Module Catalogues

MRes Dissertation Project

Module Title MRes Dissertation Project
Module Level Level 4
Module Credits 40.00

Aims and Fit of Module

Students will carry out an individual project under the supervision of a member of academic staff. They will report findings both verbally and in writing. The purpose of the module is as follows. 
•To provide students with the opportunity to plan, carry out and control a research project at the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice.
•To prepare students for research or investigative work as a professional engineer or computer scientist.
•To enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the techniques applicable to research.
•To make an original contribution to knowledge.
The dissertation must provide evidence of the following.
•An in-depth understanding of the subject area chosen for the dissertation.
•A mastery of research techniques relevant to the topic area.
•The ability to collect and analyse empirical data.
•The ability to evaluate project outcomes.

Learning outcomes

A. Demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of the relevant scientific literature associated with the project;
B. Understand all aspects of working as an engineer or computer scientist in the planning, design and execution of academic or technical activities to solve specific problems;
C. Master necessary intellectual abilities to define a problem, gather and evaluate research information, manage risks, analyse data and propose new technologies;
D. Have the practical skills to be able to use appropriate analysis software, IT tools or research equipment necessary to carry out relevant experimental, laboratory, or workshop activities;
E. Effectively communicate project work and findings through a formal presentation and/or structured dissertation thesis;
F. Understand and participate in the legal, social, ethical and professional framework in systems, software or information engineering

Method of teaching and learning

Regular meetings/consultations with supervisor; laboratory and other investigative work under direct/indirect supervision (as appropriate); preparation of project specification and final thesis, poster or web-page and oral presentation.