MEng Individual Project - ELE00101M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Martin Robinson
  • Credit value: 80 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

For the final-year project, it is very much up to the individual student to decide the nature and direction of the work. A wide range of project topics are offered for students to work on within the department, and they can also do projects in industry, or even suggest their own ideas for a project. The work extends over two terms and culminates in the writing of a final report.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To allow students to work individually on a major project which develops their capacity to think independently and creatively about a specific area of electronic engineering and develop their potential for problem solving in this area

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in critically evaluating and synthesising new information based on researched information and writing concise technical reports appropriate for the target audience
  • To develop advanced skills in designing, delivering and defending engaging presentations on advanced topics, appropriate for the target audience

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to independently evaluate and assess alternative approaches to specific engineering problems
  • Be able to analyse and critically evaluate the scientific literature, synthesising new information to advance the state of knowledge in a specialised area of engineering
  • Be able to research, design, construct and verify a substantial project in a complex and/or highly specialised area of engineering
  • Be able to debate, contextualise and defend their own work in a succinct and technically accurate manner through project demonstration to a technical audience plus a written final report and oral presentation

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to construct concise technical reports that critically evaluate and synthesise new information based on research, appropriate for the target audience
  • Be able to design, deliver and defend persuasive technical presentations based on selected reliable evidence to the target audiences
  • Be able to present and defend their own work in a viva setting

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Continuous Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

There are four elements to the assessment: an initial report due in week 5 of the Spring term worth 5% of the marks; the final project report due in Summer week 5, typically 70-150 pages, worth 85% of the overall mark; a project presentation held in Summer week 1, 20 minutes long, worth 5% of the overall mark; and a project viva held in Summer week 7 or 8, 45 minutes long, and worth 5% of the mark.

Reassessment

None

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 https://www.york.ac.uk/students/studying/assessment-and-examination/guide-to-assessment/ 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

Hunt, Andy, ‘Your Research Project - How to Manage it’, Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd ISBN: 0415344085
Weaver, Philip, ‘Success in Your Project. A Guide to Student System Development projects, Prentice Hall, 2003
Dawson, Christian, ‘Projects in Computing and Information Systems: A Student's Guide’, Addison-Wesley 2009
Tidd, J. and Bessant J., ‘Managing Innovation – Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change’, John Wiley and Sons, 2009



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