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Postgraduate Course: Engineering Research Methods with Grand Challenge (MSc) (10 credits) (PGEE11195)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to equip students with essential skills for engineering research and comprises two parts:
Research Methods: through lectures delivered in the first 10 weeks, students will study essential topics for the completion of a research project such as literature surveying, project planning & reporting, time management, Gantt charts, plagiarism & Intellectual Property issues, presentation of research outcomes etc.
Grand Challenge Project: During week 2, students are given a ┐grand challenge┐ and are asked to do a literature review, identify a specific problem and propose/design solutions to the problem. The project requires them to use all the skills and tools they learned in this course. While the projects are individual, the students form forums where they discuss aspects of the challenge and exchange ideas. The final deliverable, which also forms the coursework assessment, is a 6-page report formatted as an IEEE journal paper to be submitted in week 11
Course description Indicative list of topics covered in the lectures:
Literature surveys: methods and sources of information
Quantitative & qualitative methods in research
Project planning & Gantt charts
Project management & reporting
Time management
Plagiarism & Intellectual Property
Scientific writing
Presenting research outcomes
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 Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework %: 100
Feedback Formative feedback on week 4
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. be able to research the literature databases to find, assimilate, formulate and communicate new information from diverse sources;
  2. gain technical understanding of research in their field of engineering through a study and solution design for a particular problem;
  3. have an understanding of research in a wider societal context and an ability to prepare reports with technical information for specialist audience;
  4. be able to use software tools to carry out engineering research.
Reading List
D. V. Thiel, ┐Research Methods for Engineers┐, Cambridge University Press, 2014, ISBN: 9781139542326
G. Tomas, ┐How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students 3rd ed.┐, SAGE Publications, 2017, ISBN: 147394886X
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsResearch Methods,Project planning,Project management
Course organiserDr Aristides Kiprakis
Tel: (0131 6)50 5586
Course secretaryMiss Jo Aitkenhead
Tel: (0131 6)50 5532
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