ECAM Engineering Program
Combined Bachelor's / Master's Degree
General Data
Academic program ECAM Engineering Program :
Type d'EC Classes
Lectures : 36h00
Personal work 114h00
Total duration : : 36
Status :
Period :
Semester 8 - STAFFORDSHIRE
Education language :
English
General objectives
This module prepares the student for planning, undertaking, managing and reporting an MSc level project in engineering. The work is split into two areas:
1. The development of a proposal of work to be undertaken during the project.
2. Expanding good project management practice to an industrial sized project.
On completion of the module the student will be ready to start their MSc project and write their dissertation.

Learning Outcomes:
1. DEMONSTRATE A SYSTEMATIC UNDERSTANDING OF A RANGE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES, WHICH WILL ENABLE THE STUDENT TO SUCCESSFULLY MANAGE COMPLEX TECHNICAL PROJECTS.
2. APPLY A RANGE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES TO PLAN AND FORMULATE DETAILED, REALIST WORK SCHEDULES FOR COMPLEX TECHNICAL PROJECTS.
3. SOURCE AND CRITICALLY APPRAISE THE PUBLISHED TECHNICAL WORK OF OTHER RESEARCHERS IN THE CHOSEN FIELD OF STUDY.
4. ANALYSE INNOVATIVE QUALITY AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT SITUATIONS USING EFFECTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING TECHNIQUES.
Content
Literature Survey
Methods and Skills of literature research, gathering of data from a range of sources, selecting and using appropriate technologies available (e.g. library, digital library, Internet facilities and other sources). How to appraise, debate and present complex issues relating to technical literature within the chosen field of study.

Writing and managing a research proposal
Exposure to a range of project management techniques, which will enable the student to successfully manage complex science / technical based research projects. Research proposal specification, regulations and supervisors role. Application of a range of project management techniques to formulate a comprehensive work plan for a typical MSc Dissertation.

Writing an MSc Dissertation
The structure and format of a dissertation. Effective presentation of scientific results. Reflection and appraisal of work undertaken.
Using Microsoft Word to write large documents efficiently.

Industrial project management
A broad coverage of different project management techniques. Different approaches and methodologies to the management of major projects within an engineering framework such as the introduction of a new product and/or implementation of new technological processes."
Pre-requisites
Must be enrolled on a FCET MSc Engineering programme
Bibliography
Marshall & Rossman (2006) Designing Qualitative Research, Sage, Fourth Edition, ISBN: 1412924898

Sharp & Howard, (2002) The Management of a Student Research Project (3rd Edition), Aldershot Gower, ISBN: 9780566084904

Oliver, P. (1998) Research, Teach Yourself Books, NTC Publishing Group, ISBN 0844200158
White, M.A. and Bruton, G.D., The Management of Technology, (2006), Thomson South Western, ISBN: 0-234-3565-0

Meredith & Mantel, Project Management - A Managerial Approach, (2005), 6th Ed, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0471715379
Assessment(s)
Nature Coefficient Observable objectives
1100% coursework (3000 words) including 3 deliverables each equally weighted (Learning outcomes 1-4) - A case study relating to the management of a major industrial project. - A literature survey and appraisal of the technical areas for a generic project in the student's chosen subject specialism. - A complete research proposal for a typical MSc dissertation including aims and objectives, a plan of work, deliverables, a Gantt chart, resources needed.Project