SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK224985
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module develops and integrates the Research methodology and Industry based project and the skills gained from other modules from the previous levels of study. The work carried out in Research Methodology will form the basis of this individual project. The project consists of elements of design, analysis, specification, implementation, validation (testing) and communication.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The investigation, characterization and design- interpret with the industry needs and specification. -development of protocols. -development of models. -validate design with appropriate use of test equipment and software. -interact with other members of workforce. -communicate findings of study. -influence with practical conditions and environment -plan and manage resources.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:- develop a project proposal and plan of action.- interpret the objectives of the project in the form of a detailed design and analysis.- verification of design and analysis (tests, use of software, optimization, etc.).- produce a quality technical report with regard to relevance, structure, language, presentation and length.- deliver effectively a short oral presentation with appropriate visual aids on the project and defend the project before the panel of examiners.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures/Seminars at the initial stage of project to cover preparation of dissertation proposal, research methodology (i.e. literature review, data collection, data analysis) and dissertation presentation. This is followed by student's consultation with nominated supervisor; who will provide academic guidance on the chosen project topic.

Indicative Reading

Gills John and Johnston Phil,(1991), Research Methods for Managers, Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd, London. Turabian K L, (1982), A Manual for writers of research papers and dissertations, Heinemann Project Management, H. Maylor, 3rd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2003 - ISBN 0273655418 Technical Communication in the Age of the Internet, M. Roze and S. Maxwell, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002 - ISBN 0130205745

Transferrable Skills

Project management, problem solving/analysis, specification writing, report writing, ICT skills, oral, written and visual communication.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 5.00
Independent Learning (FT) 170.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 25.00 n/a Final presentation
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 n/a Interim presentation
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 n/a Final report (10, 000 words)