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Unit information: Research Project in 2020/21

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Unit name Research Project
Unit code EENGM8000
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Cryan
Open unit status Not open

Satisfactory completion of the taught units of the course



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Research projects normally involve an extended investigation into the application of a novel component or technique, and they offer the opportunity for an in-depth study of a specialised subject. Each project is carried out under the supervision of a member of staff. Importance is given to the planning of the work programme, the setting and achievement of objectives, the costing of designs where appropriate, and the presentation of the results of the work.


The precise content of a project will vary between individual students and supervisors. However, the work to be performed will, in general, not be repeating known work or techniques, other than where a new application is being explored. In this way the student will be encountering new challenges and is encouraged to seek and propose his or her own solutions to these challenges and hence demonstrate individual ability. The project will involve the design of either an item of hardware, or a piece of software and includes the documenting of the work in the form of a thesis at the end of the project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Project Phase

The project contains a research or investigative element which allows you to demonstrate individual talent and intellectual ability. It attempts to mirror a research and/or development project of the type you might encounter upon graduation and as such contains elements of project planning and budgetary control. The project report also provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate report structuring and writing skills.

Teaching Information

Ongoing project supervision provided by project supervisor(s).

Assessment Information

Project phase assessment

  • Poster presentation
  • Final project thesis

Poster presentation

This will be performed by two members of staff who will undertake the assessment separately. They will first read through your poster and then ask you a number of questions relating to the work described. You will be given the opportunity to present any demonstrations you have prepared.

Reading and References

There are 12 branch libraries covering different disciplines and members of the University may use any of them. However, the Queen’s Building Library has the most relevant collections for the Electrical & Electronic Engineering students.

There are many information resources available to Electrical & Electronic Engineers. Library Services provides access to the most important ones via our resource gateway, MetaLib.

Barrass, R., Scientists Must Write, Science Paperbacks, 1978 Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers: editorial house style Kirkman, J., Good Style for Scientific and Engineering Writing, Pitman, 1992 University of Wales MSc. Student Handbook Van Emden, J., Handbook of Writing for Engineers, McMillan, 1990