Module code: ENGM170

Module Overview

This module is taken by Part-time students who are unable to undertake an experimentally based project due to the nature of their employment.  The Independent Study topic is agreed between the student and appropriate member(s) of the academic staff (the Independent Study Supervisor), with the approval of the Programme Director.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

DOREY Robert (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content:

  • Carry out a literature review within the field relevant to the independent study, assessing the relevance of the literature

  • Synthesise data and evidence to reach coherent conclusion(s)

  • Structure and write a technical report which presents the context, literature review technical data and findings of the investigation. 



Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) ADVANCED MATERIALS INDEPENDENT STUDY 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy:

Undertake a complex experimentally-based research task at the forefront of the academic discipline competently and with minimum guidance, providing regular updates on recent progress and future plans.  Within the dissertation, provide a structured description of the work undertaken and the conclusions reached which will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the research and data collection methods, showing insight and understanding of relevant literature, making informed judgments about incomplete, uncertain and/or ambiguous findings, and devising predictive models where possible.

·         Dissertation      [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3]              Due towards the end of the year.  {100%}                    


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative verbal feedback is given on a regular basis in one-to-one meetings with the Project Supervisor(s). 

Module aims

  • To provide an opportunity for individual postgraduate taught students to demonstrate their capability to plan and conduct a demanding individual study to a given deadline within the overall context of the programme theme. Also to enable them to demonstrate independent critical thought in the discussion of the topic in the dissertation. 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Upon successful completion of the module, students should have demonstrated the ability to work with personal responsibility for a demanding task under limited supervision, using appropriate planning, analytical and qualitative methods, demonstrating some originality in interpreting critically the knowledge they have acquired.  They should also have developed an advanced capability in structuring and writing formal reports which communicate complex information and nuance of meaning effectively in English which is accurate and has clarity and demonstrating ability to make appropriate use of grammar, syntax, vocabulary and style. P
2 They should be able to respond convincingly to progressive questioning of their methods and conclusions.
3 Undertake a complex assessment of the literature competently, with minimum guidance, and evaluate the research and data collection methods used by others KC
4 Communicate complex information and nuance of meaning / ambiguity effectively in English which is accurate and has clarity and demonstrating ability to make appropriate use of grammar, syntax, vocabulary and style. KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide regular interactions with, and guidance from, academic Project Supervisor(s).

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Regular interactions with the Project supervisor(s)


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Advanced Materials MSc(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.