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This module is an individual investigative project conducted in the third year of the BEng and MEng degree courses. Students conduct a project on a relevant topic under the supervision of an academic member of staff, and produce a written report and other project outputs, e.g. design drawings, prototype or software. This is laid down as a compulsory element of the degree programme by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for students to obtain an accredited degree leading to Incorporated or Chartered Engineer qualification.
The project work will be of an investigative nature and may involve analytical, numerical, design and experimental elements. The initiative for carrying out all aspects of the work rests with each student.
Students can carry out an investigation into a problem either chosen from a list of suitable problems proposed by individual members of staff, or on a problem of their own suggestion. Self-proposed project topics must be approved by the Module Coordinator and have an agreed supervisor.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
There will be an introduction to the project module in Year 2 when the list of projects will be issued together with detailed instructions for selecting a project and subsequent procedures to be followed throughout the course up to and submission of the final report. There will be a compulsory session on plagiarism and research skills.
Students conduct the individual project throughout Year 3 under the supervision of an academic member of staff.