CHEN40590 ME CBE Research Project

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will introduce students to the concept and practice of independent research in specialised topics in chemical engineering. The students will complete an in-depth study of a specified chemical engineering topic. They will be exprected to enhance chemical engineering and allied knowledge and understanding, analytical abilities, problem solving methodologies in the chosen area of research, and further develop critical, technical reporting, project management and communication skills.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able:
To use conventional and electronic information systems to locate, select and critically appraise literature from a variety of sources and formulate a critical technical literature review.
To develop a research plan and experimental design to achieve key research objectives in the specified time using available resources.
To identify and analyse hazards and safety issues associated with the proposed research activity, develop a system of work to reduce associated risks to an acceptable level; prepare a Risk Assessment document according to HSA guidelines.
To identify and assess, where applicable, ethical issues associated with the proposed research activity and re-develop the research plan accordingly.
To design and validate, where applicable, an experimental apparatus to achieve the key research objective.
To collect and/or generate, collate and critically analyse data; interpret and verify the results obtained.
To communicate and defend concepts and principles of a technical nature to specialist and non-specialist audiences in both written form and through oral presentation.
To work and communicate effectively with peers, technical staff, post-graduate students and external agencies (e.g. suppliers, industrial co-supervisors and associated staff)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Discussions and meetings between academic supervisor and student to review research-project progress. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Presentation: Oral presentations - monthly update presentations and final summary presentation Unspecified n/a Graded No


Project: Mini-thesis Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

If the students wish for feedback, the coordinator will ensure that this is given individually by the relevant staff member(s) who took the lead in the assessment.

Name Role
Dr Recep Kaan Dereli Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Philip Donnellan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Niall English Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Steven Ferguson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Ioscani Jimenez Del Val Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Roderick Jones Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Damian Mooney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Georg Pesch Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Veronica Sofianos Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eoin Syron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Ravindranathan Thampi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer