Module title: Honours Project

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: CTR10100
Module leader: Jonathan Cowie
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Civil and Transportation
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Daniel Barreto Gonzalez
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The LTA approach is a combination of face-to-face lectures, individual tutorials and a heavy reliance on independent student learning. The module begins with a short intensive lecture course over the first four weeks. During this period students are expected to develop initial research ideas into clear, well focused research projects. This is then assessed in the form of a research proposal. Students are allocated an individual tutor to advise on subject content and the overall progress of the project.

Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The students learn to perform an engineering task from start to finish. They also learn how to plan, how to present their output to colleagues and how to write and submit on time a written report.
The students are given a detailed project guidelines document and are met by the module leader before starting the project. They can select from a list of projects proposed by academic staff. They may also propose their own projects, in some cases; this is done in collaboration with industry. The nature of the project depends on the course and the student's interest.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Effort is made to relate individual project to real life in industry. The project, in particular is a good way of learning how to research a subject and implement an idea.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Assessment is based on effort throughout the two semesters, the written report, the viva and poster.
Details are explained in the project guidelines. Progress of the project is monitored regularly and the students are provided with regular feedback from the project supervisor and the project panel. In first semester week 6, a research proposal (10% of final mark) will be summated to Honours Project Panel. A detailed comments and feedbacks will be returned to the student in week 10 semester 1.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 376
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 80 2,4,5,6 TR2WK13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Report 10 1 TR1WK6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Oral Presentation 10 3 TR2WK5 HOURS= 1, WORDS= A2 POSTER
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The lecture programme will outline issues in developing ideas into research projects, characteristics of a good researcher, literature searching and reviewing, quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. You will then undertake an area of individual research assisted by a project supervisor.




Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: formulate a research proposal that is consistent with honours level student research.
LO2: acquire knowledge of relevant research in a well defined civil or transport engineering area
LO3: engage with various engineering and other assumptions, approaches and practical issues involved when completing a research project in a civil or transport engineering related discipline.
LO4: identify and carry out the key links in developing, designing, undertaking and completing a research project relevant to civil and transport engineering issues
LO5: perform relevant analysis and directly relate such results and insights to the aim of the research project.
LO6: develop and enhance report writing and time management skills

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

LEONG, E-C, HEAH C,L-H AND K. ONG (2015) GUIDE TO RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS: CRC PRESS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9781482238778
BELL, J. (2005) DOING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT: OUP, 1st ed.
BRYMAN, A (2004) SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS: OUP, 3rd ed.
NORTHEY, M. AND J. JEWINSKI (2007) MAKING SENSE - A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO RESEARCH AND WRITING - ENGINEERING AND THE TECHNICAL SCIENCES: OUP, 2nd ed.
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