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CAPE5010M Research Project (MEng)

45 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Dr SJ Antony

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

Year running 2022/23

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 and to report on the results of their experiments. Planning and performing experiments is supported by academic and technical staff. Critical analysis of the data obtained in these experiments is also supported by an academic supervisor of each project. However, success in this module is highly dependent on the student's engagement and initiative to drive progress in the project.


- 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 in their future career;
- to provide students with opportunities to present their research data both orally and in the form of scientific reports;
- to assess the health and safety issues associated with their research topic in general and the specific experiments they conduct in particular;
- to enable students to assess (positive and negative) ethical implications of research projects towards the general society.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students will understand and be able to practice the following key aspects of running a research-based project:
- Critically reviewing literature data;
- Developing innovative research plans;
- Designing and systematically planning lab-based or computational (or both) experiments;
- Interpreting and critically analysing data obtained from experiments with respect to both project objectives and published literature data;
- Concisely reporting experimental data and project outcomes orally and in written form.

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


Project activities include:
- Critical literature review and background reading (to develop a clear understanding of the research topic);
- Layman’s description of project aim and objectives, including ethical aspects of the research project;
- Development of research methodology (i.e. laboratory equipment, computer software, etc), using in particular, experiment design;
- Planning for experimental and/or computational work and implementation of a research plan;
- 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

Semester 1:
- Feedback on research directions and project understanding during weekly meetings with supervisors
- Interim report feedback

Semester 2:
- Feedback on research directions, experiment planning and results analysis during weekly meetings with supervisor.
- Oral presentations feedback
- Feedback on final report outline submitted to supervisors

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportInterim report15.00
ReportFinal report55.00
In-course AssessmentContinuous assessment by Supervisor15.00
PresentationOral presentation15.00
ReportFinal report 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: 12/07/2022


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