Undergraduate Course: BEng Thesis 4 (Civil & Environmental Engineering) (CIVE10013)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Every student is required to submit an individually written thesis on a research 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. The course provides the student an 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.
Students are briefed on the general requirements of the thesis and specifically on the 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.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 6,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 20,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 40,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
||Interactions with project supervisors and feedback on course deliverables.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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
- demonstrate skill in organisation an individual research ; 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; develop skills in the defence of a body of work in front of critical assessors
- show ability to think critically in (as appropriate) evaluation of experimental data, theory, and literature results
|Fellows, R and Liu, A (2003). "Research Methods for Construction, Second Edition", Blackwell, Oxford, UK.|
|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.
|Course organiser||Dr Grunde Jomaas
Tel: (0131 6)50 7209
|Course secretary||Miss Margaret Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5565