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SFY0009 : Foundation Year Project

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alasdair Charles
  • Lecturer: Dr Vladimir Vinogradov
  • Other Staff: Dr Philip Hyde, Dr Jake McClements, Mr Andrew Lovatt
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To enable students to become more familiar with their chosen engineering discipline by doing work on a relevant topic with academic staff in that discipline. Introduction to basic library research and/or computing projects and /or industrial practices and similar skills in preparation for the demands of Stage 1 courses.
Guided research on a topic with self-study and private study to generate a quality report document on a specific topic within their chosen discipline.

Outline Of Syllabus

Taught theory and analytical methods are combined with 'capability' skills in problem solving and practical work.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities128:0028:00Include regular discussion groups. Students should aim to spend at least 3 hours per week on project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:001hr per week of PiP is timetabled but will move to online activities if Covid regulations impact
Guided Independent StudyProject work164:0064:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The aim is to enable students to become familiar with some aspects of their chosen discipline whilst at the same time developing skills in research and report preparation. This is achieved by linking students to staff in their particular discipline and setting them a relevant project topic. Regular progress meetings with the students in each discipline group during the semester, on-line, enable direction to be given as the project progresses.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Technical report of 3000 words following specified structure/referencing
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Research and study skills assessed by report preparation showing structure, understanding and analytical deduction from discipline related information or data.

Reading Lists