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MEC3098 : Final Year Dissertation: Capstone Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela
  • Lecturer: Dr Philip Hyde, Mr Robert Davidson, Dr Francis Franklin, Dr Timothy Lisle, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Dr Prodip Das, Dr Harriet Grigg, Dr Wenxian Yang, Dr Daniel Frankel, Dr Richard Whalley, Professor Kenneth Dalgarno, Dr Immanuvel Paul, Dr Umair Ahmed, Dr Andrew Aspden, Dr Barry Gallacher, Dr Shafiq Odhano, Dr Roberto Palacin, Professor Tom Joyce, Dr Jinju Chen, Dr Gemma Wain, Dr David Golightly, Dr Dehong Huo, Mr Peter Chapman, Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty, Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte, Dr Simon Lambert, Dr John Hedley, Dr Oana Bretcanu, Dr Rosemary Norman
  • Other Staff: Ms Abby French, Miss Emily Dott
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 25
ECTS Credits: 15.0


•An individual project set by supervisors within the School, and possibly associated industrial collaborations,
which is designed to give the student scope for developing his/her capabilities as an engineer.
•The project provides the opportunity to practise skills and techniques learned in previous modules as well as
investigating and developing new areas of interest to support the project objectives.
•Projects may include components of design, materials, electronics, engineering science, mathematical modelling,
etc, as well as managing time and resources.
•Projects are allocated by the module leader in broad themes and students will be encouraged to indicate their
areas of interest

Outline Of Syllabus

•An individual study of aspects of engineering to investigate a research or applied engineering topic, which may
involve design, analysis, computing or experimental studies.
•The module requires the student to apply themselves to the project in preparation for professional practice, to
direct their own activities with appropriate supervision where required and to deliver a coherent document
which addresses the project objectives.
•Time management and coordination of necessary resources will be required and should be evidenced

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Assessed oral discussion with question and answers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Project Selection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Synchronous Online - Q&A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision211:0021:00Weekly synchronous online individual supervision.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1271:30271:30Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Course briefing
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

To develop the students subject-specific skills, core academic skills and key personal skills.

The actual nature of the work will be highly varied and diverse depending upon the nature of the project.

Students will be given a briefing lecture on the project in semester one and are expected to work on the project throughout the semester.

Alternative online sessions will be offered to students if in-person sessions are not possible to take place due to unforeseen circumstances. In that case, in-person lectures will be replaced by online sessions

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302A50Assessment of understanding and achievement, including presentation, discussions and other project documents.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M10Interim Report
Report2M40Final report (25 pages max)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Digital Examination1MFinding and Managing Information for your research. Formative CANVAS-online QUIZ aimed at developing research independence.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are assessed individually for their performance of a significant engineering task.

Emphasis is placed understanding and achievement and the interpersonal skills to be expected of a professional engineer

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