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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
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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
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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
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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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