SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH323674
Module Leader David Harrison
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The underlying philosophy of this module is to take a critical in-depth view of the techniques to develop in the student, -359 (1) the ability to select, develop and plan an MSc research project; (1) to research and critically analyse the literature associated with the project; and to present research findings effectively;(2) the ability to apply a competent process of thinking to project planning. (3) A critical understanding of safe and ethical working


Searching: techniques to carry out literature survey; computer searches; role of supervisors and librarian. Thinking and Analysing: Analysis of processes associated with good thinking to include using evidence skilfully and impartially; looking for unusual approaches to complex Instrumentation and Control problems.; understanding the differences among conclusions, assumptions and hypotheses. Presentation of Research Findings: Oral presentation techniques; poster presentation techniques and written presentation techniques; structure, style and content. Planning and Running a Project: Tools for planning, monitoring and control. Organising and managing Instrumentation and Control projects. Safe and Ethical working. The background to and frameworks for Health and Safety. Accidents statistics. Current legislation and use of databases and websites to identify it. Management of Health and Safety. Hazard Analysis and HAZOP techniques. Risk assessment and evaluation. Key elements of Safe Working. Case studies of real accidents. The relationship between ethics and the workplace. Key principles of ethically sound work. Good practice and professional codes of conduct. Introduction to Instrumentation and Control systems engineering.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Search and critically analyse relevant Instrumentation and Control literature.2. Think critically, effectively and efficiently about their work and the reported work of others.3. Plan and manage projects within the time and resource constraints imposed.4. Have a comprehensive awareness of the role and importance of safety in Instrumentation and Control plant operations and the workplace.5. Develop promote and apply safe and ethical systems of work through a fundamental understanding of the ethical and safety requirements which should be fulfilled with Instrumentation and Control in the workplace.6. Solve problems related to the safety of relevant real Instrumentation and Control systems and critiically evaluate the solutions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

In line with University Strategy for Learning. To support the student learning experience this module's lectures and seminars are carefully structured to present a consistent and logical progression of issues and concepts. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action. Full time and Part Time students: A combination of lectures, seminars and practical's will be complemented by a substantial element of student-centred learning techniques including Instrumentation and Control projects and case studies, carried out in groups. The teaching will comprise an intensive five day programme followed by consolidation seminars throughout the semester. The full time students will be supported using Blackboard. Legislation on Health and Safety and Instrumentation and Control will be accessed via the databases that the University subscribes to e.g. OHSIS via Athens. Distance learning students. A study pack is provided including; lecture notes, tutorial notes, case studies and worked examples which will also be available on Blackboard. Legislation on Health and Safety and Instrumentation and Control will be accessed via the databases that the University subscribes to e.g. OHSIS via Athens. Tutors are available for consultation via Blackboard, e-mail, Skype and telephone. Guest tutors will be used to provide current specialist knowledge.

Indicative Reading

Relevant topics from the following books: Essentials of Health and Safety at Work(Third Edition) HSE 2013 ISBN10 :0717661792 Successful Health and Safety Management Second edition HSE 1997ISBN 10:0717612767 <> Safety databases via Athens e.g. OHSIS Sunyit Thesis Handbook <> [accessed 27-04-14] Levine, S J (2013) Writing and presenting your Thesis or Dissertation <> [accessed 27-01-15]

Transferrable Skills

Development of higher level cognitive skills including analysing and synthesising skills. Acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of the specialism informed by the forefront of the subject. Critical thinking and problem solving in particular through consideration of the evolution of risk and the effect on the evolution of risk and the effect on the workplace environment. Development of higher level cognitive skills including analytical and synthetic skills. Communication skills written, oral and listening. Independent working through interpretation and presentation of research findings. D1 Specialist knowledge and application D2 Critical thinking and problem solving D3 Critical analysis D4 Communication skills, written, oral and listening D5 Numeracy D6 Effective information retrieval and research skills D7 Computer literacy D8 Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working) D9 Awareness of strengths and weaknesses D10 Creativity, innovation & independent thinking

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 86.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Assessment (FDL) 16.00
Assessment (PT) 16.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Lectures (PT) 30.00
Independent Learning (PT) 86.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 126.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Tutorials (FDL) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Analytic Capability - Journal Paper review and analysis (Learning Outcome 1, 2 and 3)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Oral Presentation (with a Poster or PowerPoint Presentation) (Learning Outcomes 4,5 6)