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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2011 - 2012

Module Title Masters Project-Network Major
Module Code EE596
School School of Electronic Engineering

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Anthony HolohanOffice NumberS343
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To allow the student to put theoretical knowledge of engineering to use in a practical project and to document the project outputs to research publication standard.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and explain the scientific principles and engineering technologies and design processes associated with their project area
2. Identify engineering problems and to formulate problems in a manner which allows solution
3. Display a level of ingenuity in applying appropriate existing solutions or devising novel solutions to engineering design problems
4. Devise appropriate tests or experiments in order to allow exploration, analysis and evaluation of a proposed system design
5. Apply critical analysis to the results of tests or experiments and to draw concrete conclusions as to the effectiveness of an engineering design
6. Identify technical requirements for a design and to assess the practicality of possible solutions to problems arising in the project
7. Write well structured engineering reports which are written to the correct level of technical detail to suit the intended reader
8. Apply project management techniques in the execution of the project in order to undertake all project implementation and development work and to produce a complete project report to deadline
9. Take responsibility for progression of their own work under guidance of a supervisor and to identify and report problems and issues as they arise which might impede progress of a project
10. Conduct the required background research related to the project topic and be able to search for, access, review and evaluate publications on given topics
11. Distinguish between their own work and that of others and to credit others’ in a proper manner
12. Resolve differences of option on technical matters between themselves and their supervisor
13. Effectively communicate technical concepts and ideas orally, in writing and graphically
14. search research journals, the Internet, and other resources for relevant research approaches and to evaluate and compare these
15. use statistical approaches, critical analysis, quantitative and qualitative comparisons to evaluate the quality of their own work and that of others
16. communicate complex technical ideas to a lay audience
17. report their research results to publication standard in the format of an academic paper
18. document their results in a hierarchical manner, with fine detail delegated to appendices and key points in the main report

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars16Research Seminars
Independent Study100Semester 2 Independent Learning
Independent Study634Summer Independent Learning
Total Workload: 750

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

Formal Research Training
Formal training through required attendance at seminars/workshops on the following topics: Research Methods – Use of research journals, electronic search, project planning; Writing Scientific Documents and Referencing Technical writing skills, referencing skills, discussions on appropriate use of reference materials; Test Methods and Scientific Validation – Statistical approaches, critical analysis, quantitative versus qualitative comparisons.

Deliverable Stage I
Students must provide reports on the following: A critical review of their research area wherein they describe the relevant scientific materials (research papers, technology platforms), that should put the project work in context and describe the state-of-the-art research materials and technologies within their research domain; A Proposed Solution Report – This report should describe an initial proposed solution, which has yet to be implemented but should be scientifically well-grounded, based on the theory derived from the research review and should also examine any ethical and responsibility issues towards people and the environment surrounding the proposed solution and the problem domain; A Plan for Completion – This short report should capture, through the use of a Gantt chart, the implementation plan and resource allocation for the completion of the project and should include major milestones, deliverables, resource requirements and personal time scheduling plans.

Deliverable Stage II
The final set of deliverables of the project is a single bound document that contains: A Non-Technical Description of the Project - This report should be written as a 1-2 page article that describes the project in non-technical language, which would be suitable for magazine or newspaper publication; A paper of conference standard on the work - It should clearly and succinctly describe the: problem domain, research background, contributions of the work, results and conclusions; A Set of Appendices that contains: the research review report (updated as required from the deliverable 1 milestone), a report on project outputs against the project plan from deliverable 1, a packaged appendix that contains source code/derivations as required, a detailed appendix on testing, which should discuss testing methodologies and results, and a other documentation relevant to the specific project.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Adedeji B. Badiru: 0, Project management for research: A guide for Engineering and Science, Springer, 0412588900
  • Thomas Mann: 2005, The Oxford guide to library research, Oxford University Press, New York, 0195189981
  • Hoang Pham, ed: 2006, Springer Handbook of Engineering Statistics, Springer, London, 1852338067
  • Mike W. Martin, Roland Schinzinger: 2005, Ethics in engineering, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 0072831154
  • Charles Lessard,: 0, Project Management for Engineering Design, 1598291742
Other Resources

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