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CEG8790 : Individual MSci Project

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Zhenhong Li
  • Lecturer: Professor Philip Moore, Professor Peter Clarke, Prof. Stuart Barr, Dr Nigel Penna, Mr Tom Bramald, Professor Philip James, Professor Stuart Edwards, Dr Kirill Palamartchouk, Dr Rachel Gaulton
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr Henny Mills
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 20.0


To develop the investigative, research and report presentation skills of a student and to provide the opportunity for a student to study a chosen topic in considerable depth.

This module develops the student's investigative, research and report presentation skills and provides them with the opportunity to study a chosen topic in considerable depth.

Outline Of Syllabus

Investigative research project, the specific content of which should be agreed between student and project supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture24:008:00Conference: 2 afternoons of student presentations. This includes delivery of a 25 min presentation.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion341:3051:00Work diary log book
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Dissertation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion117:0017:00Oral presentation preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching191:0019:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyProject work130:0030:00Preparation and writing of project proposal.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Preparation of draft chapter and contents page.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study212:3052:30Tutorial follow-up and presentation reflection.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study212:3052:30Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is an independent research project and subject specific knowledge acquired depends on the nature of the topic chosen. Under supervision, students undertake a range of research methods and develop key skills in areas such as literature review, data collection, writing and presentation. The exercise of keeping a diary and up-to-date work diary log book reinforces the emphasis on generic research methods, as does the participation in a 'final year conference' (at which all topics are presented in conference-style) as an audience member and as a speaker with a 25-minute conference presentation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M5Word diary log book (word limit not applicable - diary content)
Dissertation2M90Dissertation (8000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt2M5Oral Presentation (25 minutes)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MSubmission of an interim table of contents and sample literature review
Written exercise1MSubmission of project proposal.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The main part of assessment will be based on the dissertation in which the students are to show independent collection of data, processing and analysis. It is required to include sufficient literature to underpin the understanding of the wider topic. In particular focus will be given to the developed methodology and its application to the topic. Students are expected to show an in-depth analysis of the data and results showing their understanding by concluding in a scientific manner.

The students are expected to be able to summarise their project and present it to their peers within a 25 minute presentation. The diary log will be used to assess the continuous process of the dissertation during the given time. Additionally the students will be asked to submit a project proposal by the end of October to ensure a topic for the dissertation is defined. As a further milestone for progress an interim table of contents and sample literature review is to be submitted by mid December. This is formatively assessed and feedback will be provided to the student by the supervisor.

Specialist knowledge and skills imparted by this module are assessed by quality of the final dissertation (coursework item 1), the oral conference paper developed from the dissertation (coursework item 2) and the diary/log of the research process (coursework item 3). Each project is assessed specifically by the supervisor and second marker in accordance with appropriate assessment categories agreed between student and supervisor (marking limits for each category of assessment are defined within the standard, flexibly applied, Marking Scheme for this module). There is an established mechanism for resolving marking discrepancies. There is a small element of peer-assessment contributing to item 2.

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