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Unit information: Research Project 4: Preparation for Research Degree in 2021/22

Unit name Research Project 4: Preparation for Research Degree
Unit code AENGM0068
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Trask
Open unit status Not open

Research Project 3 (AENG30017).

A mark of 70 or greater in Research Project 3 would normally be expected to be able to take this unit.

An academic supervisor must be agreed in advance, and a research proposal must be prepared as part of the application and selection process for this unit. The proposal is evaluated by independent academics. The final approval to take this unit is subject to agreement from the academic supervisor and unit director.



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to enable students to further develop the skills of managing a significant technical problem that is loosely defined, and the solution, or method of approach, that has much that is unknown. Specifically, this unit aims to prepare students for application to a research degree (PhD), by enabling indepth individual study, in combination with developing scientific communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this project, the student will have acquired skills to:

1. scope a research proposal to address an open-ended problem,

2. evaluate and critique academic and technical literature,

3. apply engineering knowledge to solve novel and open-ended problems,

4. independently develop technical depth (analytical, numerical, experimental) through application,

5. critically analyse and evaluate technical results,

6. effectively communicate in-depth technical knowledge in the format of an academic paper,

7. effectively communicate technical knowledge in an oral presentation,

8. effectively discuss and defend technical knowledge verbally.

Teaching Information

This unit consists of individual project work with an allocated supervisor

Assessment Information

Formative assessments:

written research proposal (as part of unit selection process) (ILO 1);

critical peer review of a research paper in relevant field of study (ILO 2);

Summative assessments:

[60%] - research paper (ILO 2-6)

[20%] - conference presentation (ILO 7)

[20%] - oral examination by subject experts (ILO 8)

Presentation and oral examination may be conducted online


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.