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CME8128 : MEng Research Project

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Adam Harvey
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


To develop research skills by undertaking original investigative work via experiments and/or modelling.
To develop scientific communication skills via writing a scientific journal paper
Develop the ability to produce a high quality research dissertation research poster.
To introduce students to research techniques
To complete a literature review assignment, which will involve developing and improving skills in information gathering and analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

The nature of research
Resources for research
Guidance on gathering information form literature, and using software such as Scopus for literature searching
Writing a literature survey
Writing a research paper (layout; key chapters; style; citing references; being critical; making arguments);

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 completion130:0030:00Prepare literature review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Prepare poster
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00Introduction to Module, writing journal papers, writing literature reviews
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Prepare scientific journal paper
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching251:0025:00Meetings with supervisory teams
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Library sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1398:00398:00Perform experimental or theoretical work to satisfy requirements of research project, and write up.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the basic processes of research and give guidance on scientific writing, and performing research
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 industries and the potential to make a real contribution to the sector.

The large amount of private study reflects the fact that this is a project that 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
Written exercise2M20Literature review
Written exercise2M75Scientific Journal Paper (7500 words)
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.

Reading Lists