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The subject involves undertaking a substantial research project requiring an independent investigation on an approved topic in advanced engineering research and / or design. Each project is carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff and where appropriate, an industry partner.
The emphasis of the project is associated with a problem formulation that will require an explorative approach, where students will pursue outcomes associated with new knowledge or understanding, within the engineering science disciplines, often as an adjunct to existing academic research initiatives.
It is expected that the Engineering Research Project will incorporate findings associated with both well-defined professional practice and research principles and will provide students with the opportunity to integrate technical knowledge and generic skills gained in earlier years.
Intended learning outcomes
Having completed this subject, the student is expected to have the ability to:
- ILO1. carry out independent research and be proficient in the use of common research tools, and familiar with some of the specific research tools relevant to the selected topic of research;
- ILO2. describe and critically appraise the role of published research, precedent, prior art, patents, registered designs and standards in the engineering project;
- ILO3. demonstrate proficiency in analytical, problem-solving, research and design skills, including those appropriate for sustainable development
- ILO4. apply standard engineering project management tools;
- ILO5. integrate into the engineering research the professional ethics and responsibility considerations towards the profession and the community;
- ILO6. effectively communicate the outcomes of various stages of an engineering and research project;
- ILO7. explore and articulate the impact of the engineering research and design exercise in the wider community.
- Capacity for independent thought;
- Ability to apply knowledge of engineering science and engineering methods to solve complex problems;
- Ability to comprehend complex concepts and effectively communicate this understanding;
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
- Ability to plan work and to use time effectively;
- Ability to function effectively in multidisciplinary teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member;
- Ability to manage project group dynamics;
- Ability to function effectively in a professional engineering environment;
- Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large.
Last updated: 24 January 2023