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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Power Engineering Dissertation (PGEE11182)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits120 ECTS Credits60
SummaryThe Advanced Power Engineering Dissertation is a substantial piece of practical research, or industrial design, which will give the students of the 2-year MSc Programme in Advanced Power Engineering experience in applying knowledge and understanding gained in their first year of taught study, as well as increasing the student's competence in a particular area of Electrical Power Engineering. The objective output of a project is a novel design, or empirical knowledge, the extent of attainment of which forms part of the overall assessment.

Skills and attitudes appropriate to the professional engineer, developed in pursuit of the objective output, are just as important and are given corresponding weight in the assessment. The project is structured into two phases corresponding to the standard teaching semesters, with two separately defined work packages but with the two phases being closely and integrally related.
The topics are allocated to the students towards the end of the 2nd semester of year 1 (April/May), and Phase 1 research work begins at the start of the first semester of year 2 (September). Students are expected to complete a light preparatory work over the summer. As soon as they return in September, they start their literature review and by October they devise a plan to carry out the research. They then submit the project Mission Statement by the end of October in consultation with the supervisor.

The main phase of the research work starts mid-October. By mid-November, a project seminar will take place, during which students present their plans for their research and expected outcomes. By the first week of December, students will have arranged and taken the first one-to-one interview with their project examiner. The expectancy is that by the end of Phase 1 the students will have developed the required theoretical and practical skills, carried out a literature review and initiated the development of the main body of their work (software, hardware, methodologies etc.). Work carried out in Phase 1 is assessed by means of the Phase 1 report, a short document which also plays the role of the Formative Assessment of the course.

Research work continues in Phase 2 over the 2nd semester of year 2, with a 2nd presentation of the progress arranged in early February. Around May, the work is completed and the dissertation must be submitted by a specified deadline. Students are then required to prepare the final project deliverable, which is a presentation on their research and results, given to the Institute of Energy Systems, followed by the final viva voce exam.
Course description Submission of dissertation and a final presentation & viva voce exam
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 1200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 24, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 1176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge and understanding from earlier studies and increase competence in particular areas of related to electrical power engineering;
  2. Deliver added value through the answer to one or more original research or design questions that are explicitly related to electrical power engineering;
  3. Conduct systematic and targeted literature surveys in relevant peer reviewed literature, technical reports, patents, specification sheets, databases etc. with the aims of: 1) checking the timeliness and relevance of a research or design question, and if appropriate modify that question or reformulate new questions accordingly; 2) establishing the prior history as well as the state-of-the-art in the field; 3) putting the question into its wider context outside engineering, e.g. current and prospective societal needs, public acceptance and policy, markets and economics, regulations etc.; 4) inform the methodology and metrics to be applied in the project; 5) establish benchmarks for comparing project results with prior ones;
  4. Demonstrate an ability not just to gather data, but also to interpret it, as well as to critically appraise the sources and contents and to compare between sources, and if necessary proposing appropriate metrics for comparison and attempting the recasting data from disparate sources into a common format;
  5. Design, plan and execute an original programme of work appropriate to answering the research or design questions that the project is asking, being mindful and observant of health and safety issues and procedures. Planning also includes the writing up of the dissertation, and adjusting this programme of work as the project progresses to suit e.g. changing circumstances, setbacks, or new insights that are brought about by results.
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KeywordsElectrical Power Engineering,Dissertation,Research Project
Course organiserDr Aristides Kiprakis
Tel: (0131 6)50 5586
Course secretaryMiss Jo Aitkenhead
Tel: (0131 6)50 5532
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