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Research Project - ELE00077M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gavin Kearney
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

Putting into practice the project management skills you have gained in the Project Development module you will undertake your own substantial independent research project in audio or music technology, with guidance from an academic member of staff. A number of topic areas are suggested each year, and we aim to also provide industry-related projects whenever possible, where topics are suggested by our industrial partners.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Research skills
  • Report planning and writing
  • Empirical research and/or development work

Graduate skills aims:

  • Self-management
  • Self-motivation
  • Project planning and development
  • Autonomous task planning

Module learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Undertake a significant independent research project (with guidance from supervisor)
  • Critically analyse current literature, and results from research/development undertaken.
  • (where appropriate for the selected topic), develop and apply software solutions to address a specific problem/research issue
  • Design innovative solutions to audio related problems, addressing current research issues
  • Apply knowledge of research methods and evaluation
  • Write a substantial technical report which presents their research in a clear, rigorous, accessible and consistent manner.

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate critically the approach they have taken, putting into context of other methods and solutions in the area.
  • Plan and manage their own research and writing

Module content

Students submit their topic choices by week 2 of the Spring Term and will be allocated a project supervisor whom they should meet at least once during the Spring Term.

It is expected that students meet their project supervisor at least once during the Summer Term. Supervision will be carried out in small groups comprising students who are undertaking research in a similar area with the same supervisor.

It is understood that regular face-to-face meetings may not always be possible during the Summer Vacation period, but students/supervisors will be encouraged to keep in contact via regular emails and/or Skype meetings where appropriate.


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

Non-reassessable & Non-compensatable



Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

To be chosen with supervisor dependent on research topic undertaken.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.