Cannot be taken with: MAT4356, MAT4357, MAT4581

Aims/Description: The projects all take the same form but are specific to the particular degree for which the candidate is registered. The project is chosen from a list drawn up so that students are able to pursue their own interests related to course choices. It is an original research investigation carried out individually under the supervision of one or more members of the academic staff. Students carry out a Literature Survey involving the reading of original papers and review articles in Learned Society Journals and Conferance Proceedings. Most projects involve extensive laboratory work although some may be based primarily on a survey of the published literature or computational studies. Each student spends about 10 hours per week for 30 weeks, of which only part is specifically timetabled, on this work. The assessment of the project includes a verbal presentation on the work carried out before staff and other students and a written dissertation.

Restrictions on availability: None

Staff Contact: HAND RUSSELL J
Teaching Methods: Laboratory work, Independent Study,
Assessment: Project/ portfolio

Notes: The module is required for an accredited degree by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

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