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Unit information: Technical Project in 2021/22

Unit name Technical Project
Unit code EMATM5000
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. John Hogan
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

In the final year, every student is required to undertake a major project. In the final year project you will be able to practice skills taught during the rest of the degree course. However, the project will be more creative than your previous taught courses. It will promote research skills which may be important in your future career. Projects are have supervision across Departments in the Faculty and may include a contribution from industry. While there is supervision by a tutor throughout, the project is largely self-motivated and will often require you to take the initiative.

Aim: Formally the aim of the project is to develop research methodology, analytical and presentational skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The project will enable you to:

  1. Reinforce your mathematical and/or computational skills through applying them in the realistic context of a major project
  2. Develop advanced research methodology and analytical skills
  3. Become more self-reliant, well organised and self-motivated
  4. Develop written and oral communication skills with a range of audiences
  5. Learn how to structure a substantial report

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered though regular supervision meetings involving discussion of progress, technical advice, and guidance. These will be supplemented by a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, supported by live online sessions, to provide the key organisational and practical skills required for the project.

Assessment Information

3 x Summative Assessments:

  1. Interim Project Report due at the end of TB1: 10% (all learning objectives)
  2. Written Report and Viva: 80% (all learning objectives)
  3. Poster: 10% (learning objective 4)


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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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