2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CIVE5000M MSc Dissertation
60 creditsClass Size: 200
Module manager: Ana Heitor
Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Module replacesCIVE5165M Geotechnical DissertationCIVE5335M Transport Infrastructure DissertationCIVE5340M Railway Engineering DissertationCIVE5591M EEPM DissertationCIVE5593M WASH DissertationCIVE5974M Structural Engineering Dissertation
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe dissertation module will last for the duration of your MSc programme. The submission date will vary according to whether your programme begins in September or January.
ObjectivesThis module is designed to develop the capabilities to:
- define problems and research gaps of relevance to one aspect of the student’s MSc programme
- systematically collate and critically review the relevant literature with regard to scientific rigour and integrity;
- design a work programme to collect, analyse and synthesise data with appropriate regard for research ethics, health and safety, and risk assessment;
- present information in a logical and cohesive way with due regard to research integrity;
- elicit the appropriate conclusions including critical self-reflection and lessons learnt;
- communicate appropriately through well-structured and written reports.
On completion of the module, students will be able to
1. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information in order to complete an engineering task to solve complex problems
2. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and/or engineering principles to the solution of a complex problem*.
3. Formulate and Analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions explaining the reasons for, and advantages and disadvantages of different formal organisational structures
4. Demonstrated the ability to critically select and apply appropriate computational and/or analytical techniques to understand complex problems, understanding the limitations of the techniques employed
* Complex problems are defined as having no obvious solution and may involve wide-ranging or conflicting technical issues and/or user needs.
Planning and Organisation
• Definition of research;
• Identification of information sources;
• Academic integrity and research ethics;
• Research design and risk assessment;
• Research methods;
• Measurement (if relevant);
• Data analysis;
• Synthesis and conclusions;
• Academic writing and referencing
The module will include a number of lectures on ethical issues related to the themes of this module and overall programme of study.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||570.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||600.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThe students will receive feedback on their work at regular (e.g. fortnightly) consultation meetings.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay or Dissertation||15,000 - 30,000||85.00|
|Report||Project Definition Report. 2000 words||10.00|
|In-course Assessment||Effort and Engagement||5.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resit will be by 100% resubmission of the dissertation.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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