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NES3411 : Project in Industry

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Toni Carruthers
  • Lecturer: Dr Lee Higham
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 40.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide students with project experience in an industrial context.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project provides Stage 3 students with an opportunity to work in an industrial setting on a project with industrial relevance.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:3015 min presentation
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1677:30677:30Project work
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Prep for final report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:0030 min viva
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk20:301:00Module introduction
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Introduction to working in industry and working in teams is provided in the induction session which also covers what is expected from the students, the assessment procedures and presentation skills. Most of the module involves practical work within the industrial laboratories but also includes time for experimental design and some background work.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination302A2530 mins at workplace or online
Oral Presentation152A1515 min presentation either in workplace or online
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M30Final report (30 pages) Plus one summary slide
Report2M30Supervisor assessment of placement work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment of the practical work performed during the project will be carried out by the project industrial supervisor. In addition, students will be expected to submit a final written report (6000 words) summarising the context and results. After submission of the report, students will make a presentation (15 minutes) on their work to an audience consisting of at least the industrial supervisor and a member of academic staff, who will then together conduct an oral examination (30 minutes) of the candidate. The summary slide will consist of approximately 75% project summary and 25% reflection on skills acquired and developed.

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