Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM420 - Individual Research Project (2020)

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MODULE TITLEIndividual Research Project CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM420 MODULE CONVENERDr Andrew Wetherelt (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 8
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module provides you with the opportunity to showcase the skills you have developed in previous modules by carrying out an independent research project.

You will collect, analyse (using previously acquired data and/or data collected as part of the project), interpret and discuss mining, geology or related environmental data, and come up with definitive conclusions.

Your project should be of research value within an industrial or academic setting. The dissertation must also show an in-depth understanding of the background to the research topic.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The project will require you to put in at least 12 weeks of individual work, followed by a writing up period to make a minimum of 60 days work in total.

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).

We will provide you with a handbook on planning and executing the research project and writing the dissertation. You must prepare a dissertation whose length is +/- 40 pages, plus relevant figures, maps and other illustrations for submission by the end of term.

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 Explain in depth the rationale and specification for your chosen project;

2 Use project management software, to plan and manage the progress of the project, from generation of the idea to finished product;

3 Apply practical solutions to mining engineering problems to investigate new and emerging technologies;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

4 Gain a wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of methodologies and the ability to adapt them in unfamiliar situations also identifying constraints including environmental and sustainability limitation;

5 Assess and manage risk, demonstrating wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of codes of practice, health and safety requirements and other professional practices;

6 Critically analyse and present data to support decision making;

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:

7 Demonstrate self-management skills, identifying and meeting targets within time constraints (with limited guidance required from project supervisor);

8 Critically analyse and implement problem-solving approaches including costings;

9 Produce a written report conforming to a specified format and to a professional standard.

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

By individual negotiation with Supervisor.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 30.00 Guided Independent Study 270.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 6 Introduction to project, Library, health and safety report writing and poster preparation Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 24 Regular weekly meetings with Supervisor
Guided Independent Study 270 Research undertaken by student and preparation of reports

 

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

Draft of 40 page Final Report

Draft of 40 page Final Report All Verbal and/or Written (Supervisor)

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – Preliminary Report 10 1000 words All Written
Coursework – Poster Presentation 20 A3 Printed Poster All Written
Coursework - Final Report 70 40 page report 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 Completed over summer with a deadline in August

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

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/

Web based and Electronic Resources:

Web based and electronic resources - As per project

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Bowden, J. Writing a Report: How to Prepare, Write and Present Effective Reports 8th How To Books Ltd 2008 978-1845282936 [Library]
Set McMillan, K., Weyers, J. How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports Pearson Education 2010 978-0273726937 [Library]
Set McMillan, K., Weyers, J. How to Write Essays and Assignments Pearson Education Skills Set 2010 978-0273726951 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 18 December 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mining; Research