PROJ08012 2019 Final Year Project
Upon successful completion of this module the learner shall be able to research a particular aspect of civil engineering, analyse from first principles a particular problem or application relating to civil engineering, and design and execute an experimental study, case study, design study, computer program or analysis method to investigate a civil engineering problem. They will be able to gather and interpret appropriate data, and where appropriate develop mathematical models, and compare data gathered during the project with values quoted in the technical literature. They will be able to research a particular topic through individual work, whilst interacting with a supervisor, seeking advice, and taking and implementing instructions. They will also be able to compile and report and present in a clear and concise manner within a professional and technical format.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Research the underlying science and engineering behind a particular aspect of civil engineering
Analyse from first principles a particular problem or application relating to civil engineering
Design and execute an experimental study, case study, design study, computer program or analysis method to
investigate a civil engineering problem
Gather and interpret appropriate data from an experimental study, case study, design study, computer program or
analysis method, and where appropriate develop mathematical models
Compare data gathered during the project with values quoted in the technical literature
Identify the impacts of a course of action on the environment and community, with due reference to sustainability
Research a particular topic in civil engineering, through individual work, while interacting with a supervisor
Use search engines, technical databases and engineering journals to identify information on a particular aspect of civil
Work and report directly to a supervisor, seek advice, and take and implement instructions
Compile and report in a clear and concise manner a review of relevant literature, the findings and results of laboratory
work, case studies, surveys and design studies
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This module shall commence in the first semester of the final stage of the programme. There will be one hour per week of lectures in applied research methods in the first semester. The learner shall be allocated a project and supervisor in the first semester and project planning, literature review and methodology selection shall take place in the first semester. In the second semester the main research methodologies shall be undertaken and results compiled and reported. An interim oral presentation and final poster shall be used to communicate the research findings.
The production of the final thesis report shall be carried out by the learner with the guidance of the supervisor and project guidelines.
Module Assessment Strategies
The assessment strategy is based on continuous assessment modes throughout both semesters of the final stage. However all other assessments will be completed during the final semester of the programme as follows:
Interim Presentation at Research Seminar 10% Week 4 Supervisor and 2nd Marker
Continuous Assessment Semester 1 and 2 Stage 4 15% on-going Supervisor
Final Report Technical Content: 30% Supervisor and 2nd Marker
Final Report Validity of Findings and Conclusions: 20% Supervisor and 2nd Marker
Final Report Quality of Report Writing and Presentation: 20% Supervisor and 2nd marker
Research Poster at End of Year Exhibition: 5% Supervisor and Exhibition Panel
The learner must repeat the Final Year Project in full or revise the submitted thesis depending on the scale and level of the failed elements, so that an overall mark of 40% is achieved.
Normally the learner shall select a new project topic and title if the module must be repeated in full.
The project assigned may involve the learner in theoretical research, civil engineering design, laboratory analysis and investigation of civil engineering issues related to the project. This will include the collection of appropriate data and other information necessary to understand the background to the project and to carry it out successfully. The project will be a minor thesis supervised by an academic staff member and should involve a significant amount of civil engineering design work, data collection, mathematical modelling, experimental studies or case studies critically analysed to an appropriate standard.
Project guidelines relating to the written specification and submission requirements of the final report, and the detailed method of assessment will be issued to learners at the commencement of the study.
The project assigned to the learner shall be taken from a list prepared (at the beginning of the first semester) of projects proposed by supervisors. Learners indicate their preferred projects by completing a form, ranking project titles 1 −5, and by submitting the form to the Project Co−ordinator. Projects are then allocated to learners with reference to learner preferences and staff supervision allocation. Academic staff members supervise the projects. In some cases a proposed work project may be suggested by the learner but must be sanctioned by the supervisor.
The supervising staff member shall provide the learner with a brief in a standardised format within three
weeks of the commencement of project, following consultation with the learner and the completion, by the learner, of some preliminary literature review or other research work, if required. The supervising staff member will ensure that the learner carries out the project work on his or her own. There may be reference to prior or ongoing work, including research, in the same field by local authorities, industry private companies or educational institutions, either locally or elsewhere.
If the work is connected with an external body, such as a local authority, supervision of the work may in part be allocated to an officer of that body, but it is essential that a staff member shall be familiar with all aspects of the project and shall ultimately be responsible for its assessment.
The project should have distinct objectives and require a thorough investigation by the learner, the extent of the investigation being related to the degree of difficulty and the time span allocated to the project.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Interim Presentation at Seminar||Project||Oral Exam||10 %||Week 19||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10|
|2||Technical Content||Project||Written Report||30 %||End of Year||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10|
|3||Validity of Findings and Conclusions||Project||Written Report||20 %||End of Year||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10|
|4||Quality of Report Writing and Presentation||Project||Written Report||20 %||End of Year||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10|
|5||Exhibition Research Poster||Project||Individual Project||5 %||End of Year||9,10|
|6||Continuous Assessment||Continuous Assessment||Individual Project||15 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Lecture Theatre||Research Methods||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Directed Learning||Not Specified||Project Supervision||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Independent Learning||12||Weekly||12.00|
Part Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Distance Learning Suite||Research Methods||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Directed Learning||Not Specified||Project Supervision||15||UNKNOWN||15.00|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Independent Learning||12||Weekly||12.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2015-10-20 Research Project Success Royal Society of Chemistry
ISBN 9781782625643 ISBN-13 178262564X
The undergraduate research project is almost universally treated as the culmination of all previous lecture, lab and tutorial work. The project allows for the development of individuality and confers ownership of a challenge possessing an originality that goes far beyond the communal legacy presented by age old lab scenarios. Central to this is the magical transition of the student from a consumer of knowledge to a producer, yet the journey is often both daunting and perplexing when considering where to start and how to reach the destination using the resources provided and in the allotted time. There are numerous books within the social sciences which provide students with guidance on how to conduct a "successful" project but few can be found in relation to the physical sciences. This can be ascribed to the fact that the former has a very similar structure and procedural methodology whereas the latter can possess a near fractal differentiation into a myriad of sub disciplines and specialisms thereby preventing the provision of a single, expansive catchall text. This book adapts some of the components and ethos of the Projects in Controlled Environments (PRinCE2) project management approach to physical science projects. This is the industry and government standard and was introduced to address the common causes of project failure ie. not delivering projects on time, within budget, within scope or to the right quality. It has rapidly emerged as an international standard and most graduates will doubtless encounter it upon moving outside academia and into the wider world. It is a concise, multilevel resource that provides guidance on the core components common to almost every project within the physical, engineering and life sciences (problem assessment and contextualisation, literature review practices, sources and citation, data presentation, reporting styles, data analysis and error etc). It standardises the delivery of the material but, more importantly, links the components together by outlining a coherent procedural road map that can highlight to the student "what to do", "when to do it" and "how to solve it" procedures. The content of the book is presented through case studies so as to enhance the relevance of the processes, presents examples of good practice and, in keeping with the toolbox approach, can be readily adapted and applied by the students. The book is an accessible reference guide for students, written in a light style, suitable for dipping in and out of as required and the "how to/when to/what if" examples are presented in an often humorous light. It includes flow charts to emphasize the project planning, dissertation components etc and charts to highlight presentation of data, analysis, interpretation and error.
2014-09-11 Research Methods for Engineers Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9781107034884 ISBN-13 1107034884
Plan for maximum impact with this hands-on guide to conducting high-quality engineering research.
IT Sligo Moodle Page