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H14POD Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students on relevant MSc Engineering Programmes There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 


H14ERP Advanced Engineering Research Preparation 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  
A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:

  • Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
  • Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
  • Measurement and error analysis
  • Development of laboratory skills including safety & risk assessment

    Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:
  • Meshing for computational engineering applications
  • Modelling using CAE packages
  • Use of CES Selector software
  • Specific laboratory familiarisation
  • Use of MSVisio software for process flow
  • Use of HYSYS process modelling software
  • Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits

    The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.

    Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Seminar 12 weeks1 per week3 hours

    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

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Coursework 1 40 2000 word literature review on a topic relevant to MSc programme. 
    Coursework 2 Formative health & safety risk assessment 
    Coursework 3 60 2000 word max planning report; topics to be specific to individual MSc courses and specialist training 

    Dr R Mackenzie

    Education Aims:  
    To develop the essential student skills so that they make effective use of computing and laboratory resources during the main MSc project. Further familiarisation with the specialist area of study.

    Learning Outcomes:  
    On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • LO1 Formulate and evaluate methods of experimental measurement and error analysis.
  • LO2 Synthesize experimental data using a variety of software tools.
  • LO3 Demonstrate the application of the main principles of project planning and management.
  • LO4 Assess and mitigate against potential project risk and safety issues.
  • LO5 Demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to work as a team.

    Offering School:  Engineering Faculty

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