ENG09008 2019 MEng Research Dissertation

General Details

Full Title
MEng Research Dissertation
Transcript Title
MEng Research Dissertation
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
30 - 30 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Brian McCann, Patrick Naughton
Programme Membership
SG_EROAD_M09 201900 Master of Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering

In this module the learner will undertake an individual minor research dissertation in a core area of the programme. The learner is required to demonstrate their ability in advanced research, designing and executing experiments/ numerical analysis/ analytical analysis, concept development and reporting. The learner will disseminate the research work and outcomes through an oral presentation, poster presentation, interview and submission of a dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

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


Develop a research methodology and project plan for a research project.


Plan and implement self directed learning to further knowledge and understanding of an unfamiliar and/or ill defined engineering problem.


Design and implement appropriate mathematical/analytical/experimental/modelling methods and techniques to advance knowledge in a specific engineering area.


Interpret, critique and synthesise data with state of the art in a specific engineering area.


Synthesise the research work in the form of presentations, poster presentations, abstracts, executive summaries, technical papers and a minor dissertation.


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


Identify a potential peer-review conference/journal paper for the research work and how this work may contribute to furthering knowledge in the specific engineering field.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This is an individual project where the learner will research a core topic related to the programme. Each project will have a strong central core: laboratory testing, numerical modeling or analysis of field data or a combination of these methods as deemed appropriate. A list of project titles and supervisors is made available at the end of the previous semester. Learners also have the option to propose their own projects.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment of this module will be based on:

  1. Continous assessment of the project through journal logs and communication with the supervisor,
  2. Preparation of a project plan,
  3. Oral examination after submission of the project report,
  4. Oral and poster presentation after submission of the project report
  5. Submission of a final project report. 

Repeat Assessments

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

Module Dependencies

RSCH09030 201900 Research Methods

Indicative Syllabus

This module is undertaken by leaners over 2 academic semesters, between September and May.

The learners are required to demonstrate their ability in research, designing and executing experiments/ numerical analysis/ analytical analysis, concept development and reporting.

In undertaking this module learners will develop the skills required to manage and organise a major project. They will appraise and assess existing theories and present the findings and conclusions of their work both verbally and in a formal report. The report will include a literature review on the current state of the art in the project area.

Each project will usually have a strong central core: laboratory testing, numerical modelling or analysis of field data or a combination of these methods as deemed appropriate.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written preliminary report with project plan Continuous Assessment Written Report 10 % Week 4 1,2
2 Interview at end of project Continuous Assessment Interview 10 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,7
3 Oral and poster presentation, following submission of final project report Continuous Assessment Individual Project 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
4 Continuous assessment Continuous Assessment Individual Project 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
5 Final project report Project Written Report 60 % End of Year 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified minor dissertation/ research project 30 Weekly 30.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Project supervision 0.75 Weekly 0.75
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.75 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011 Succeeding with Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Handbook Open University Press

Module Resources

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