Cannot be taken with: MEC329, MEC331

Aims/Description: Each student will undertake an individual research project, which is often industrially-focussed, under the guidance of a member of academic staff. The students select a number of potential projects from a list provided by academic staff members. The project will permit the student to demonstrate their planning and organisational skills, to show initiative and also to display the technical skills that they have developed over the preceding years of study. The technical components of a project may be experimental, theoretical, analytical or design-based and most projects will require proficiency in a number of these. Assessment of the module is based upon conduct throughout the project, submission of a thesis and the ability to present the findings of the project at a colloquium and viva.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students registered for the degree of BEng in Mechanical Engineering and BEng in Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Project work, Vivavoce
WebCT resources are available for this module

Notes: Part of the Accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Mechanical Engineering):

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