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School of Engineering and the BuiltEnvironmentFaculty ofComputing, Engineering andthe Built EnvironmentBirmingham City UniversityPostgraduate ProgrammeMaster’s Project GuidelinesVersion NumberVersion Date2.0September 2016
Contents1.0Introduction..............................................................................................................31.1Research Ethics....................................................................................................52.0Philosophy & Scope...............................................................................................53.0Supervision..............................................................................................................54.0Project Selection.....................................................................................................55.0Project Registration...................................................................................................56.0Project Proposal.........................................................................................................57.0Project Log Book.....................................................................................................118.0Viva Voce..................................................................................................................129.0The Dissertation.......................................................................................................169.1Dissertation format................................................................................................1610.Project Marking Outcomes.................................................................................24Note:These guidelines are for students in the School of EDMS commencing their master’s projectfrom September 2016.If these guidelines are not adhered to, you are at risk of failing this element of the course. Ifthis is the case, you may be required to re-submit the dissertation after corrective action hasbeen taken. Please read these guidelines carefully, if you are in doubt about any aspect ofthe requirements for the preparation of the Master’s dissertation please consults with yourtutor. For details of all specific deliverable deadlines and supporting information please seeappropriate moodle site.2
1.0IntroductionStudents who progress to the award of M.Sc. will undertake a Master's Project. Theproject will carry 60 credits at Level 7. This is a major piece of work of 600 notionalstudy hours. The Master’s Project is assessed as below:Project Proposal10%Presentation and Viva Voce Examination20%Dissertation70%3
The MSc Project Process MapLogBookProject RegistrationProject Proposal(10%)Dissertation(70%)Viva Presentation(20%)Identification of topic area15,000-word report that is theculmination of the project.Students will give apresentation and formal VivaVoce of their work.A 5-6 page documentcovering aim and objectives,initial literature review,methodology andappropriate timing chartStudent will be expected toregister their project via the‘Project Registration’ link onthe appropriate moodle siteand then complete anethical review questionnaire.This may be your own or oneSelect atopic/theoryareaand pose a relevantquestion. A list of possibletopics is contained on theappropriate moodle site butthe student can select theirown.The Project Log bookmust contain a datedchronological record ofthe work of the Project.The Log book must bea record of everysignificant event in theproject.4
1.1Research EthicsAs part of the Project Registration process an initial assessment of research ethics willbe conducted.2.0Philosophy & ScopeThe project is intended to both integrate as many aspects of the programme of studyas feasible and to act as a vehicle for students to demonstrate their wider abilities. Itwill be an individual project but may be linked to group work where scale andcomplexity demand. An appropriate project will be identified during the course of theacademic support sessions run in the semester prior to the project commencing. It isthe responsibility of the student to select an appropriate topic area in conjunction withconsultation with academic staff and reviewing previous project work conducted.Projects topic areas will be posted on the Master’s Project moodle site. Studentsundertaking a project based in industry will liaise with their Project Coordinator todevelop the project detailsIt is important that consideration of the problem area or research topic suitably reflectsthe course rationale.3.0SupervisionStudents undertaking a Master’s project will have an academic supervisor from theUniversity. For traditional part-time and flexible delivery part-time students there willalso be an industrial mentor from their company. There will be regular contact with thesupervisor; for formal meetings progress will be discussed and details of the meetingrecorded.4.0Project Selection.Students will be directed to the Master’s Project moodle site where a number of topicareas and suitable supervisors will be posted. Students’ will be encouraged to discussthe project details with the member of staff proposing the project, a member of staffnominated or a member of staff who teaches in a particular subject area.5.0ProjectRegistrationAs students focus on their project topic and a potential supervisor has been identifiedthey will meet during the second semester to discuss project details and formulate theproject aims and scope. Student will be expected to register their project via the‘Project Registration’ link on the appropriate moodle site. This is normally during thefirst week of the project.5
6.0Project ProposalThe proposal will be submitted via the appropriate moodle. The following will beconsidered as the base requirements for the 5 to 6 page project proposal:Title:Aim:Objectives:Project Philosophy:Methodology including any resources required and how the Research will adhere tothe university Research Ethics requirementsSupervision:Academic Supervisor and University Moderator (if known)oIndustrial Supervisor (part time or company based projects only)Time plan with key deliverables identified:Support RequiredOnce the proposal is submitted the supervisor will mark and return feedback via themoodle site, allowing the student to refocus where necessary. The feedback will besuch that the student will be able to successfully undertake the master’s project. Ifnecessary the academic supervisor and student will meet to discuss the proposal andany modifications necessary.The project proposalMUSTbe included in the final dissertation as an appendix.6