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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M36
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: THORNE AM Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 60 Number of ECTS credits: 30
Module Availability
Not applicable
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment






Company and Academic Supervisors


Mid Project Report


Company and Academic Supervisors


Final Report


Company and Academic Supervisors


Technical Paper


Supervisors and Independent Examiner




Supervisors and Independent Examiner




Supervisors and Independent Examiner




Supervisors and Independent Examiner


Qualifying Condition(s) 


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


Module Overview
Two compulsory modules in the TP&P programme will normally have been completed before work starts on the project
Module Aims

To enable students to develop and demonstrate.



  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of a topic related to transport.


  • Comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research and a practical understanding of how these are used to create and interpret knowledge.


  • Originality in the application of knowledge and in tackling and solving problems.


  • Independent, critical and analytical skills and the ability to evaluate evidence.
  • Skills in communicating research findings through written, graphical and oral presentation.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:



  • Negotiate with employers and academics to plan a programme of research aimed at advancing the knowledge and capabilities of the profession.


  • Conduct a systematic search for published literature relating to transport and related fields and select relevant material.


  • Critically review the work of others and evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in fields related to transport.


  • Collate ideas from both research and good practice in the workplace and synthesise new approaches to current transport problems.


  • Specify and organise relevant data collection (including surveys and consultation exercises).


  • Critically evaluate data and information and formulate conclusions.


  • Synthesise a coherent argument and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Present work at the standard of a professional paper and defend the content, judgements and conclusions in an oral presentation.
Module Content

Stu dents will take a short course in research methods including:



·         Writing a proposal


·         The purposes of a literature review


·         Using library resources


·         Errors and uncertainties (including problems due to incomplete data)


·         Collection and presentation of data


·         Communication of research findings


·         Management and exploitation of research through industry



Projects should be set up with the advice of the company supervisor and may cover work undertaken by the student and/or the company. Issues of confidentiality must be reviewed with the supervisors. The work must be independent of the work undertaken in the Work Place Based Module (SE1M34) if taken by the student. The student must draft a standard proposal for the project, which must be agreed with both the industrial and academic supervisors before work on the project may commence. 

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Short course on research methods.


Regular individual supervision from the company appointed supervisor and occasional discussions with the academic supervisor. The regularity, timing and arrangements for these will be agreed between the supervisors and the student at the start of the project.

Selected Texts/Journals

Required reading


Recommended background reading

Varies according to project; likely to be extensive

Davies JW, Communication skills. Prentice Hall, 2001

Siddons S, Presentation Skills, Institute of Personnel and Development, 1999

Last Updated

06 February 2009