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3 rd Year UG Individual Research Project Briefing ES3B7/ES4B8 2 yr ES327 1 yr. Dr Phil Purnell October 2007. Outline. Purpose of Project Work Project Outputs and Resources Reports, Logbooks, Presentations Supervisors, Handbooks, Technical, Website, Other The Two Project Types

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3 rd year ug individual research project briefing es3b7 es4b8 2 yr es327 1 yr

3rd Year UG Individual Research Project BriefingES3B7/ES4B8 2 yrES327 1 yr

Dr Phil Purnell

October 2007


Outline

Outline

  • Purpose of Project Work

  • Project Outputs and Resources

    • Reports, Logbooks, Presentations

    • Supervisors, Handbooks, Technical, Website, Other

  • The Two Project Types

    • Waypoints & Timescales (W&T)

  • FAQs

  • Questions


Purpose of projects

Purpose of Projects

  • Analysis of primary data

    • e.g. New design, experiments, survey-based

  • &/or New analysis of secondary data

    • Metastudy: difficult @ UG level

  • NOT just literature review

    • Essential part but not end in itself


Skills developed

Skills Developed

  • Project planning/execution

  • Presentation skills

    • Oral & written

  • Critical review and synthesis

    • Distilling views and data

    • Review of own performance and project

  • Detailed L.O.s in Handbook


Outputs reports

Outputs: Reports

  • Project Plan/Safety Plan

    • who, what, how, when, resource/risk

  • Progress report

    • Check against objectives: assessed

  • Draft report

    • All structure & most detail in place: valuable feedback from supervisor

  • Final Report

  • Detail of reports in Handbook


Outputs logbook

Outputs: Logbook

  • Day-to-day work logged by date

    • Preliminary sketches, lab results, interview notes, minutes of meetings, noted from reading – chronological evidence of work

  • A4 HARDBACK NOTEBOOK

    • Nothing else will be accepted

    • Loose pages (e.g. from WP, Excel) may be fixed in and dated

  • Assessed & externally examined - QC


Output presentations

Output: Presentations

  • 1 scheduled oral presentation

    • 2-4 staff + students, 15 minutes

    • Week 22 – no exceptions

  • 2-year project ES3B7

    • Aims, method, LitRev, progress, plan

  • 1-year project ES327

    • Whole project – ‘results’


Resources supervisors

Resources: Supervisors

  • Your most valuable resource

    • Define scope, suggest research, access to kit, PhD students, £ etc.

  • Aim for weekly meetings

    • Even if just touch base: ½ hour/week

  • Remember: ultimately your responsibility

    • don’t auto-blame supervisor


Resources technical

Resources: Technical

  • Technicians: skilled but busy

    • Make/find things, operate kit, give advice, refine designs

  • Initial consultation: workshop

    • Refine preliminary designs and plan manufacture

    • Don’t go = low priority = no kit

    • Book via website


Resources website

Resources: Website

  • News, announcements etc

  • Booking technical consultations

  • Handbook

    • Rules, tips, timescales, guidance and lots more

  • Other guidance documents and links

  • Access via EUO - Module Information - Level 3


Resources other

Resources: Other

  • The Library

    • Like the Internet, but on paper

    • Journal databases e.g. Web of Knowledge, Science Direct

  • The Internet

    • Check. Everything. Three times.

    • Distinguish facts and opinions

    • Confirm via multiple sources


Es3b7 year 3 term 1

ES3B7: Year 3, Term 1

  • Most MEng students

  • <Fri wk3: Project Plan and Safety Plan

  • Mon-Fri wk4: Book Workshop consultation if required

  • <Fri wk8: 1st deadline for Workshop planning form (wk15 delivery)


Es3b7 year 3 term 2

ES3B7: Year 3, Term 2

  • <Fri wk18: Second deadline for workshop planning form (wk25 delivery)

  • i.e. not much else - DO NOT WASTE THIS TIME

    • easy to drift: plan in your own waypoints and milestones

    • get literature review done


Es3b7 year 3 term 3

ES3B7: Year 3, Term 3

  • wk 21: Progress report

    • 2-pages for logbook/supervisor + literature review, total normally <20 pages

  • wk 22: Oral presentation

  • <exams ~wks 23-26>

  • Post-exams: bulk of work on practical projects


Es4b8 year 4 term 1

ES4B8: Year 4, Term 1

  • wk2: Draft Report, EUO

    • not an outline: proper draft

    • more complete, more feedback

  • wk6: Final Report

  • i.e. no time in Year 4 to do ‘experimental’ work

    • use your Year 3 time wisely, esp. period after exams


Es327 year 3 term 1

ES327: Year 3 Term 1

  • BEng Manuf; BEng ‘special’

  • <Fri wk3: Project Plan and Safety Plan

  • Mon-Fri wk4: Book Workshop consultation if required

  • <Fri wk5: 1st deadline for Workshop planning form (wk15 delivery)


Es327 year 3 term 2 3

ES327: Year 3 Term 2/3

  • <Fri wk11: 2-page progress summary for logbook/supervisor

  • wk18: Draft Report to EUO

    • not an outline: proper draft

    • more complete, more feedback

  • wk21: Final Report

  • wk22: Oral Presentation


3 rd year ug individual research project briefing es3b7 es4b8 2 yr es327 1 yr

FAQs

  • Q: Can I work in the laboratory in the holidays?

    • No.

    • Special circumstances: see handbook

  • Q: Can I work in the labs on my own/out of hours?

    • No. Must be supervised at all times - H&S


3 rd year ug individual research project briefing es3b7 es4b8 2 yr es327 1 yr

FAQs

  • Q: How can I buy stuff for my project?

    • Purchase Order form (office 3rd floor) get supervisor to help you fill it out

    • DO NOT buy with your cash: v. difficult to claim back

  • Q: How much £££?

    • ~£100 max normally: allocated to supervisors consumables account

    • different rules for WMG students


3 rd year ug individual research project briefing es3b7 es4b8 2 yr es327 1 yr

FAQs

  • Q: I’ve been allocated a project I don’t like. Can I change it?

    • No, but you can normally negotiate detailed content with supervisor

  • Q: I can’t get on with my supervisor. What should I do?

    • see me.


Free expert advice

FREE Expert Advice

  • Plan, plan and plan again

  • Write down all the details of everything you read incl. web pages

    • proper referencing is free marks

    • no excuse for poorly referenced websites


More free expert advice

More FREE Expert Advice

  • Do not necessarily become disheartened by ‘failures’

    • honourable vs. dishonourable failure

    • risk in research: no result may still be an important result

    • demonstrating a sound methodology more important than getting the ‘right’ results


Any questions

Any Questions?

  • There are no stupid questions.

  • NB: there are, however, plenty of stupid answers.


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