DISS09005 2021 MEng CAV Research Dissertation

General Details

Full Title
MEng CAV Research Dissertation
Transcript Title
MEng CAV Research Dissertation
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Subject Area
DISS - Dissertation
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
09 - NFQ Level 9
30 - 30 Credits
Start Term
2021 - Full Academic Year 2021-22
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Diane O'Brien, Shane Gilroy
Programme Membership
SG_ECONN_M09 202000 Master of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles SG_ECONN_M09 202100 Master of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

In this module the learner will undertake an individual research dissertation in a core area of the programme. Building on previous learning students get the opportunity to consolidate knowledge and demonstrate their skills, knowledge and expertise gathered throughout their programme of study, the objective of which is to provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue. This work can be presented as either a Practise-Based Research Project or a Traditional Dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify different research techniques and assess/evaluate the appropriateness of each. 


Develop expertise in a progressive field of research in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles


Critique available literature on the research field and draw inferences from this body of knowledge.


Carry out the research, as applicable to the format chosen, in an ethical manner.


Develop/nurture an ability to communicate with the wider engineering community. 


Produce a dissertation that details and evaluates the work undertaken and justifies the conclusions reached. 


Produce a research project /dissertation in a format appropriate to level 9 award.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This is an individual project where the learner will research a core topic related to the programme. Learners are encouraged to propose their own projects, which will be considered in the context of supervisors' expertise. 

Students will avail of one to one supervision with a designated supervisor. The manner in which communication is organised will be established between the student and supervisor.

Supervision will provide support, guidance and ongoing review and feedback of work under development and therefore participation in this supervision is a key requirement of the module.

Module Assessment Strategies

This research project will be assessed both verbally and with a written submission.

Students in their oral presentation will be expected to defend their research project - process, methodology and outcomes to an audience of their peers.

Written submission is in the form of a traditional thesis or practice-based research project.

Students are required to submit an abstract for a conference/journal paper. 

If the format of a project‑based research project is chosen, then the project demonstration will also be assessed.

The project must adhere to guidance and code of ethics of the institute and of professional institutions in their area of research.

Repeat Assessments

Where a learner fails this module, the examiners will identify where the deficits in learning occurred. The learner will then have an opportunity to address these deficits and resubmit the project for a full re‑examination, the next time the module is examined.

Module Dependencies

QLTY09045 201300 Research Methods

Indicative Syllabus

This module can be undertaken over an academic semester, between September and December.  Provisions may be made on a case-by-case basis for those who are currently working in a non-relevant industry. 

Students will demonstrate and defend why they have chosen a particular topic, research process and format. (LO1)

Students will develop the skills required to manage and organise a major project. Project planning, effective communication and reporting form part of this learning. A research methodology relevant to their chosen format will be developed. (LO2)

Critically review the key literature relevant to their chosen area of research. They are expected to present and critically analyse literature which clearly demonstrates knowledge and expertise in their fields. (LO3)

Research Methods, tools and techniques are dependent on the project but must demonstrate a clear relevancy to the research topic chosen. Students must be able to gather data, analyse and evaluate data appropriately and discuss the findings from their project in the context of the literature within their specific field. Students must ensure ethical practice in all stages of the research process in adherence with IT Sligo's Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance of Postgraduate Research. (LO4)

The student must present their work in the form of a poster and dissertation. Students are expected to be able to defend the authenticity and quality of the research and outcomes of their project to a wider engineering audience. (LO5)

The student's completed work will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competency that are required for a level nine award. It will be presented and published in a manner appropriate to this award level e.g. coherent, logical, and readable. (LO6)

A viva voce will be undertaken by the student, allowing them to reflect, present and defend their work to examiners. Students must demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of their research project which allows questions to be answered accurately and fluently and the discussion to be extended with confidence into familiar and unfamiliar areas. (LO7)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Submission of Project Project Project 100 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 24 Weekly 24.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Project Supervision 0.75 Weekly 0.75
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.75 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Not Specified Project Supervision 0.75 Weekly 0.75
Independent Learning Not Specified Research/Project 24 Weekly 24.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.75 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014-12-01 Succeeding With Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Handbook (UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Study S) Open University Press
ISBN 0335264484 ISBN-13 9780335264483

Succeeding with Your Master's Dissertation

Recommended Reading
2015-10-13 Getting the Best of Your Dissertation: Practical Perspectives for Effective Research Thought Clearing

Writing a doctoral dissertation is often viewed as an ordeal to tolerate and survive. This book looks at the dissertation in a different light, examining the dissertation project from several different perspectives with the aim of helping scholars understand the project better, work more effectively, and ultimately get the best of their dissertation.

When you write your dissertation do you want to survive? Or do you want to thrive? Writing a dissertation requires a lot of time and effort and offers plenty of frustration, but its not mindless drudgery. It may be difficult, but it can be interesting and personally rewarding. If you approach it right, writing a dissertation can be a positive experience that helps you develop skills that will serve you well whether you are going to pursue an academic or professional career. If you approach it right, you may experience the same satisfaction of learning and discovery that the Ancient Greeks called the love (philia) of wisdom (sophia), giving us our modern word philosophy.

Drawing on ideas from cognitive science, psychology, philosophy of science, and the study of design methods and processes, as well as the authors experience working with dissertation writers and other scholars, this book presents a series of perspectives on the dissertation aimed at helping you work more efficiently and effectively, with a better sense of purpose, and with more satisfaction. Subjects include fitting the dissertation into the rest of your life, developing a good writing practice, dealing with professors, designing research, and more. If you work more effectively and with a greater sense of purpose, you'll be able to finish more quickly and have a greater sense of the value of your efforts.

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