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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Project Planning and Research
Module Code MM588
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Anne Morrissey
Semester 2: Anne Morrissey
Autumn: Anne Morrissey
Module TeachersAnne Morrissey
Garrett McGuinness
John Geraghty
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
An individual presentation on the selected topic followed by questions, and a resubmission of failed assignments

The purpose of this module is for students to consider and understand what is involved in researching a challenge or a wider societal issue facing a company or a sector. The students draft a document linking roles in the company to how the issue may be addressed.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify a sector-wide research issue or challenge (e.g. technical, environmental, energy, supply chain, security, product safety, data protection, automation, competitiveness)
2. Critically review and extract relevant information from literature in the public domain
3. Critically review the issue or challenge with respect to societal impact, health & safety, risk assessments and ethics
4. Apply knowledge from other modules to propose technology or policy solutions to this issue or challenge
5. Consult with industrial partners or relevant stakeholders to identify potential local solutions to the sector-wide issues or challenges
6. Communicate a coherent position on the issues or challenges.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study187.5Background research, literature review, problem analysis and recommendations
Total Workload: 187.5

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Analysis of the problem
Use of research and knowledge to break down the problem statement and analyse the challenge.

Literature survey/research
This survey should include recent journal publications in addition to text book and other sources. Must be properly referenced and form a significant section of the final report

Proposed solution
Development of a written submission to present a reasoned engineering approach to address the challenge or societal issue

Documentation of outcomes
A coherent and relevant written submission and oral presentation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizOnline quiz on Loop Competencies5%n/a
AssignmentCritical literature review and peer review30%n/a
PresentationOral presentation15%n/a
AssignmentWritten submission50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Adedeji B. Badiru: 0, Project management for research, 0412588900
Other Resources

This module comprises of 7.5 credits.
Programme or List of Programmes
BMEDIB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering
CAMIB.Eng. in Mechanical & Manufacturing Eng
MEIB.Eng in Mechatronic Engineering
SSEIBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng

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