Module code: ENGM241

Module Overview

This module enables students to implement, in a guided fashion, the skills learnt in the Research Methods module with regard to planning the student’s individual research project. 

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

WHITING Mark (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 138

Tutorial Hours: 12

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content:

The Module Co-ordinator introduces the module content to the student and issues a set of guidance notes.  Students communicate with their Project Supervisor(s) on a regular basis so that the Project Supervisor(s) can assess student progress and guide the student through the various aspects of the module.  Specifically:

  • the overall aims of the student’s research project

  • how to find, assess the relevance of, and collate, literature relevant to the project (including textbook and research literature)

  • understanding the anticipated research methodology to be used in the Project, including the details of experimental techniques and their complexities

  • develop an understanding of the factors that might affect the smooth running of the project

  • present the plan for the project in the form of a Project Plan (e.g. a Gantt chart);the preparation of a short PowerPoint presentation, with accompanying explanatory notes, explaining the Project aims, background, methodology and timescales.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PROJECT AIMS 20
Coursework PROJECT PLAN 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy:

 Demonstrate the ability, with limited guidance, to identify clearly in no more than 200 words the aims and desired outcomes of the project. Demonstrate the ability to identify and select relevant literature from a self-determined range of sources showing an understanding of the underlying issues through the appropriateness of the literature collated in this task Demonstrate self-direction and originality in devising a project plan for the implementation of a set of tasks at a professional level Demonstrate the ability to present the aims, methodology and desired outcomes of the project within the format of a PowerPoint presentation.

 ·         Q1 (Project aims) [Learning outcomes 4]                                                     (30 hours)

Mon/Tues 6 weeks after instructions issued                                                 {20%}

·         Q2 (Relevant literature) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3]                                    (60 hours)

Mon/Tues 6 weeks after instructions issued                                                 {40%}

·         Q3 (Project plan) [Learning outcomes 4,5]                                                   (30 hours)

Mon/Tues 6 weeks after instructions issued                                                 {20%}

·         Q4 {PowerPoint presentation}  [Learning outcomes 1 ,2 ,3, 4, 5, 6] (30 hours)

Mon/Tues 6 weeks after instructions issued                                                 {20%}


Formative assessment and feedback

·         Formative verbal feedback is given on a regular basis in one-to-one meetings with the Project Supervisor(s) prior to submission of summative work. 

Module aims

  • equip students with the ability to plan an extended research project
  • enable students to understand how to assess existing knowledge in a particular area of Advanced Materials and the possibility of carrying out useful research in that area
  • enable students to gain experience in planning a research project and considering the timescales involved.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Prepare and execute a strategy for carrying out a literature search in a particular research area from the open literature and textbooks KC
2 Collate the relevant papers into a systematic structure relevant to the research topic and assess the relevance of the material found KC
3 Identify, access, select, use and evaluate information / data to enable the achievement of aims and desired outcomes, drawing heavily on current research and academic publications and appropriate primary sources KC
4 Specify the particular aims of a research project and be able to prepare a project plan (e.g. a Gantt chart), indicating the interrelationships between the differing parts of the project and the anticipated timescales. KCP
5 Prepare and present the literature review and project plan in a PowerPoint presentation. KCP
6 Demonstrate self-direction and originality and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level. KCP

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 introduce the fundamentals of planning a research project through regular interactions with the 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 2 Compulsory 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 2020/1 academic year.