SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMH106215
Module Leader Gholam Jamnejad
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

The Masters project is intended to give the opportunity for students to undertake an in-depth investigation, involving a degree of originality and analysis. The project can be based on any part or parts of the syllabus over the duration of the programme. The students should demonstrate a knowledge of other work in the subject area of the project. The project may be based in an industrial or commercial setting, or designed to extend the University's research base or facilities.


There is no set syllabus for this module. Students will agree a project with their supervisor and project coordinator, and work towards achieving the objectives outlined in the brief. The project will be conducted according to the project handbook.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:-Manage and conduct an individual in-depth investigation. (A3/A5/A8/B1/B3/B4/B6/C2/C4/C5)Work independently, though under supervision as necessary, to research a topic using resources within and outside the University as appropriate. (B4/B1/D6)Demonstrate the ability to analyse critically and appraise data and information relating to a specified topic. (B4/D2)Demonstrate creative and innovative thinking. (C4/D6)Produce a detailed report on a major piece of project work report which contains an element of originalility. (C4/C5/D6)Present report findings in an individual oral presentation. (C5/D1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students are expected to work on their projects as individuals, supported by technicians and supervised by a menmber of staff. For some projects, students may have formal or informal links with an external (industrial/commercial) body. Learning and teaching strategies will be devleped and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module.

Indicative Reading

Students will be expected to seek out literature from a wide variety of sources, including technical, scientific and trade journals, and text books. There are no project-specific texts which can be recommended, but the following give useful guidance in research and writing reports. "The Complete Plain Words", Gowers E., HMSO, (1986). "The Visual Display of Quantitive Information Graphics", Tufte E., Press, (1983). "Science and Scientific Researchers in Modern Society", Dickinson, J. P., Unesco, (1984). "The Conduct of Science", Friedlander, M. W., Prentice-Hall, Inc., (1972) "Clear Technical Reports", Damerst, W. A., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., (1972). "Scientists Must Write", Barrass, R., Chapman and Hall, (1978). "Writing Technical Reports", Cooper, B. M., Penguin Books, (1969).

Transferrable Skills

-Research methods (D2/D5) -Report writing (D3) -Oral presentation (D1) -Poster preparation (D1)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 564.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 75.00 45% Report
Coursework 2 n/a 25.00 45% Oral Presentation