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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5882M MSc Individual Project

60 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Dr. Taisir Elgorashi

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth), 1 Sep to 31 Aug (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces

ELEC5881M Main Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


Students are required to define an experimental research investigation or design problem, and conduct the investigation, or develop a design solution, by employing the knowledge and skills gained in both previous and current studies.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Define and explain and experimental research investigation or design problem.
2. Conduct a literature search relevant to their project and discuss the literature survey in a written report.
3. Conduct the experimental research, or develop a solution to the design problem, using appropriate analytical tools, according to the project specification.
4. Apply critical analysis and form conclusions from the experimental or developmental work.
5. Communicate the outcome of the project in both oral and written form.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Project planning and project management including risk management
Research ethics
Critical evaluation of literature, including search and retrieval
Writing technical reports/papers
Communication skills
Health and safety

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning41.004.00
Private study hours596.00
Total Contact hours4.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

In addition to the supporting lectures, students will have meetings with an academic (staff) supervisor. It is expected that there will be an opportunity for students to meet their supervisor an average of once per fortnight for the duration of the project. However, the format and frequency of these meetings will be arranged between the staff member and the student.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback on their progress during meetings with their academic supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportInterim report20.00
ReportFinal report or academic paper40.00
Oral PresentationOral presentation/viva examination of technical achievement and understanding30.00
ProjectProject commitment and independence10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:36


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