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FEEG6001 Research Project for MRes

Module Overview

The MRes research project is an independent, original and critical piece of research in your chosen field. Your project and supervisor(s) will be agreed in advance and the project will focus on a research question relevant to your specific theme. You will conduct an in-depth literature review in your chosen field and use this to develop the research question, methodology and analysis techniques appropriate for your study. You will communicate the results of the research project by dissertation, orally and through a poster presentation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to provide you with? Experience of, and the opportunity to gain expertise in, rigorous, leading edge research in an engineering and/or environmental science discipline; Broad knowledge of the contextual background of your research problem in the general field of engineering and the environment; A sound understanding of the theoretical foundations of your chosen discipline and area of research; Training in generic and transferable research skills; A high quality and intellectually stimulating experience of learning in a supportive, research-led environment; The ability to interpret and critically evaluate research and scholarship in areas of engineering and the environment.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Current scientific and technological principles underlying your MRes topic in engineering and the environment.
  • Current research issues relevant to your MRes topic in engineering and the environment.
  • The terminology used in your MRes topic in engineering and the environment.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The capacity to present ideas, arguments and research findings effectively to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Communication and presentation skills through seminar presentations and production of a research proposal and dissertation.
  • The value and need for multi-disciplinary approaches in advancing knowledge.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • General mathematical and statistical tools and approaches relevant to your MRes topic in engineering and the environment.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Theory, practice, analysis and interpretation of data in your MRes topic in engineering and the environment.
  • The ability to contribute to the research and development needs of the discipline sector.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Theoretical and empirical developments at the research frontiers in your MRes topic in engineering and the environment.
  • The principles of research design and research strategy.

Syllabus

The MRes Research Project will be in your chosen field of research and involve the in-depth study of a particular problem, technique or process in engineering or environmental science. It will involve a broad contextual overview of the problem area and the specific issues to be investigated. A rigorous literature will be conducted of relevant and related work and used to design the detailed study to be performed. Experimental, theoretical, simulation and other research activities will be developed appropriate for the research topic and results will be critically appraised in a written thesis and oral/poster presentation. Regular meetings will be held with the supervisor(s) and you will be responsible for planning, managing and recording the outcomes.

Special Features

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Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Individual guidance by project supervisor on literature research, project design and planning, setting up apparatus as required, performing measurements and/or simulations, gathering data, analysis of results and presentation of work. Directed and self-directed literature research and reading. Directed and self-directed preparation of research design, implementation, analysis and reporting. Guided by your supervisor, you will develop your ability to evaluate alternative experimental designs and analysis methods, implement research plans, collect and analyse data, draw conclusions and report your research work. Depending on the quality and originality of your work, you may have the experience of preparing a manuscript for submission to an academic journal. You will prepare two interim reports; one which is a preliminary literature review in month 4, another which is a poster presentation in month 8. In addition you are required to make a seminar presentation in your research group’s seminar series at some point in month 9-11.

TypeHours
Project supervision36
Independent Study1164
Total study time1200

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Referral Method: A candidate failing to achieve the Pass Mark in this module may submit a revised dissertation on one occasion only. Further experimental work, where relevant, is not normally permitted. The mark for a resubmitted dissertation will be combined with the previously achieved marks for the oral presentation. The Module mark achieved will be Capped at the Module Pass Mark to determine any degree classification.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 80%
Oral examination 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Oral examination 20%
Revised Dissertation 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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