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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering) (PGEE11035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course is the dissertation project element of the MSc programme in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering. The student will contribute an original piece of research on a topic relevant to structural and fire safety engineering. The work undertaken and a critical appraisal of the results will be written up in the dissertation report and presented at the final Poster Day as the culmination of the degree programme.
Course description Students who achieve at least a pass mark in the taught component are permitted to progress to the final dissertation stage of the programme. They are required to carry out and report an independent research project, following on from the earlier work on the State-of-the-art review and Pre-dissertation projects which will generally be undertaken in similar areas (note, self-defined projects are also possible). The main part of the work will be conducted in the May to August period (with a final submission date in the middle of August). Students are guided in their research by a supervisor with good knowledge of the field under study. The research project and supervisors are allocated at the start of the year by the Programme Director. A successfully completed MSc Dissertation provides clear evidence of a student's ability to conduct and present independent research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment of satisfactory progress - 20%
Assessment of the written submission - 60%
Assessment of oral defence (poster presentation) - 20%
Feedback Interactive feedback at weekly supervision meetings; feedback comments on the final dissertation justifying the awarded mark.
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 sub-disciplines
  2. Demonstrate skill in organisation of individual research; have developed teamwork organisation and cooperation in developing and executing a work plan
  3. Gain ability to marshal diverse academic and engineering skills in a problem-solving context;
  4. Demonstrate skill in presentation, including defence of selected research approaches; 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
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsStructural and Fire Safety Engineering
Course organiserDr Stephen Welch
Tel: (0131 6)50 5734
Course secretaryMiss Margaret Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5565
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