Module Title:   Advanced Project Skills

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-1073D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr RA Halliwell

Additional Tutor(s):   DR SMR Jones, Dr ME Honnor

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
1. Act as a structured introduction to the project skills required for the students to successfully undertake an MSc dissertation project.
2. Enable students to gain and enhance the programming skills required for an MSc Project.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
This module will use a blended learning approach to equip the students with the skills required to undertake a Masters project, including MATLAB® which is a key engineering software and also the key research and general skills needed for a project. The module will be assessed by a portfolio of work built up during the semester.

Lectures:   0.00          Directed Study:   164.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   24.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

critically appraise the current state-of-the-art within a field of study, understand the processes and requirements of developing a project plan, and be able to evaluate the potential issues that could arise from a project;
Critically appraise an engineering problem, model the problem in MATLAB® and be able to interpret and validate the results.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

undertake the systematic analysis of an engineering problem, model an engineering system process and produce a feasibility study on a project based on the problem.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

assimilate, critically appraise and interpret information, use engineering software; use IT word processing and presentation tools.

  Coursework   50%
 
  Portfolio of work demonstrating application of project and programming skills - Research Skills
  Coursework   50%
 
  Portfolio of work demonstrating application of project and programming skills - Matlab Skills
  Coursework   100%
 
  Supplementary Assessment: to remedy deficiencies in original

Outline Syllabus:
Research skills: project definition and planning: aims, objectives, milestones and deliverables; investigating the state of the art - literature searches and reviewing; referencing - styles, academic good practice, plagiarism awareness; intellectual property, copyright and patents; report writing: structure and layout, writing abstracts, project methodologies in various engineering disciplines, how to analyse and evaluate results, and conclusions - critical reflection and summary; the responsibilities of a professional engineer.
MATLAB® skills: the MATLAB® desktop; variables, vectors, matrices and matrix operation; sub-matrices and colon notation; MATLAB® functions and structured programming; control flow; m-files; 2 & 3D graphics; File input/output and formatting print statements; analysing and debugging code; advanced features including GUI, calling C from MATLAB®, Sparse matrices, Toolboxes, Cell and structure variables, Symbolic toolbox and Simulink.

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