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Module Code: CEN406
Module Title: Dissertation
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 20.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: ACYR/SEM1
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
The final MSc dissertation comprises an integral component of every engineering postgraduate programme. The overall aim of the module is to make an original and practically significant contribution to knowledge in the specific field of study. The specific aims are to provide literature reviewing, efficient project planning and time management skills. Also, to prepare students for research or investigative work in professional engineering as well as to enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the techniques applicable to research or advanced scholarship in their field of study. Finally, the module aims to facilitate the effective discussion of research outcomes and drawing of conclusions as well as their coherent written and verbal communication.
Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate awareness of the current research trends of the selected engineering topic including the theoretical and best practice aspects.

B. Develop skills associated with the critical review of the relevant literature, the critical evaluation and assessment of research results, the quantitative/qualitative analysis of technical problems and communication of project conclusions.

C. Develop a systematic plan for information gathering, data recording and tracking of investigation progress

D. Analyse experimental/computer results and be able to determine their validity and accuracy against theoretical predictions/experimental observations.

E. Manage the tasks associated with the project, to suggest solutions to problems and to apply critical analysis and judgment.

F. Show experience and enhancement of key skills in planning and/or designing experimental/laboratory/workshop activities using sophisticated research techniques and equipment with due regard to the concepts for risk/safety assessment and management

G. Effectively communicate complex ideas through written report and presentation.
Method of teaching and learning 
Regular meetings/consultations with supervisor; laboratory and other investigative work under direct/indirect supervision (as appropriate); preparation of proposal, interim and final reports, poster or web-page and oral presentation.
Syllabus 
This module enables students to pursue an individual research project under the guidance/ supervision of a member of academic staff. He/she will report findings both verbally and in writing. The purpose of the project is


• 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 in professional engineering;

• To enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the techniques applicable to research or advanced scholarship in their field of study;

• To make an original and practically significant contribution to knowledge.


The dissertation must provide evidence of:

• In-depth understanding of the subject;

• Mastery of research techniques;

• Ability to assemble and analyse data;

• Ability to evaluate the project outcomes.


The project provides the main means for assessing whether a student meets the Descriptor for a higher education qualification for a Master's degree (Taken from Chapter A1, UK Quality Code for Higher Education) http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationandGuidance/Documents/Quality-code-Chapter-A1.pdf
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester     24      576  600 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Dissertation 70.00
2 Log Book Regularly Signed Off By The Supervisor 10.00
3 Presentation 20.00

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