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CME8117 : MEng Research Project (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Adam Harvey
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 28.0


To develop student’s personal skills at undertaking investigative work of an original kind, the ability to produce a high quality research dissertation and the ability to produce a research poster.

Semester 1.
To introduce students to the research process, undertake a literature review assignment and to prepare them for their research project.
Semester 2.
Students will pick a project from a list. Thereafter, individual students will carry out their research projects under the supervision of their respective supervisor. Assessment of the module will be via a research dissertation and a poster presentation.

The project may be carried out within the School; in UK industry; at partner institutions under the ERASMUS scheme or other international institutions where we have exchange programmes, including Singapore and Australia.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1.
The nature of research; Resources for research; Writing a research paper (layout; key chapters; style; citing references; being critical; making arguments);

Semester 2.
Students will spend the whole of Semester 2 doing a research project supervised by a member of academic staff. All candidates on MEng degrees with specialisms will carry out a project in their respective specialisms.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Prepare literature review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Prepare scientific journal paper
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching251:0025:00Meetings with individual project supervisors
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Library sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1379:00379:00Perform experimental or theoretical work to satisfy requirements of research project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the basic processes of research and write up guidelines.
The library sessions raise awareness of the resources available for research and provide hands-on practise in searching for electronic reference material.

A research project will be selected by the student from a list of projects supplied by academic staff. The projects will range from fundamental scientific investigations through to industrially based development projects. All the projects will have relevance to the process industry and the potential to make a real contribution to the sector. The projects may be carried out in collaboration with an industrial partner, in an overseas university or within the School.
The large amount of private study reflects the fact that this is a project that the students must progress themselves.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster2M5Poster presentation (set week 11)
Written exercise2M85Scientific Journal Paper 7500 words (plus an allowance of 2000 words for supplementary materials etc)
Case study1M10Literature Review – 10 pages
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The literature review underpins the project allowing the student to develop sufficient knowledge in the area to plan and undertake the project

The research project is written up as a scientific journal paper will allow students to undertake in depth research and communicate their findings in a succinct and focussed manner and in the form in which research is usually communicated.

The poster allows the students to present and defend their research work.

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