90-CREDIT EXTENDED PROJECT - 2024/5
Module code: EEEM056
Expected prior learning: Appropriate background knowledge related to the project topic.
Module purpose: This is an individual student project module giving each masters student an opportunity to gain realistic experience in developing a solution to a problem from its inception to a demonstrable result. It provides a framework as well as a vehicle for exercising all key aspects of project work, from project specification, through literature and technology research, leading to project planning, problem solving as well as design and implementation, culminating in performance assessment, project demonstration, and project evaluation. It also provides a scope for gaining practical experience interpersonal skills, use of IT, project management, project reporting and project presentation. The project can be either of engineering design nature or have a research flavour. This module is complementary to all other taught modules in order to apply the learning gained into undertaking an independent piece of research and/or development.
Computer Science and Electronic Eng
XIAO Pei (CS & EE)
Number of Credits: 90
ECTS Credits: 45
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 898
Lecture Hours: 1
Tutorial Hours: 1
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The project forms an integral and important part of the course. It is intended to occupy some 900 hours spread over approximately 112 working days. The normal arrangement is that students may carry out a project either in the School or in industry. The duration of full-time project work is nominally 30 weeks in the second academic year. Projects are usually individual, although it is possible to have a group project, which can be broken down into different parts so that the contribution of each individual can be separately specified and assessed. For University based projects there may be a need for students to visit companies, especially if there is an industrial link in the project.
The different environments where a project can be carried out are as follows:
University: Projects are usually carried out in association with one of the research groups - a full time academic or experienced research worker will be appointed as academic supervisor though day-to-day supervision may sometimes be by a researcher working in the project area.
Industry: Arrangements exist for students, if they so wish, to undertake a project in industry or one which is carried out in collaboration with industry. Students who are voluntarily carrying out an industrial project away from the university are normally paid a bursary by the company for the duration of the full-time project work. Students who have undertaken a placement in their programme may identify a project they wish to complete in the industrial context.
International: It is also possible to undertake a project either in another university or within International industry as a study abroad or work exchange.
|Unit of assessment
|Project Report and Technical Analysis
|Presentation and Technical Achievement
Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.
The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following.
• Command of the subject and its impact on the world including aspects of sustainability.
• Subject Specific Skills and Practices
• Scholarly and Professional Skills and Attitudes that demonstrate a lead into employability.
• Commitment to developing lifelong continuing professional development (CPD)
• Ability to communicate findings of work carried out and demonstrate contribution to both a research team and wider research community that evidence a resourcefulness to the subject.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following:
- A 40% unit of assessment called ‘Project Report and Technical Analysis’ based on assessment of the final MSc report focussing on (i) the structure and quality of the report (abstract, literature review, written description of approach taken, presentation of results - layout, figures, tables and citation coverage) and (ii) assessment of the technical analysis as described in the report.
- A 60% unit of assessment called ‘Presentation and Technical Achievement’, based on assessment of the technical aspects of the project with an oral presentation and viva by the student. This viva would address how the student approached the project’s objectives, the validity of the methods used, analysis, verification, and validation of the results. The oral presentation and related questioning are used as a measure of student technical achievement, and on the quality of the performance.
Formative assessment and feedback:
Students will primarily receive formative assessment/feedback during meetings with his/her project supervisor. The student will also complete a training needs analysis which will help them in understanding specific training needed for their project.
At the initial stage when the project is allocated, students will also submit a short first report at the start of their project, which though not assessed will be an important mechanism for the supervisor and student to agree on a project plan and establish clear objectives. Students will seek formative feedback from their supervisor in forming their project plan before submission.
After the first 400 hours of the project in the planning and preparation phase, students will be required to complete a progress review form. This will be submitted, after which a meeting with the supervisor is to be arranged and the supervisor will complete the form at that meeting giving clear formative feedback on the direction of the project and where there is need for change or improvement in technical progress.
Other mechanisms to facilitate regular reporting to the supervisor and interaction on progress throughout the project will be applied.
- To provide an opportunity for the student to plan and tackle an extended masters-level research and/or development problem, and to gain experience of the process of doing this, including experience in having to work independently on project-related activities, and experience of needing to produce a report and defend their work under viva-voce examination conditions.
- The module aims to provide an in-depth understanding of, and experience of, research and development, often within a research institute or centre with regular meetings with their academic supervisor.
- The module also aims to provide opportunities for students to learn about the Surrey Pillars listed below.
|Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems.
|Formulate and analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions.
|Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex problems, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed
|Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems
|Design solutions for complex problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate to include consideration of applicable health & safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards
|Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts
|Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. Evaluate effectiveness of own and team performance
|Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used
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 allow students to achieve the specified learning outcomes by means of study and research & development work, all of which is supervised by a full-time academic or an experienced research worker. In this way, a student can gain mentored experience in applying knowledge achieved during academic studies to particular theoretical or practical problems. As part of this process, the student will need to critically evaluate the relevant literature, marshal ideas for research or lab evaluation, and produce a reliable and coherent report. The experience of the intense project completion will demonstrate a wide range of professional skills that contribute to students’ employability as well as their resourcefulness and resilience. The practical element will involve either the coding of software or the post processing of data obtained by measurements or otherwise to form and document results that will utilise crucial digital capabilities of the student.
The time-frame for the 90-credit Extended Projects is as follows. Students on the mode that includes a professional placement start their full-time project work in Semester 2 of the second academic year and finish over the following summer period. Students on the mode without professional placement start their full-time project work in Semester 1 of the second academic year and finish at the end of Semester 2.
During the period of full-time project working, it is expected that there will be (on average) at least 1 contact hour per week involving project-related discussions between the student and his/her supervisor.
Learning and teaching methods include the following.
- Training sessions delivered by the University library and introductory lectures/presentations delivered by the department (6 hours)
- Training needs analysis undertaken by the student and supervisor at the outset when starting a project and completing a project plan.
- Bespoke training on equipment or software for the student organised by the project supervisor, where relevant.
- Student centred information retrieval from the current state of the art literature.
- Research by the student on hardware, software, information or science, as relevant to the nature of the project,
- Validation and verification testing undertaken by the student including trial-and-error methods
- Individual supervision meetings (30 h)
- Supervised study and research, guided by a full-time academic or experienced research worker.
- Experience of the project-management process.
- Work on projects begins after allocations have taken place and ends in the following August. Reporting and contact time should be arranged between the student and supervisor. The student is responsible for making regular contact with the supervisor in order to gain feedback on their progress as well as bring to the supervisors’ attention any matters of concern in relation to project progress.
- Experience of preparing both a written project report and an associated oral presentation, and of being subject to viva-voce examination.
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.
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Please refer to the dissertation handbook for further details of the assessment and the departmental MSc programme handbook for details of submission deadlines.
This module is complementary to all other taught modules in order to apply the learning gained into undertaking an independent piece of research and/or development.
The following of the Five Pillars of the Surrey Curriculum Framework are embodied by this module:
Sustainability – One or more of the 17 of the United Nation’s goals of sustainability could be met by the specific project set. The extend to which the goals are supported will depend on the extent of the uses of the outcomes of the work. Students will be encouraged by supervisors to identify where these benefits lie in their chosen topic.
Global and cultural intelligence – Students will take on a body of work for their 900 hour dissertation and to meet the objectives successfully, they will develop independently some contribution to knowledge under the guidance of a supervisor. High quality results have the potential to contributed to a publication, patent or report that would benefit the work of the student, their supervisor and wider community. Such outputs will have the potential for global impact as will be accessible on such a scale. Achieving such successes is found by the student forming independent research and the ability to work with a supervisor they have previously not known, but also it will often require intercultural exchange in an academic environment.
Digital capabilities – Dependent on the project it will in the majority of cases include skills in programming and/or processing of data to generate meaningful results and present them in a dissertation. Furthermore the dissertation will be written electronically and will require competent use of a word processor or LaTeX compiler to neatly and clearly present a body of work as an academic document. Other skills in use of spreadsheets and data files would be likewise required to assist documentation.
Employability – The ability to take on a body of work as well as independently produce and defend a set of results are all crucial to the employability that a student will develop throughout the course of completing a dissertation. Successful completion will lead a supervisor to have the willingness to provide a letter of reference that will assist the employment potential a graduate could exhibit in an interview for a job post.
Resourcefulness and resilience – To complete 900 hours of work over an academic year, where much of the planning and organisation for this period is a major responsibility will demonstrate a level of resilience that has exhibited the ability to handle substantial pressure. The need to draw information and knowledge from many sources, develop a competence in a software based or practical tasks to reach the required level of technical achievement is a primary way in which a successfully completed dissertation will form resourcefulness.
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 2024/5 academic year.