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Unit information: Dissertation project in 2021/22

Unit name Dissertation project
Unit code MENGM0043
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Hadi Abulrub
Open unit status Not open

Progress to the Dissertation is governed by the University 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 Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

In the Dissertation Project, students work individually, although with the possibility of collaborating with coupled projects, to undertake a significant project, and which may be run in association with industrial companies and relevant University research teams.

The projects could encompass one or both aspects of technical elements and business management, although in all cases the business context should be addressed. The technical aspects require the students to integrate and apply the specialist knowledge gained through the taught elements of their programme pathway. The business management aspects require the students to address issues related to the management context of their project.

The precise content of a project will vary between individual students and supervisors. However, the work to be performed will not be repeating known work or techniques. In this way the student(s) will be encountering new challenges and encouraged to seek and propose their own solutions to these challenges and hence demonstrate individual ability.

The project aims to develop and assess students’ abilities to plan, undertake and manage independent engineering with management work, and to communicate the results of that work both orally and in writing to a professional audience.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful engagement with the unit the participants should be able to:

  1. Plan, manage, co-ordinate and execute a dissertation project in the field of engineering with management appropriate for award level.
  2. Develop a detailed project brief, which reflects the requirements of relevant stakeholders.
  3. Conduct a thorough literature review on a specific topic, demonstrating the ability to critically analyse and evaluate the work of others.
  4. Apply research skills and problem-solving abilities to a master’s level
  5. Plan and prepare a concise, written dissertation

Teaching Information

The unit will be delivered through a combination of classroom lectures taught by academic staff and invited guest speakers (subject experts) and supported project and case study workshops in a studio setting. Learning materials will be made available to students in advance via Blackboard.

Assessment Information

100% - Dissertation


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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.