Aims/Description: The projects are carried out broadly based on the research activities in the department. As such, a project is usually supported through a programme of research in the supervisor's group. The key purpose of this module is to introduce a student to basic principles of research work, and its academic and commercial importance. A student achieves this through the following stages:a)A clear definition of the problem of a project and its main objectivesb)A related literature reviewc)A choice of research strategy for achieving the research objectivesd)Data acquisition and analysise)A critical consideration of research achievements with respect to its commercial applicationf)Opening of new research avenuesThe module aims to enable students to understand the basic principles and methods for conducting a research project, improve presentation and communication skills, develop experimental (computational) skills, develop their ability in seeing any potential application for commercial purposes and to develop the skills to write a research report in a concise, rigorous and technically clear way. Students will learn how to formulate a research problem in a rigorous and rational way and how to analyse data critically and creatively.

Staff Contact: Dr S Vaidyanathan
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study, Experimentation (computational or laboratory based/data analysis)
Assessment: Project work, Podium and poster presentation

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