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Students will undertake as individuals a high level investigative research project which could involve a critical literature review, experimental research and/or development, theoretical modelling, process simulation and/or the solution of an industrial problem. Rigorous planning and scheduling of the project, time management, technical communication, interpretation of results and team work will be required. Lectures will be presented on laboratory safety, and the use of statistical methods for experimental data analysis.
This subject is designed for students who have demonstrated an ability to undertake a research project to a high standard and who wish to continue and extend the project to another semester. The subject is well-suited to students intending to undertake a research higher degree on completion of their Masters program.
The exact content covered in the subject will depend to some extent on the nature of the research project. Topics covered will most probably include literature searches, laboratory safety, risk assessment, data modelling, data analysis, error analysis and report writing.
This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).
Intended learning outcomes
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Develop expertise in the methodologies of research in Chemical Engineering
- Plan and conduct an individual research project
- Present in writing and orally the results of their research.
- The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational enquiry and self-directed learning
- The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- The ability to plan work and use time effectively. Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity.
Last updated: 3 November 2022