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Undergraduate Course: BEng Thesis 4 (Civil & Environmental Engineering) (CIVE10013)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits 40
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description Every student is required to submit an individually written thesis on a research, review or design project by the end of the honours year. The honours thesis is an opportunity for the student to undertake an original study of a challenging engineering problem. It is intended to advance knowledge and most topics are topical research projects, based on the research activity of the supervising member of staff. It is the student's greatest opportunity to show individual intelligence, enterprise, ability, vigour and an aptitude for engineering excellence in a forthcoming career. Students are encouraged to undertake the study of a topic in pairs. This provides them with the opportunity to expand their skills in cooperation and task division, which is a normal feature of engineering activity. It also permits them to make considerably more progress in studying a challenging problem, and ensures that they have generated a significant amount of new knowledge by the end which they must present coherently without being able to find it described in published literature. Each student must write their own individual thesis.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking MEng Thesis 5 (Discipline of Civil & Environmental Engineering) (CIVE11031) AND Research Method and Application in Civil & Environmental Engineering 5 (CIVE11032)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  30
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
Additional information The thesis research is self-directed. It is carried out with the guidance of academic supervisor(s), and it is the students& responsibility to arrange regular meetings to evaluate and discuss progress.
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students will:
- show adequate knowledge of the field of study and relevant literature;
- strengthen the student&s ability to undertake autonomous engineering work on subjects of which he or she has been taught little;
- understand the relationship between the field of study and cognate subdisciplines;
- demonstrate skill in organisation of an individual research programme;
- have developed teamwork organisation and cooperation in developing and executing a work plan;
- gain ability to marshall diverse academic and engineering skills in a problem-solving context;
- demonstrate skill in presentation, including defense of selected research approches;
- demonstrate advanced skill in report preparation, organisation and presentation;
- show ability to think critically in (as appropriate) evaluation of experimental data, theory, and literature results.
- develop skills in the defence of a body of work in front of critical assessors.
Assessment Information
The course will be assessed through:
- Web Poster in semester 1 (7.5% - assessment by second reader);
- Interim Submission at the end of semester 1 (7.5% - supervisor(s));
- Log Book (7.5% - supervisor(s));
- Overall assessment of performance by the supervisor(s) (7.5%).
- Thesis (55% - joint assessment by supervisor and second reader); and
- Oral Examination (15% - joint assessment by supervisor and second reader)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Students are briefed on the general requirements of the thesis and specifically on the web poster at the start of the course. Work is then done on a self-study basis with the supervision of an academic member of staff. Further details are given in the "Thesis Project Handbook" that accompanies the course.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Fellows, R and Liu, A (2003). "Research Methods for Construction, Second Edition", Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Not entered
Course organiser Dr Simon Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7159
Course secretary Mrs Sharon Mulvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 7076
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