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FEEG6015 iPhD Project

Module Overview

Your research project will enable you to explore in depth some aspect of your specific theme. In preparation for this module, you are assigned a project topic and supervisor. All research projects are carried out at the University of Southampton and are supervised by a Southampton academic. Projects have been designed with focus on a research question of relevance to your specific theme. You will have weekly tutorials and meetings, either in person or electronically, with your supervisor or, if your supervisor is unavailable, a delegated deputy. Your will produce a report (dissertation) which is due in September (submission date to be specified annually). You are advised to complete all research and practical work towards the end of August so that you can concentrate on writing up during early September.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

1. To give you the opportunity to demonstrate advanced knowledge of a subject in your specific theme. 2. To provide the opportunity to work in a research-led environment taking into account practical and strategic constraints and objectives of research and development outside your university (such as in industrial, governmental and other organisations). 3. To develop research skills and prepare you for a career in research and development.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the challenges of work in a research-led environment taking into account practical and strategic constraints and objectives.
  • Use the developed skills when carrying out research projects in a future career in research and development.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of a subject in your specific theme.

Syllabus

The particular content of the work will be driven by the project requirements of your topic within your specific theme. Regarding the execution of the project during the summer months: whilst there are no fixed timetabled teaching sessions these meetings are very important and need to be agreed early on in the project process at times mutually convenient to both supervisor and student. Preferably the meetings take place at the same time on the same day each week to avoid confusion. Students have responsibility for taking the initiative in planning and managing these meetings and should maintain regular contact with their supervisor. It is good practice to produce agenda lists and any questions you wish to ask before supervisor meetings and send these to the supervisor before the meeting. After the meeting, it is good practice to produce notes on topics discussed, all actions agreed and any target dates for completion of tasks, and to also circulate these notes to all attendees of the meeting.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include regular interaction with supervisors to discuss project aims and progress. Where appropriate, you will engage with the associated research group and the project sponsor. The project will help you to develop your skills in areas such as research techniques, project management, and report writing. Learning activities include self-study, reading, note taking, software design and development, and applied computational modelling, problem solving and an extended piece of writing.

TypeHours
Teaching15
Independent Study585
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

Textbooks and other materials. Information on appropriate specialized resources will be communicated by the supervisor and will be placed on blackboards For resources which are required or considered useful for the module: key texts, text books, data books, software, web sites, other sources of related information.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Feedback on progress is mainly provided by regular meetings with your project supervisor. You should note that it is likely your supervisor will be away at some point during the summer to attend conferences, or on vacation. During this time your supervisor will provide supervision cover by an electronic communication mechanism such as email, or by appointing a deputy supervisor. Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes: The module is centered around self-driven research-led learning, supported by supervisor guidance. This directly drives the outcomes.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 100%

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:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

The printing costs associated with dissertation are the responsibility of the student

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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