MEEN30170 Introduction to Engineering Research

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is for Engineering Study Abroad students only. It introduces students to the principles of engineering research through attachment to an active research group in the College of Engineering & Architecture. Students will become active members of a research group and work under the direction of the group’s Principal Investigator. Students will learn about the research focus of the group and conduct independent research into the scientific literature of relevance to the group’s activity. They will shadow a member of the research team and carry out a research project encompassing one or more engineering capabilities. Based on the research activity of the research group, students will learn about research methodologies and what is needed to progress basic research ideas towards higher technology readiness levels. Using data generated by themselves and/or the group, students will learn how to analyse the research data and communicate their findings effectively and take appropriate action. Students will also learn how to write a scientific abstract and a scientific report as well how to make a scientific presentation in the context of engineering research.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should have improved their skills in:
- Analysis and appraisal of engineering research activities
- Development and implementation of engineering research methodologies
- Planning and managing an engineering research project
- Ability to understand engineering processes and practices, including health and safety
- Maintaining good documentation and data management
- Data analysis using software tools such as Matlab and Python.
- Communicating technical ideas verbally, visually and in technical writing. 

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a student lead module. It introduces students to the principles of engineering research through attachment to an active research group in the College of Engineering & Architecture. Feedback will be provided based on assignments directly related to laboratory work. 
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
Assignment: Write an essay on the application of the engineering methodology Week 4 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Written and oral presentation of a scientific report in form of an Abstract and Poster Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Attendance: Students are required to spend six hours per week in the laboratory of their research group. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Journal: Students will be required to keep a lab notebook detailing their laboratory based activities throughout the duration of the placement. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Student performance: acquisition of skills, good engineering practice, data management and analysis Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Journal: In addition to the Laboratory Journal, students will be required to keep a short Learning Journal detailing and reflecting upon their experiences, views and suggestions regarding working within a lab. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive ongoing feedback from their laboratory mentors as well as feedback on their submitted assignments. During the poster sessions students will engage in peer review.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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