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CAPE5010M Research Project (MEng)

45 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Dr O Cayre

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Students receive training to enable them to carry out experimental/computational research work over two semesters. Planning and performing experiements is supported by academic and technical staff but relies on the student's engagement and initiative to be successful.


- to enable students to demonstrate their research ability and their initiative in driving a research project;
- to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience of planning, executing and reporting a research project of the type they will undertake in an industry/academic environment;
- to provide students with the ability to present research data both orally and in the form of scientific reports;
- to have an appreciation of the health and safety issues associated with their research topic.

Learning outcomes
Students will:
- Gain specialist knowledge in the area of research;
- Gain analytical skills in interpreting research data obtained from the novel experiments performed as part of the research project.

Skills outcomes
- Research initiation
- Literature review.
- Project planning.
- Experiments and analysis.
- Scientific presentation and report writing.


Project activities include:
- Literature review and background reading (to develop a clear understanding of the research topic).
- Familiarisation with research methodology (ie equipment, computer, software, etc), in particular, experiment design.
- Planning for the experimental and/or computational work to be carried out.
- Carrying out experimental/computational work.
- Analysis and interpretation of results.
- Oral presentation.
- Final report writing
- Training in good health and safety practice.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Office Hour Discussions221.0022.00
Small Group Learning222.0044.00
Private study hours176.00
Total Contact hours274.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

Private study

- Literature reading: 60 hours
- Data analysis: 40 hours
- Interim report writing: 20 hours
- Oral presentation: 8 hours
- Final report writing: 56 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Weekly meetings with supervisor
- Feedback on research proposal
- Interim report
- Oral presentations
- Feedback on report outline

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportInterim report15.00
ReportFinal report55.00
In-course AssessmentContinuous assessment by Supervisor15.00
PresentationOral presentation15.00
ReportReport outline0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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