BSEN40090 Thesis

Academic Year 2022/2023

You will identify, with the assistance of the module co-ordinator, a topic for a major project to be conducted under the supervision of a member of staff of UCD School of Biosystems Engineering or other expert identified as most appropriate. The subject of the project must be related to your programme of study and be agreed with the direct supervisor and the module co-ordinator.

The project can be focused on one of the following: basic research; applied research, design, feasibility assessment, system analysis modeling, innovation or case study, and ideally should be quantitative in nature, but specific exceptions can be made with the agreement of the supervisor and module coordinator.

The project will require: problem definition; time management; literature review (library training will be provided); method selection; appropriate design and statistical analysis; laboratory, field or computer simulation work (including health and safety training); presentation of an oral report, presentation of a summary report and presentation of a written minor thesis

It is envisaged that 24 meetings with project supervisors will occur in support of the project goals.

Tutorials may be delivered face-to-face or online, depending on circumstances

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

You will be able to:
1) demonstrate an advanced knowledge of a topic relevant to Biosystems Engineering
2) generate new knowledge through synthesis, critical analysis or research into a subject
3) integrate literature data with your own work to advance your understanding of a subject
4) communicate clearly and concisely in writing
5) use the skills acquired during the module for life-long learning
6) use web and library reference tools for research
7) organise information, such as references in a systematic manner using a suitable tool (e.g. Endnote)
8) identify and manage key health and safety issues in the laboratory and field

Indicative Module Content:

(1) Introduction to the project module
(2) Selecting a project and supervisor
(3) Health and safety
(4) Introductory literature review
(5) Presentatoin gulidelines
(6) Career preparation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Project Supervision




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Tutorials
- One to one project supervisor meetings 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Must be registered for a degree associated with the UCD School of Biosystems Engineering

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BSEN40460 - Research and Teaching Methods

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Literature review reference list Unspecified n/a Graded No


Project: Minor thesis Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Health and safety risk assessment for the project you are undertaking Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Following each assignment.

Name Role
Ms Leona Barry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Sarah Carry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Peter Coulahan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Enda Cummins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Nicola Fortune Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Anna Lesniak-Podsiadlo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr James Molloy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sharon O'Rourke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mrs Michelle Welby Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Year Long (12 months - Sep)
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6 Fri 09:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 8, 10 Fri 09:00 - 10:50
Year Long (12 months - Sep)