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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5882M MSc Individual Project

60 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Dr. Craig Evans

Taught: 1 Oct to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

ELEC5881M Main Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary


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 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 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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
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 (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
In-course AssessmentInterim report (2000 words)20.00
In-course AssessmentFinal report (5000 words)40.00
In-course AssessmentViva (Oral examination)30.00
In-course AssessmentProject Progress, 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: 24/10/2022


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