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MANU8005 - Project - Initial Research

Title:Project - Initial Research
Long Title:Project - Initial Research
Module Code:MANU8005
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Manufacturing Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: GER KELLY
Module Description: This module requires the learner to develop research, problem analysis and project planning skills. The project is undertaken from an approved outline brief of a project title and outline objectives. The learner develops the knowledge, know-how and skills, and competences required to successfully research, develop, scope the project and present an implementation plan. The learner is expected to work under direction of a project supervisor and to communicate the process and outcomes of their work in a style and manner appropriate for professional practitioners in their discipline.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Undertake a review of relevant and appropriate literature to determine current knowledge in the project area.
LO2 Utilising professional skills developed throughout the curriculum, outline a number of viable methodologies to address the identified project area .
LO3 Select the most likely methodology by exercising professional judgement in evaluating potential courses of actions against appropriate design, safety, commercial and ethical criteria.
LO4 Develop a project plan to implement the proposed methodology.
LO5 Demonstrate the appropriate written /oral communication skills required of the professional practitioner.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
10887   New Technological Venture Deve

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Literature Survey
Gathering, critically analysing and referencing research and other appropriate literature.
Core Problem
Identifying and formulating the core research question.
Development of Methodology
Formulate and assess viable methodologies to address the identified research question with a view to identifying the most appropriate methodology.
Written Report
Writing a professional report in a manner appropriate to the discipline.
Oral Presentation
making an oral presentation of the project plan.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Determine if learner has engaged with objectives 1,2,5 10.0 Week 5
Presentation Progress to date, methodology chosen and project plan 2,3,4,5 10.0 Week 12
Other Mark associated with initiative, decision making and application 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Sem End
Written Report Comprehensive professional report 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) interaction with project supervisor 1.67 Every Week 1.67
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research,problem analysis and project planning 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) No Description 0.33 Every Week 0.33
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.33
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bryan Greetham 2014, How to Write your Undergraduate Dissertation, 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 113738976]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Stella Cottrell 2011, Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument, 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 0230285295]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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