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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryEvery 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)
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Research Method and Application in Civil & Environmental Engineering 5 (CIVE11032)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 331 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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: 100%
Feedback interaction with supervisors
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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; make links between the field of study and cognate subdisciplines
  2. demonstrate skill in organisation of an individual research programme; have developed teamwork organisation and cooperation in developing and executing a work plan
  3. gain ability to marshall diverse academic and engineering skills in a problem-solving context;
  4. demonstrate skill in presentation, including defense of selected research approches; demonstrate advanced skill in report preparation, organisation and presentation; develop skills in the defence of a body of work in front of critical assessors
  5. show ability to think critically in (as appropriate) evaluation of experimental data, theory, and literature results
Reading List
Fellows, R and Liu, A (2003). "Research Methods for Construction, Second Edition", Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills research ability, team work, project management
Additional Class Delivery 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.
KeywordsThesis,Dissertation,Research Project
Course organiserDr Jin Sun
Tel: (0131 6)51 9028
Course secretaryMr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080
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