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Unit information: Research Project in 2021/22

Unit name Research Project
Unit code CENGM0049
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Mylonakis
Open unit status Not open

Progress to the Dissertation is governed by 37.10 of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes, namely that "Progression to the dissertation stage is normally only permitted on the satisfactory completion of the taught component."



School/department Department of Civil 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. The output will be a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the students will be able to:

ILO 1. have developed research skills and problem-solving abilities to a masters level

ILO 2. be able to solve scientific problems independently

ILO 3. have developed advanced theoretical, analytical, computational and/or experimental skills through application

ILO 4. be very competent at writing an engineering dissertation

Teaching Information

Students will undertake individual project work under supervision by a faculty member.

No contact hours are timetabled but students will be expected to meet with their project supervisor (which may be online) and will be scheduled on a project-by-project basis.

Assessment Information

100% Dissertation (maximum 15,000 words in the departmental template) (ILO 1-4) made up of two components: marking of the written thesis (80%) and oral defence (20%).


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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.

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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.