Aims/Description: Students will be required to undertake two mini-projects, the first of these is an advanced tribology project in groups of 3 to 6 supervised by members of staff and mentored by a collaborator from industry. The projects are set up to emulate professional practices: students are required to develop a tender or business plan with industrial mentors acting as customers. Projects are supported by a series of classes and seminars on tribology and underpinning skills needed in project management, team projects, information searching etc. Each week there will be a team meeting with at least one member of support staff.

Staff Contact: Prof. Rob Dwyer-Joyce
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Problem solving, Independent Study, Formative class based assessments (i.e. mini quizzes, short problem sheets etc.)
Assessment: Project work, Colloquium and Viva - 20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes questions (10%); Conduct (30%)

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