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2021/22 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 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. 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) any online activities/sessions. Where learning activities are scheduled to take place on campus, it may be possible and/or necessary for some students to join these sessions remotely. Some of the listed contact hours may also be optional surgeries. Students will be provided with full information about the arrangements for all of these activities by the module staff at the beginning of the teaching semester.‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, 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 sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.


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. Define a complex technical problem, experimental investigation or design objective and propose a feasible plan of work to research and/or develop an appropriate solution within the constraints of time and resources available.
2. Apply project management skills including time planning, working to deadlines and producing deliverables.
3. Demonstrate creativity, innovation and technical competence by implementing the project proposal, delivering the problem solving, experimental investigation or design work specified in the plan, and reach substantiated conclusions derived from the work undertaken.
4. Manage technical uncertainty, analyse scenarios and identify realistic options.
5. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information.
6. Communicate effectively both the results of their own work and other complex information, with specialist and non-specialist audiences, selecting and evaluating the methods used.
7. Reflect on progress and the extent of independent self-learning and development, through undertaking a substantial technical project.


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

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 (term weeks). However, the precise format and frequency of these meetings will be arranged between the supervisor and the student.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

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: 29/06/2021 16:47:30


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