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H84IRP Individual Research Project
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 60

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Core module for students registered for the MSc in Chemical Engineering

Taught Semesters:

Summer Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

This module is an individual research project conducted under the supervision of a member of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering academic staff who is expert in the field. It enables a deeper study of a particular advanced aspect of chemical engineering covered earlier in the taught modules. It will develop the student's individual abilities to plan, analyse, criticise and report on a research study. The project may be a practically based laboratory or pilot plant study, a computer based study or a theoretical study.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Tutorial 0 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Workload for the whole exercise will comprise a minimum of 12 hours of supervision (weekly meeting with supervisor) and 438 hours of study of literature on their topic, development and execution of research plan, and reporting on the work both orally and in a final thesis.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Dissertation 100 10-15,000 words 

Professor C Snape

Education Aims:  

In addition to gaining detailed knowledge in the specific topic of study, the aim is for the student to gain skills in planning, executing and reporting on an individual research study thereby developing their powers of analysis, independence and critical judgement.

Learning Outcomes:  

S1m- Extensive knowledge and understanding of management and business practices, and their limitations, and how these may be applied appropriately. S2m- The ability to make general evaluations of commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks. P1m-Extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of chemical/environmental engineering processes and process equipment. P2m-Extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of chemical engineering processes and process equipment. P3m-Ability to apply chemical engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints. .

Offering School:  Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

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