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To course aims to develop independent research and project management skills and to improve technical writing and critical analysis ability. The student will be required to conduct an individual piece of research over an extended period of time and to produce a coherent body of work to a deadline. Guidance will be provided by an academic supervisor but it is expected that the work and effort is driven and managed by the student. The output consists of a presentation followed by a question and answer session and a thesis of 12,500 to 15,000 words. The practical and experimental skills learnt are dependent upon the type of project chosen.
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Thesis (85%) – all theses are independently marked by the project supervisor and one other academic. On completion of the marking the two markers compare marks and come to a consensus on the final mark. The module co-ordinator acts as a mediator if required.
Presentation and oral exam (15%)
The individual project may cover any subject so long as it contains sufficient academic content and is relevant to mechanical engineering. Projects maybe practical or theoretical, projects that are just literature reviews are not normally acceptable. The project topic is usually selected by the student from a list of projects suggested by members of staff. Students are not guaranteed their first choice of project. Students may suggest their own project topic provided a member of staff is willing to adopt and supervise that project. Approval for a self suggested project should be sought as soon as possible and no later than January. Projects can be with industrial partner. Projects that are military or commercially classified are not acceptable. The subject matter of the thesis must include an element related to the theme(s) of the Masters programme.
Ability to develop, monitor & update a plan, to reflect a changing operating environment
The module involves a major research project; planning, monitoring progress and adapting the plan to the changing situation are necessary skills.
Ability to monitor and adjust a personal program of work on an on-going basis, and to learn independently
The MSc individual project forms a significant personal work load requiring well developed self study and independent learning skills. Students are required to produce a work plan and this is reviewed at monthly intervals with project supervisor
The ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader
No team work, but students are expected to manage their own project.
The ability to learn new theories, concepts and methods etc and apply these in unfamiliar situations
Normal learning situation common to all degree programs. Particularly emphasised in this research project where one topic is taken to considerable depth.