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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5882M MSc Individual Project

60 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Dr. James Mclaughlan

Taught: 1 Oct to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

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. Students work under the supervision of an academic specialist from whom they receive guidance and support.


The module has the following objectives:
- To lean how to 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.
- To learn about project planning and management, emphasizing risk management.
- To explore research ethics, refine critical literature evaluation, and enhance search and retrieval skills.
- To develop proficiency in writing technical reports and papers, emphasising effective communication skills.
- To gain a holistic understanding of project management, ethical research practices, literature evaluation, technical communication, and safety protocols within a concise framework.
- To expand knowledge and expertise in a technical area

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:

1. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex engineering project problems. Much of the knowledge will be at the forefront of engineering project and informed by a critical awareness of new developments and the wider context of engineering.
2. Formulate and analyse complex engineering project problems to reach substantiated conclusions. This will involve evaluating available data using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles, and using engineering judgment to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed.
3. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex engineering project problems.
4. Design solutions for complex engineering project problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate. This will involve consideration of applicable health and safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards.
5. Apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of complex engineering project problems.
6. Identify and analyse ethical concerns and make reasoned ethical choices informed by professional codes of conduct.
7. Use a risk management process to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks (the effects of uncertainty) associated with a particular project or activity.
8. Adopt an inclusive approach to engineering practice and recognise the responsibilities, benefits and importance of supporting equality, diversity and inclusion.
9. Discuss the role of quality management systems and continuous improvement in the context of complex engineering project problems.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills:
a) Application of science, mathematics and/or engineering principles
b) Problem analysis
c) Searching and using technical literature
d) Design skills
e) Integrated systems approach
f) Professional ethics practice
g) Risk management
h) Equality, diversity and inclusion
i) Quality management


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Specific topics in a technical area related to project
• 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

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

1 x Proposal
1 x Viva
1 x Professional Conduct
1 x Project Report

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours580.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

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 AssessmentProposal10.00
In-course AssessmentViva30.00
In-course AssessmentProfessional Conduct20.00
In-course AssessmentReport40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 01/05/2024


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