EEE8109 : Individual Project and Dissertation (MEng)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 20.0


To enhance the ability of the student to apply his/her engineering expertise to investigate a complex problem.

It is also intended that the project will engender a greater degree of self-reliance and self confidence in the student, making them more pro-active with respect to project work, which will be essential if he/she is to be successful when undertaking the Industrial and Group Projects in Stage IV.

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 completion12:002:00Final demonstration
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Dissertation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Poster presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Project proposal and initial demonstration
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00Searching and reading background material and publications
Guided Independent StudySkills practice125:0025:00Circuit board construction / software development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:0012:00Staff contact hours are estimated as this depends on the number of students on the module.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1216:00216:00Design and construction of devices and/or software
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are allocated an academic supervisor to discuss the aims and objectives of the project to be undertaken. At the MEng level students are expected to undertake the majority of the work independently and show a high degree of self reliance.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation301M5Initial demonstration
Oral Presentation302M15Final demonstration
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M6040 pages (excluding references and appendices)
Research proposal1M5N/A
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
• self-reliance – assessed from general observations of the supervisor.
• self motivation– assessed from general observations of the supervisor.
• innovation and initiative taking
• critical evaluation of results

- established from a technical assessment of the initial study, implementation issues and evaluation of end project plus dissertation and the general observations of the supervisor.

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