Engineering

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ECMM154 - Structural Engineering Dissertation (2015)

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MODULE TITLEStructural Engineering Dissertation CREDIT VALUE60
MODULE CODEECMM154 MODULE CONVENERProf James Brownjohn (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 19
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This dissertation will give you the chance to demonstrate your knowledge, to exercise your initiative and personal responsibility, and to use the research techniques and skills you have developed throughout your degree. You will be required to solve a research or industrially-related practical problem based on the topics learned within, but not exclusive to, the Structural Engineering programme. The project work will lead to a major piece of work (dissertation) of approximately 30,000 words that involves project planning, analytical or experimental and its interpretation, showing how the goals of the project have been met.

As part of the research project, you are expected to undertake a considerable amount of self study. There is no formal taught component in the module, apart from suggested regular meetings with the supervisor.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of the project and associated dissertation is to showcase a range of your abilities, including effective communication skills. You will have the chance to undertake individual research of a technical nature at Masters level related to structural engineering.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of knowledge in areas appropriate to the chosen research project at the forefront of the academic discipline;
2. Show comprehensive understanding of research techniques and methodologies applicable to the research area of the project.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

3. Utilise knowledge with critical awareness in areas appropriate to the chosen research project at the forefront of the academic discipline;
4. Apply research techniques and methodologies with critical awareness appropriate to the research area of the project;
5. Take an analytical, systematic and creative approach to problem solving in the chosen research project.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

6. Prove independence and self-direction in problem solving and decision making;
7. Exercise initiative and personal responsibility in professional practice;
8. Illustrate effective communication skills using a variety of commonly available media and techniques.

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Programme of work to be set by the project supervisor.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 18.00 Guided Independent Study 582.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 18 Supervision
Guided independent study 582 Dissertation writing, private study
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
There will be opportunities to reflect on and review work undertaken towards assessed Coursework.     Discussion within Tutorials
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 90 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 10
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Dissertation 90 30,000 words All Written
Interview 10 30 minute interview All Written
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
All above Coursework 100% All To be decided by examination board
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Reassessment is by coursework 100%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

Including ECMM410 (Research Methodology module lecture notes)

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 60 ECTS VALUE 30
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 07 October 2014 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 28 May 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Structural engineering; dissertation