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Course Overview

This course provides MEng students with the opportunity to undertake self study on a topic relevant to his/her degree programme.  The topic should allow the student to extend his/her knowledge of an area of engineering, which may have been discussed briefly within the degree programme.  Although topics are generally proposed by staff, there is the opportunity for a student to propose a topic of particular interest, provided it meets the learning outcomes of the course.  The course includes two six week long studies over the semester with feedback after both submissions.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Course Description

The course comprises two exercises, which involve in depth technical self-study on a topic related to the MEng specialism (defined by the programme) of individual students. The exercise may take the form of, for example, an intelligent synthesis of published material on a topic, critical analysis of literature, comparison of methods of analysis or back analysis of case studies. Each exercise requires the student to produce a written paper on the specialist topic. Both exercises are examined by continuous assessment with the student also undertaking a conference presentation on one of the topics.

Further Information & Notes

(i) Available only to students in programme year 5 of an MEng programme or with the permission of the Head of Engineering. (ii) A full-time student undertakes this course in the first half-session. The timing for a part-time student is determined on an individual case basis.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

The first paper is weighted 30%. The second paper is weighted 50% with the presentation being weighted 20%.

Formative Assessment

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Written feedback will be provided by the supervisor of the first and second papers after these have been assessed and by a panel of 3 academics who will sit in on the presentations.

Course Learning Outcomes


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