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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5870M MEng Individual Project

45 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr. Zoran Ikonic

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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.


The MEng Individual Project is the main individual research project for final-year MEng students. It is an opportunity to tackle a research or development challenge in a project specialism within the area of their programme of study. Students are required to investigate and define the problem and use available resources to develop a solution by employing the knowledge and skills gained in previous years of study.

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

1. Investigate and define a problem and use available resources to develop a solution.
2. Use creativity to establish an innovative solution to a research or development requirement.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering.
4. Demonstrate project management skills including time planning, working to deadlines and producing deliverables.
5. Demonstrate competence with decision making, managing change and risk, identifying and managing cost drivers.
6. Manage technical uncertainty, analyse scenarios and identify realistic options.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communications.
8. Understand how to make use of technical literature and other information sources.
9. Develop communication skills and the ability to reflect on their progress by working with an expert (the project supervisor) and gaining experience of their work being put under sustained scrutiny.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Project planning and management
Identification of resources and managing cost drivers
Identification and analysis of project risk
Working with Gantt charts, work breakdown structure, critical path, milestones and deliverables
Safe working practices / hazardous substances, Risk assessment
Report writing and oral presentation

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 hours446.00
Total Contact hours4.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

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 report30.00
PresentationPublic exhibition/poster10.00
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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