend the lectures and tutorials in person.
**Timetabled activities, alternatives will be offered for students who are unable to attend at the specified time.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M80Word length approximately 13,000 words and 200 hours effort.
Report1M20Project Inception Report - word length approximately 7,000 words and 100 hours effort.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge and skills imparted by this module are assessed by quality of the Project Inception Report (coursework item 1) and the final Dissertation (coursework item 2). Each project is assessed specifically by the supervisor and second marker in accordance with appropriate assessment categories from the standardised marking scheme which have been agreed between student and supervisor during the project inception stage.

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