Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Aerospace Technologies

DESCRIPTION The programme is a Masters by research. The students will hence be required to present a master's thesis towards its end (semesters 3 in full time mode and semester 9 in part time mode) to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of their field of specialisation.

Study-unit Aims:

To demonstrate mastery (knowledge, understanding and skills) in a particular field of aerospace research.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1) Identify a research problem and discuss the importance of the problem and its consequences;
2) In particular areas of application, develop a comprehension of the multivariate and/or multifaceted nature of the research problem;
3) Develop a literature review to establish various approaches that have been adopted for solving the research problem;
4) Develop a critical analysis of the literature review and demonstrate awareness of the advances in the field;
5) Identify a gap in knowledge and propose a solution to the problem;
6) Describe the limitations in the modelling or experimental techniques.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1) Develop modelling tools or experiments to investigate the problem further and/or investigate case scenarios;
2) Demonstrate skills in handling data, writing academic reports and time management;
3) Develop the ability to work on his own initiative and without supervision, and to interact with academics and profesionals in the field;
4) Present research results to members of academia and the general public during national and international events, including seminars, conferences, and exhibitions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

The choice of subjects is varied and supplementary readings will be recommended accordingly.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite qualification: Undergraduate degree

**Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation and Oral Examination (See Add. Notes) See note below ** 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.


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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.