TRON08006 2013 Project Research

General Details

Full Title
Project Research
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
TRON - Electronics
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Simeon Gillan, Sean Mullery, Ian Craig, Fergal Henry
Programme Membership
SG_ETRON_K08 201300 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering

This is the first of two phases of the main project.  By completing this module, the learner will have completed his/her research and submitted a literary review which will describe the motivation for the project, the current best practices, design considerations and set the case for the project implementation (phase 2)

Learning Outcomes

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


Collate adequate, relevant and convincing research of their chosen application area.


Backup the research by the appropriately referencing of other published works and relevant articles/journals in a recognised format.


Choose the appropriate electronics technology for the project (within the scope of the other programme modules) and to justify that choice.


Liaise regularly with the project supervisor and present interim versions of the literary review/report at appropriate stages of the semester.


Justify the main choices which determine methodology and implementation of the project

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Where a student is working in industry, they will be encouraged to do a work-based project. This project must comply with the learning outcomes and guidelines provided with this module.

Module Assessment Strategies

This table outlines a marking scheme to access the learning outcomes.


Exceptional level of attainment of learning outcomes

·         Outstanding and consistent work at or near publishable quality.

·         Demonstrates critical understanding of current knowledge drawing from relevant research papers and reviews.

·         Demonstrates an exceptional level of originality and creativity in thesis argument.

·         Opportunities evident to build on this work with further research.


Outstanding range and depth of attainment of learning outcomes

·         Outstanding and consistent work which clearly shows a high level of originality and creativity and/or the ability to argue realistic solution proposals to novel or complex problems.

·         Evidence of wide range of reading which includes research papers and current ‘state of play’ of the subject area.

·         Clear evidence of a creative and highly credible thesis argument.


Excellent attainment of virtually all learning outcomes

·         Excellent work which displays a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the subject area.

·         Evidence of critical evaluation of selected aspects of current knowledge.

·         Wide evidence of a cohesive and convincing thesis argument.


Clear attainment of most of the learning outcomes

·         Shows good knowledge and understanding of the subject area with no major gaps or omissions.

·         Displays ability to analyse, interpret and organise information to produce a coherent accounts and/or propose  solutions to relatively complex problems

·         Evidence of widespread reading beyond lecture notes and standard texts.


Satisfactory attainment of learning outcomes

·         Work shows a satisfactory knowledge and understanding of the essentials of the subject area.

·         Evidence of ability to integrate information in a clear, well-structured account but lacking in breadth and depth, or with significant aspects omitted.

·         Thesis reasonably demonstrates a credible solution to limited, defined problems.

·         Evidence that other reading material was referenced outside standard texts and lecture notes.


Acceptable attainment of learning outcomes

·         Thesis shows a general knowledge and understanding of the subject area but it is very limited in depth and breath.

·         Acceptable argument of a propose solution to basic, familiar problems.

·         Little or no evidence of reading around the subject area.

·         Work displays deficiencies and omissions but not serious enough to warrant a fail.


Deficient attainment of specific learning outcomes

·         Marginal failure.

·         Knowledge and understanding of subject area is fragmented and in some cases showing a very basic understanding of the issues involved.

·         Clear evidence of at least one instance of a fundamental error or omission of a critical aspect of the proposed solution.

·         Unsatisfactory argument to propose an acceptable solution.


Widespread evidence of deficient attainment in core learning outcomes

·         Very limited range of knowledge with many important gaps and omissions.

·         Shows incomplete understanding of major aspects of subject area with numerous errors of interpretation.

·         Clear evidence demonstrating a poor or loose thesis argument with little in-depth analysis or problem engagement attempted.


Attempt at attaining learning outcomes markedly deficient in most of the learning outcomes

·         Shows only the most limited and fragmentary knowledge of the subject area with little or no understanding of the essential principles and concepts.

·         Very poor or loose work with no real attempt at any credible thesis argument.


No satisfactory attainment of most/all of the learning outcomes.

·         Virtually devoid of any evidence of an attempt to understand the subject area or to propose a solution.


Indicative Syllabus

Agree topic and scope with supervisor.

Research application area.

Research electronics technology.

Identify suitable algorithm/s for implementation.

Justiify choices of methodolgy and implementation

Write and submit draft and final lit reviews.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Literature Review Continuous Assessment Written Report 80 % End of Term 1,2,3,5
2 Liaising with supervisor, progress reports, interim submissions of work Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Engineering Laboratory Project Work 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Not Specified Project Work 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Other Resources

Access to the IEEE database

Additional Information