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CSM3403 - Renewable Energy Dissertation (2012)

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MODULE TITLERenewable Energy Dissertation CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM3403 MODULE CONVENERDr Peter Connor (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 4 4 1
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 47
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The Third Year Dissertation offers the opportunity to increase depth of study into a particular area of renewable energy in line with your specific interests. It is a chance to develop an idea, design or test a device, review the literature, work with a local company or carry out other renewable energy related piece of research. The dissertation might be in a specialist area where you want to develop your career, a plan for a piece of it or just something that you would like to dig a bit deeper into. Students have a personal supervisor available for one-on-one tuition throughout the year.

There are no pre-requisites for completing the module.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This project provides the student with the opportunity to carry out individual research. Project titles will be chosen from a list at the beginning of the academic year. Students will start work on the design project in the last week of Term 1 and work through Term 2.

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

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1

That you have gained in-depth knowledge on a specific topic of relevance to the renewable energy discipline in the dissertation report (for example: synthesis via literature review, design calculations, experimental work, policy ideas, commercial strategies, etc.). Students will have demonstrated that they have gained experience beyond standardized solutions, generally known outcomes or methods and will have demonstrated that they have ability to identify, define and solve challenging problems. A particularly desirable outcome is evidence of independent / innovative thought and/or design.

2

That they autonomously planned and managed, and have made effective use of, suitable resources such as software aids (eg FLUENT, SOLIDWORKS, LUSAS, IES, IPSA+, AutoCAD), laboratory facilities and equipment, field stations and sites (Holmans Test Mine, Windy Adit, Penponds Mill, etc.), literature search facilities, in the exploration of their topic of study.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

3

That they can think creatively and integrate advanced subject specific knowledge and understanding from previous modules into the analysis and solution of a challenging problem or topic;

4

Critical analysis of the important aspects of a design problem or research topic;

5

An ability to assess the merits of a number of solutions or outcomes, taking into account conflicting factors;

6

That they can initiate and undertake searches for information related to a design task, evaluate it and devise actions for progression toward milestones;

7

Recognition of the existence of pressures and constraints on project, policy or device design in renewable energy.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

8

They have practiced their ability to extract, filter and process information from a wide range of sources;

9

They have developed professional oral presentational skills;

10

improved report writing skills to the extent that reports are of a professional standard;

11

an ability to defend their reasoning and conclusions against probing questioning;

 

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

The module coordinators provides a briefing session on suitable topics, conduct of study, assessment methods, supervisor-student relationship, budgets, milestones and deliverables. An individual design project is undertaken by each student on a subject related to the course. Students keep a detailed diary / logbook of their expected and actual work and this is reviewed by their Supervisor throughout the project duration. At the end of the Autumn term, candidates must submit their Project Planning Submission which will comprise: 1. A Gantt chart identifying the key tasks that have been and remain to be completed and indicate precisely when they will be carried out. 2. A list of references consulted in discharging the project activity to the date of reporting. 3. An abstract describing the project, and its intended outcomes, at the date of reporting. The design project is a major part of the course and aims to develop abilities in the following areas: 1. Understanding the problem 2. Execution of the project in a logical manner 3. Awareness of health and safety legislation 4. Awareness of design standards and codes of practice 5. Decision making 6. Data gathering 7. Data analysis 8. Problem solving 9. Information technology 10. Questioning of basic assumptions and critical analysis of results 11. Communication of ideas with written and spoken word 12. Efficient utilisation of information retrieval services 13. Consideration of the further development of the study.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 11.00 Guided Independent Study 289.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS

Category

Hours of study time

Description

Independent research. There are no formal lectures.

 

 

 

 

 

Students carry out a self-designed programme of work mediated by the project supervisor involving some or all of the following: self study; independent research; literature review; detailed design analysis and calculations; experimental work; field work; other data acquisition, analysis and interpretation; etc. It will be the responsibility of the student to devise a dissertation topic that will be supervised by an appropriate specialist member of staff however members of staff will post project titles indicative of topics they will be willing to support. Preparation of the project planning exercise, dissertation report and oral presentation, with interim and final feedback from the tutor, will develop scholarship skills. Students must have the approval of an academic supervisor to begin any project and should work with that supervisor to ensure that the project meets the needs of the module.

 

Each student will prepare a project planning submission outlining the intentions of their project by the end of term 1 of year 3.

 

Each student will report their findings at the beginning of term 3 through the preparation of an oral presentation to academic staff, their peers and invited industrial observers.

 

A dissertation report is also prepared for submission in term 3.

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

Form of Assessment

 

% of credit

Size of the assessment  e.g. duration/length

ILOs assessed

Feedback method

Project Planning Submission

10%

1200 words equivalent

ILOs: 2, 6, 7

Individal feedback sheets marked by each student’s supervisor, moderated to ensure fair weighting. Students will also recieve

Dissertation report or Research Paper

60%

27 pages A4, 8000 words equivalent

ILOs: 1-5, 8. 10

Individal feedback sheets marked by each student’s supervisor, moderated to ensure fair weighting.

Logbook / Diary

5%

600 word equivalent

ILOs 6, 7

Individal feedback sheets marked by each student’s supervisor, moderated to ensure fair weighting.

Oral presentation & questioning

25%

15-20 mins individual presentation, 10-15 mins questions.

ILOs 9, 11

Individual feedback sheet with comments from a minimum of two markers.

 

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

Summative Assessment

Additional Summative assignment

Weighting as above

August Ref/Def period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 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:

 

CSM3403 Final Year Project Handbook

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

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

CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Third Year Project, Third Year Dissertation