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Module Title Research Project
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 04 20546
Module Lead Dr Grant Wilson
Level Masters Level
Credits 40
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-2 hours
Project supervision-23 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-270 hours
Guided independent study-105 hours
Total: 400 hours
Description A research project spanning both terms. Students arrange themselves into groups of 2 or 3. They are assigned projects from a list of proposals, on the basis of their stated preferences. Projects are intended to have some industrial relevance. The format of the project can vary considerably (experimental, theoretical, literature-based), but in all cases, research is carried out by the project group. This is under the supervision of a member of staff (and other advisors as appropriate), but the students are expected to show initiative and self-direction.

Before commencing the project work, students meet their supervisors and prepare a brief “pre-project report” to include a plan of their proposed research and a literature survey of the field. At the end of semester 2 a final report covering literature survey and experimental/theoretical results of the research is required. The reports are individual (i.e., one per student) and are marked by 2 independent academics. There is a short viva voce examination for each student, where they defend their final report.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Collect and assess research literature
  • Take initiative in planning research
  • Organise their time in conducting research
  • Perform their research carefully and accurately, with due regard to health and Safety requirements
  • Process and analyse data
  • Present their research results in a professional manner
Assessment 20546-01 : Combined Total Mark : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 10% Supervisor mark on lab performance, pre-project report and plan, 70% Final report, 20% Viva voce exam: (in person or via zoom / skype).
Other As defined by project supervisors.
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