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Undergraduate Course: MEng Thesis 5 (Discipline of Civil & Environmental Engineering) (CIVE11031)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Not available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 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 his or her own individual thesis.

The course must be taken in conjunction with CIVE11031: MEng Thesis 5 (Discipline of Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Research Method and Application in Civil & Environmental Engineering 5 (CIVE11032)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
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. The final report or dissertation that forms the thesis constitutes two-thirds of the requirements for this course; the other third is based on an oral examination.
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 assessment (by dual assessors) of the submitted thesis and also by oral examination. The nominal weightings (though these may be changed through agreement with the project supervisors and course organiser) are:

Thesis assessment: 66.6%
Oral Examination: 33.4%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Students are briefed on the general requirements of the thesis 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 both this and the MEng Thesis 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 Thesis, Dissertation, Research Project
Course organiser Dr Simon Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7159
Course secretary Mrs Sharon Mulvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 7076
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