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Unit information: Individual Research Project (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering) in 2021/22

Unit name Individual Research Project (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering)
Unit code MENG30009
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Phil Mellor
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The Individual Research Project provides students with an opportunity to develop the skills required to scope and solve real, open-ended problems, to plan and organise work, and effectively communicate results. This involves evaluation of academic literature to establish the state of the art in the relevant discipline, in order to address an open-ended engineering question through analytical, design, numerical and/or experimental methods.

The projects are wide-ranging and often multidisciplinary. Projects may be scientific and involve the study of certain phenomena, may be technology or product-orientated with a design emphasis, or may be on a topic related to systems and management.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Find relevant research literature and analyse and interpret it in the context of a given problem.
  • Gather, refine and process appropriate data and visualise the results in an effective manner.
  • Carry out risk assessments relating to their project work.
  • Apply engineering knowledge and techniques (analytical, design, numerical or experimental) to solve an open-ended engineering problem.
  • Critically evaluate technical results.
  • Communicate technical results via structured technical report and presentation.
  • Effectively discuss and verbally defend technical knowledge.

Teaching Information

Students will be allocated an academic member of staff who will supervise their work throughout the duration of the project. The overall specification of the project is decided by the supervisor with input from the student. They will discuss technical aspects and the supervisor will advise on project direction in regular meetings. The individual research supervision meetings are complemented by a range of non-project-specific resources on topics such as planning, literature searching, report writing and presentation skills.

Assessment Information

The Individual Project will include a written report and presentation followed by a viva leading to a single summative mark. The marking criteria will take account of performance in both parts. Formative feedback will be provided during supervision meetings.

Other Pass Requirements:
In addition to achieving the minimum pass mark students must complete a stage gate assessment in order to be awarded credit points.


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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.