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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM044 Module Title: DISSERTATION PROJECT
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M85
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MATTHEWS MC Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 60 Number of ECTS credits: 30
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Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment




Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)












Qualifying Condition(s)




An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.




Module Overview

Completion of taught component of programme at required level.

Module Aims
·         To provide the opportunity for students to undertake a piece of research relating to their programme of study.

To gain experience in the production of a substantial report and to defend their work.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the students will be able to demonstrate:-
·       an in-depth understanding and insight of the topic of their research through the literature and their experience.
·       an ability to conduct research and produce a high quality report.
·       independent, critical and analytical skills and the ability to evaluate evidence.
·       an awareness for new areas of investigation/new problems/new or alternative applications or methodological approach

an ability to synthesise relevant elements of the taught part of the programme. 

Module Content


The project forms a significant component of the MSc degree. It is intended to occupy 600 hours normally over about 100 working days. Projects may be selected from a list provided by the Programme Directors or students may suggest their own project topic. Project topics must be related to the programme of study as outlined below:-


Project Topic area(s)
Bridge Engineering
Bridge Engineering
Civil Engineering
Bridge Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Structural Engineering
Structural Engineering, Bridge Engineering, Soil-Structure interaction with emphasis on the structural component
Water & Environmental Engineering
Water and Environmental Engineering
Water Regulation & Management
Water Regulation & Management
Projects are generally carried out in association with one of the research groups – a member of academic staff or an experienced research worker will be appointed as academic supervisor though day-to-day supervision may sometimes be by a researcher working in the project area. In some cases projects may be undertaken in collaboration with industry.
Further details are given in the Programme Handbook


























Methods of Teaching/Learning
Regular individual supervision. The regularity, timing and arrangements for these will be agreed between the supervisor and the student at the start of the project.

Total student learning time 600 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Required reading
Recommended background reading
Varies according to project; likely to be extensive

Last Updated

6 August 2010