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Students will undertake as individuals, or as a member of a group, a designated investigative 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, written and verbal 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. Engineering graduates need the ability to research topics and to perform structured investigations. This research project subject provides students with an opportunity to develop these skills and to develop an appreciation of the importance of lifelong learning. The exact content covered in the subject will depend to some extent on the nature of the research project. Topics covered will include literature searches, laboratory safety, risk assessment, data modelling, data analysis, error analysis and report writing.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Plan and conduct an independent research project in the materials engineering field
- Communicate their research results orally to an audience of their peers
- Analyse experimental data using appropriate statistical methods
- Evaluate their findings in a detailed written report.
- Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals. Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large. In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline. Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution. Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member. Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning. Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity. Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship.
Last updated: 3 November 2022