Module code: EEEM004

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

XIAO P Prof (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 6

Tutorial Hours: 20

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation FINAL REPORT AND VIVA 100%

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Expected prior learning:  Appropriate background knowledge related to the project topic.

Module purpose:  This is an individual student project module giving each student an opportunity to gain realistic experience in developing a solution to a problem from its inception to a demonstrable result. It provides a framework as well as vehicle for exercising all key aspects of project work, from project specification, through literature and technology research, leading to project planning, as well as design and implementation, culminating in performance assessment, project demonstration, and project evaluation. It also provides a scope for gaining practical experience in project management, project reporting and project presentation. The project can be either of engineering design nature or have a research flavour.




Module aims

To provide an opportunity for the student to tackle a research and/or development problem, and to gain experience thereby, including experience in having to produce a report and to defend their work under viva-voce examination conditions.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Experience of applying knowledge gained during the course to a particular theoretical or practical problem. C
Understanding of concepts from a range of area, including some outside engineering, and the ability to apply them effectively in engineering projects. As part of this process the student will have had to analyse the project specifications, to produce a basic system design, to critically evaluate the relevant literature, marshal ideas for the detailed design of the individual system components, to integrate the system components into a working system, to perform comprehensive testing and evaluation, and to produce a coherent report. KCPT
Ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies KC
Ability to apply mathematical and computer based models for solving problems in electronic engineering and the ability to assess the limitations. KCP
Ability to extract and work with data pertaining to unfamiliar problems. PT
Learning how to investigate and define a problem, taking into account constraints. Gain comprehensive understanding of design processes. CPT
The need to identify and manage cost drivers. CT
Becoming familiar with the design process and the methodology of evaluating outcomes. CT
Ability to evaluate risks. PT
Understanding of current engineering practice and some appreciation of likely developments PT
Extensive understanding of a wide range of engineering materials/components. PT
Awareness of quality issues.  PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


The project forms an integral and important part of the course. It is intended to occupy some 600 hours spread over approximately 100 working days, of which 25 are for planning and preparation. The normal arrangement is that students may carry out a project either in the Department or in industry. The duration of full time project work is nominally 14 weeks, but there is also preparatory work in the earlier semesters. Projects are usually individual, although it is possible to have a group project which can be broken down into different parts so that the contribution of each individual can be separately specified and assessed. For University based projects there may be a need for students to visit companies, especially if there is an industrial link in the project.

The different environments where a project can be carried out are as follows.

University: Projects are usually carried out in association with one of the research groups - a full time academic or experienced research worker will be appointed as academic supervisor though day-to-day supervision may sometimes be by a researcher working in the project area.

Industry: Arrangements exist for students, if they so wish, to undertake a project in industry or one which is carried out in collaboration with industry. Students who are voluntarily carrying out an industrial project away from the university are normally paid a bursary by the company for the duration of the full-time project work. The research groups also have several industrially funded research projects and MSc projects often contribute to this activity.

European: It is also possible to undertake a project either in another university or within European industry.

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to allow students to achieve the specified learning outcomes by means of study and research & development work, all of which is supervised by a full-time academic or an experienced research worker. In this way, a student can gain mentored experience in applying knowledge achieved during academic studies to particular theoretical or practical problems. As part of this process, the student will need to critically evaluate the relevant literature, marshal ideas for research or lab evaluation, and produce a reliable and coherent report.

Learning and teaching methods include the following.

Training sessions (5h)
Individual supervision meetings  (20h)
Supervised study and research, guided by a full-time academic or experienced research worker.
Work on projects begins in January at the start of the Semester 1 and ends in August. During this period there should be on average at least 1 hour of contact per week between the student and supervisor.




Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following.

Command of the Subject
Subject Specific Skills and Practices
Scholarly and Professional Skills and Attitudes
Commitment to developing lifelong continuing professional development (CPD)
Ability to communicate findings of work carried out and demonstrate contribution to both a research team and wider research community.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following:


1:  Mid Project Review (via written report and interview) (10%).

2:  Final dissertation (via submission of dissertation and viva examination)  (85%)


Details of the submissions required and how to write them are provided in the MSc project handbook. Timings for submission deadlines are detailed in the MSc programme handbook.


Formative assessment and feedback

A student will primarily receive formative assessment/feedback during meetings with his/her project supervisor, and during the mid-project review process.

Students will also submit an initial first report at the start of their project, which though not assessed will be referred to by examiners at the interim stage to determine if the project is progressing according to the original plan and any need for changes to the plan are identified. Students will also get formative feedback from the supervisor with regard to their project plan.

Other formative feedback will be received through a project fair that takes place shortly after the submission of the mid project review.



Reading list

Reading list for 60 CREDIT STANDARD PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eeem004

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.