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Unit information: Technical Project in 2015/16

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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 Dr. Homer
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.

The project is undertaken during the Autumn and Spring Terms with submission of the final report after the Easter vacation. Project vivas, web page and poster sessions then take place early in the Summer Term.

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

Students work either singly or in pairs, under the guidance of their project supervisor (who also acts as the student’s personal tutor). There is very rarely any formal teaching as a part of this unit; instead, the student and supervisor together map out the likely course of the project. Contact is nominally 1 hr/week but may exceed this depending on the student’s progress.

Assessment Information

Written Report and Viva : 90% (all learning objectives), Poster and Web Page: 10% (learning objective 4)

Reading and References

Depends on project student chooses to do