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Unit information: Research Project Proposal in 2015/16

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Unit name Research Project Proposal
Unit code MENGM6021
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Alemzadeh
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Students carry out one or several tasks related to their research project following completion of their Literature Review (MENGM6041): The tasks will be agreed with the supervisor and the total credit for all is 10 credit points. For example if there were two tasks, Task 1 could typically be a design study, lumped parameter analysis, manufacture of prototype models and preliminary experiments specifically related to the major research project. Task 2 will be the proposal proper featuring, typically, a description of a technical problem, shortlist of approaches, evaluation of each approach, choice of approach for the research project, costs of equipment and project plan. The student will submit one report for all tasks.


The unit aims to teach the student how to make a feasibility study of a chosen research project, to include a costed proposal in the context of mechanical engineering projects generally. Professional engineers and scientists use the same skills in making proposals to government organisations, research funding bodies and industrial clients.

Intended learning outcomes

The student should be able to:

  1. use databases to find specific sources of information.
  2. learn autonomously how to use technical information and data in the design of experiments.
  3. learn autonomously to use methods such as metrics or morphological charts to assess different courses of action.
  4. present a logical, coherent argument for a programme of work that addresses a specific technical problem.

Teaching details

Tutorial sessions to support tasks.

Assessment Details

20 page report for the combined tasks (100%).20 page reports to include all images, diagrams and appendices. Report marked by allocated supervisor.

Reading and References

  • Project Management, 3rd edition, Harvey Maylor, (Prentice Hall), 2002
  • Writing Successful Science Proposals, A.J. Friedland & C.L. Folt, (New Haven: Yale University Press), 1999