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Unit information: Extended Research Project in 2015/16

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Unit name Extended Research Project
Unit code AENGM0006
Credit points 100
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Hamerton
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This is a compulsory 100cp unit and an integral part of a 180cp MRes in Advanced Composites. This unit comprises an extended individual research project, which serves to prepare the students for their subsequent PhD project. It is a six-month undertaking and commences officially on 1st June each year.

The aim of the unit is to provide the opportunity for a substantial and original piece of research work of engineering relevance at Master’s level. It may be wholly research or include aspects of novel design, and/ or systems engineering, which is orientated towards theoretical and/or experimental work. Integral to this project are project management skills, communication skills, reasoning skills, originality and creativity in problem solving. Students are also expected to maintain a high standard of record keeping and management of information through an individual logbook.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, the students will be able to: - undertake an original research activity - plan and prepare a concise, written technical report in the format of a journal paper - orally present the technical subject, including handling questions and tailoring technical and specialist knowledge and information to a broader audience - adopt a high standard of record keeping and management of information.

Teaching Information

Ongoing project supervision provided by project supervisor(s).

Assessment Information

  • Pass/fail - Report Outline (submitted to Unit director only and employed as a feedback mechanism to ensure students are on-track for report submission)
  • 80% - Report (Journal Paper)
  • 20% - Presentation
  • Pass/fail – Logbook (submitted as evidence of student working practices and information management – best practice feedback reviewed by supervisor throughout project and CDT staff after project completion)

Reading and References

Students are advised individually by their project supervisor(s) on appropriate references depending on their choice of project.