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EEE3097 : Individual Project and Dissertation (BEng)

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Andrew Lovatt
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 20.0


To enhance the ability of the student to apply their engineering expertise to investigate a complex problem.

Outline Of Syllabus

An individual assignment leading to the design and development of an original system or device and involving multi-disciplinary skills. The overall theme of the project will be provided by an academic staff supervisor who will assist in project monitoring. Assessment of the project, undertaken by project supervisor and second examiner, is via presentations, demonstrations and a final report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Poster presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Project proposal and initial demonstration
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final demonstration
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Dissertation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00Searching and reading background material and publications.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice125:0025:00Circuit board construction / software development
Guided Independent StudyProject work1213:00213:00Design and construction of devices and/or software
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision151:0015:00Staff contact hours are estimated as this depends on the number of students on the module.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This project requires the students not only to adapt the factual, conceptual and procedural knowledge acquired from a wide range of modules to a specific problem but also to enhance their strategic knowledge by undertaking the project in which he/ she is wholly responsible.

Consequently it will require the student to demonstrate a wide range of skills:

1. Subject-specific skills - design skills plus an overall understanding of a wide range of subject matter related to the project.
2. Core skills - ability to plan and organise the work, together with exercising problem solving skills. Also demonstrate numeracy and computer literacy skills, finally submit a written report on the design.
3. Cognitive skills - ability to analyse the results and present them in a coherent manner.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302M20Final demonstration
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M606000 word count, Technical Report
Research proposal1M5N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Examination1MFirst Demonstration - formative feedback will be given to students to identify any issues
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

From the various presentations plus report, the ability of the student will be assessed regarding:
- Subject-specific, core and cognitive skills - established from technical assessment of the initial study, implementation issues and evaluation of end project plus dissertation.

Reading Lists