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ENVS3019 Individual Project

Module Overview

The Individual Project is a learning experience that enables you to carry out research and bring together many of the concepts that you have learnt over the first two years of the course as well as the knowledge and skills learnt during part III. You will conduct your project through careful planning, research and execution of the tasks whilst developing critical judgement, communication skills and competence in your subject area. The work from this project will provide you with the opportunity to produce information or results which can be of immediate value. Further details are provided in the Individual Project Student Guidance, which is available on Blackboard. This guidance may be updated from ime to time, and includes information generally on how to plan the project, and on milestones, important dates, and deliverables.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- To develop a basic ability to define a research question, evaluate the background critically and to gain a comprehension of the context for the work - To plan and execute an investigation in response to that question and throughout to work with an appropriate level of detail - To apply appropriate quantitative research and engineering tools to the critical analysis of problems - To develop a systematic and critical approach to enquiry through the planning, execution and presentation of a piece of work which involves the application of research techniques. - To develop your independence, initiative, versatility and critical thinking. - To integrate previously learnt and taught knowledge and skills - To develop critical faculties for evaluating research. - To provide an opportunity to pursue extended research into an interesting topic and to provide an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding on the context of that topic. -To gain an understanding of engineering and research principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key processes, including for the analysis of unfamiliar problems.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Completing the risk assessment process
  • Problem solving, planning and meeting deadlines
  • Selecting, gathering, evaluating and synthesizing information from a range of sources
  • Using information and communication technology to acquire, collate, process and analyse data
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Extracting data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and applying solutions from an appropriate wide background.
  • Designing and testing skills; preparing, processing, interpreting and presenting data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and computer software
  • Communicating ideas and arguments effectively in a variety of written and oral formats
  • Managing processes for the effective planning of self-learning and improvement of own performance


Dependent upon the subject of the project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - Regular interaction with supervisor to discuss project aims and progress. - Lectures on - Module briefing - Risk assessment process - Information skills - Projects aims and objectives, academic integrity - Literature Review, time management and organisation - Report writing, poster presentation and oral questions - Laboratory training as required by the project Learning activities include - Learning through reading, note taking, problem solving, independent research, and (depending on the chosen project), design, use and validation of models (numerical or analytical) and experiments. - Learning through the independent production of reports, poster, delivery of presentation and response to oral questions. - Learning through written and oral feedback from the supervisor.

Independent Study270
Project supervision20
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Individual Project Student Guidelines (available on Blackboard). 



MethodPercentage contribution
Poster Presentation and Oral Examination 10%
Report 90%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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