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Module IED-3098:
MEng Individual Project

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Yanhua Hong

Overall aims and purpose

• To undertake a major project which requires an independent investigation of a technical subject and results in a well-presented dissertation.

• To apply the Engineering Process to a problem.

• To learn and understand legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

• To prepare a journal style paper of their work.

• To prepare and present a poster of their work.

Course content

Project topics are usually in the following areas: communication systems, sensors, optoelectronics, polymer electronics, bioelectronics, signal processing, real time systems, distributed networks, robotics, control systems, databases, AI, computer graphics, E-technology.

Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria







Exercise personal initiative to attain a clear objective within a specified time

The student has worked conscientiously and has a reasonable number of results/achievements to report. The project has some minor flaws but most of the problems have been identified. The student has shown both good judgement and skill in the methods chosen to complete the objectives. The student has made a significant contribution to the work and the project is correct in almost every respect. The student has driven the project hard, fully understands the theoretical background. Possibly the foundations for a research project and publishable in a workshop or conference.

Investigate new areas of subject knowledge, organize data and solve new problems

Uses standard resources and basic techniques to obtained required information. Can research and apply new methodologies to analyse data. Understanding and knowledge are sufficient to undertake most tasks. An enquiring approach to problem solving and an ability to select appropriate methods and applications demonstrated. Sound understanding and significant knowledge. An enquiring and innovative approach to problem solving and an awareness of theory and application limitations. An ability to research and apply new methods.

Present clear and detailed reports and a dissertation

The presentational aspects of the talk and dissertation were generally good, but there are some deficiencies. Presentational aspects are very good. Dissertation and talk all well presented. The presentational aspects of the talk and dissertation are exceptionally clear and presented in a professional manner.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Interim Report 10
Paper Presentation 10
Poster Presentation 10
Dissertation 50
Oral Presentation 10
Report 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Lecture 4 x 1 hour (Sem 1 + 2 Weeks 1,2,8,16)

Individual Project

Sem 1 + 2 Self-study; discussions with supervisor; interaction with colleagues.


Transferable skills

  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.

Subject specific skills

  • Identify emerging technologies and technology trends;
  • Apply an understanding and appreciation of continuous improvement techniques
  • Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions, especially ones that include embedded microprocessors
  • Solve problems logically and systematically;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions.
  • Systematically review factors affecting the implementation of a project, including safety and sustainability;
  • Appreciate the importance of designing products with due regard to good laboratory practice, health and safety considerations and ethical issues.
  • Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
  • Use both verbal and written communication skills to different target audiences;
  • Communicate proposals persuasively and respond positively to feedback;
  • Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need to work safely and comply within relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks;

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