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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: ENGM169
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: BAKER MA Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 75 Number of ECTS credits: 37.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern
Written Dissertation 100%
Module Overview
All M.Sc. students undertake a project. For Diploma candidates a project may contribute to accumulating the required credits. Individual projects are not available to Certificate candidates.
Depending upon the topic of the project certain taught modules may be strongly recommended from among the optional modules available.
Module Aims
To provide an opportunity for individual postgraduate taught students to demonstrate their capability to plan and conduct a demanding individual experimentally-based project to a given deadline within the overall context of the programme theme. Also to enable them to demonstrate independent critical thought in the analysis of the results obtained as discussed in the dissertation. 
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module, students should have demonstrated the ability to work with personal responsibility for a demanding task under limited supervision, using appropriate planning, analytical and qualitative methods. They should have developed comprehensive knowledge and understanding of science and engineering practice through experiment design, instrumentation operation, sample preparation, process development etc. Students should have improved their interpersonal, multi-tasking and time management skills through working with other colleagues to complete the experimental programme. Other skills developed include the ability to research the literature, critically assess experimental data, prepare formal reports and respond to progressive questioning of their methods and conclusions.
Module Content
The project is intended to allow individual student specialization within the theme of the programme, building on taught modules. Each project should include where appropriate elements of investigation, analysis, the use of independent critical thought, communication and presentational skills leading to a final dissertation submission.
Full-time students will chose from a selection of projects offered by academics in different areas of materials science and engineering. Part-time students will submit proposals, agreed by their management, for projects to be undertaken in their place of work, which fulfil the module criteria. When a proposal has been accepted an academic supervisor will be appointed.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The project is an individual project undertaken by all M.Sc. students and some Diploma students, each supervised by one or more academic staff related to the programme. SE3M XXX is a 75 credit module reflecting a total student learning time of 750 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Agreed list of subject related texts and published papers.
Recommended background reading
'Writing a Report:How to Prepare, Write and Present Effective Reports' J.Bowden; How To Books Ltd, 7th Edition (2004) ISBN: 978-1857039221 .
Last Updated
18 August 2009