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Unit information: Research Project 3 in 2018/19

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Unit name Research Project 3
Unit code CENG30007
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Vardanega
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aim of this unit is to enable students to learn the skills of managing a significant technical problem that may be loosely defined, and is without an obvious current solution.

Students are able to choose their research topic from a wide range of projects offered. Work may involve theoretical, analytical, computational or experimental studies. Students may suggest a project of their own, subject to the agreement of the Department

Intended learning outcomes

Undertaking a research project is a significant and wide-ranging activity and, as such, will contribute to a wide range of program learning outcomes (PLO), including those in category A Knowledge & understanding. The precise details will depend to some extent on the topic chosen.

On successful completion of the project, students will:

1. be able to explain the topic of their project,

2. have developed research skills and problem-solving abilities,

3. be competent in solving typical problems of a large project,

4. have developed/reinforced their theoretical, analytical, computational and/or experimental skills through application,

5. have become more well-organised and self-motivated,

6. be competent at writing an engineering research paper,

7. have acquired and practised oral presentation skills.

Teaching details

6 hours research skills lectures

Individual project work.

Assessment Details

65% Research Paper (15 pages max, in Department template format)

20% Conference Presentation

10% Conference Poster

5% Progress Viva

Reading and References

Dunn PF, 2014, Measurement and Data Analysis for Engineering and Science (3rd Edition). CRC Press.

Other reading specific to each project.