KB6000 - Investigative Project

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about and demonstrate how to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in your degree programme whilst also extending your independent learning through a deep investigation of a topic, which may be of your own choice. You will develop your ability to plan, direct, progress and take responsibility for your own large scale investigative project.
You may be involved in the choice of the topic of your investigation and also be able to lead the direction of the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. Your investigation will draw upon a broad range of existing engineering knowledge and practice, apply advanced engineering techniques, allow you to draw your own conclusions supported by your findings and enable you to present your results in a professional manner.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will give you the opportunity to learn through the experience of undertaking a large scale investigation under guidance of an academic supervisor. As you will be responsible for the overall direction of your project you be able to practice your independent learning skills and continue learning how to manage and assess your own abilities whilst also developing your specific knowledge of an area of engineering.
Your investigation will require you to be aware of, and manage, your own progress towards demonstrating the module learning outcomes. You will undertake learning activities that allow you to identify opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in areas which may directly relate to your plans for future employment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The investigative project is undertaken as described by the module tutor and within a guiding framework of academic supervision A framework of a small number of supporting lectures, electronic resources and structured course work assessments to guide your individual investigation. You will be required to inform your supervisor of progress on a weekly basis and to submit the staged course work to enable your academic supervisor to monitor your progress and support your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1 Identify, apply and critically record the performance of complex engineering systems through the creative use of analytical methods and/or modelling techniques to establish innovative solutions

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO2 Critically demonstrate the ability to plan and manage independent work to undertake a significant technical investigation within a predefined time scale.
MLO3 Comprehensively conduct a technical literature review appropriate to the problem statement and use this to define an experimental and/or explorative programme of work.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO4 Define and systematically investigate a problem and identify constraints, including environmental, risk and ethical issues, drawing on wider knowledge as appropriate.
MLO5 Present a critical analysis, justifiable conclusions and a reflection upon an investigation in the form of a technical report, reflective summary and poster.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

You will be assessed by;
a - the approval of your initial project specification
b - formal ethics approval (items a and b must be completed to the satisfaction of the supervisor before the main body of the investigation can proceed)
c – summary technical progress report of less than 2,500 words (20% of the available marks)
d – a final technical report of less than 10,000 words (65% of the available marks)
e – written reflective summary, less than 1,500 words & technical poster (15% of the marks)

Item c will assess MLOs 3 and 4.
Item d will assess MLOs 1, 2 and 5.
Item e will assess MLOs 2, 4 and 5.

Formative feedback will be provided during weekly supervisor contact. Written formal feedback will be provided on the technical progress report to inform the subsequent work and final technical report. Formative feedback will also be provided on a limited section of the final technical report during the final supervision sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This is a module in which you will be guided by an academic supervisor to independently undertake an in-depth investigation linked to your professional area and which will enhance the skills you will need as a practicing engineer. You will investigate this topic to a depth which demonstrates your ability to be awarded an honours degree through building on your existing engineering ability, applying advanced engineering skills and techniques, deriving conclusions supported by your investigation and presenting your outcomes in a professional manner.

Course info

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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