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CE50221: Project unit 1: scoping and planning

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Individual presentation (CW 20%)
  • Project Synopsis [2500 words maximum] (CW 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Coursework (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
* provide an understanding of the approach to undertaking research work
* provide the students with a conceptual understanding and techniques that enable the student to evaluate critically current research
* enable students to be able to plan a detailed research project
* guide the student in how to collect, interpret and analyse data

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* acquire, analyse and process data from a variety of sources, relevant to the chosen research project
* show sound judgement and initiative in the initial stages of undertaking an engineering project
* write a project proposal
* write a project synopsis


* multi source data and information analysis [T,F,A]
* data and information synthesis [T,F,A]
* problem analysis [T,F,A]
* written communication [T,F,A]
* working independently [T,F,A]
* project scoping and planning [T,F,A]
* time management [T,F,A]


* philosophy of the research process
* ethics in research
* writing a hypothesis/research question
* conducting a literature survey
* writing a literature review
* research methodologies
* students will undertake project scoping activity, leading up to the production of a Project Proposal, to act as a discussion document to use with staff on planning their research - formative assessment
* students will use their Project Proposal to write a Project Synopsis, as a more formal plan for their research (in Project Phase 2) - summative assessment.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE50221 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering


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