Module code: ENG3135

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 280

Lecture Hours: 4

Tutorial Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements of FHEQ Level 5, or admission to FHEQ Level 6.

Module overview

The module provides an opportunity for students to undertake, guided, individual research into a subject related to their programme of study.  Students are required to take independent ownership of their project and demonstrate this through their management of the available resources, including meetings with project supervisor(s), the timely acquisition of relevant information/ experimental results.  They must prepare and submit a formal, written, report to a specific deadline and subsequently present and defend their work at an oral examination.

Module aims

To enable the student to undertake an in-depth study of a topic which interests him/her and that is relevant to their degree programme and future career.

To allow scope for students to demonstrate initiative, perseverance and common sense.

To encourage students to develop a critical appreciation of a topic and its broader context.

To give students the opportunity to write a detailed, professional, report within a fixed page limit, that sets out the aims, objectives, details and conclusions of the work undertaken.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Undertake individual and original work on a specific topic that is informed by the available literature and which is appropriately managed from inception to completion.
Write a detailed, professional, and properly referenced report within a given page limit and to a specific deadline.
Present, and subsequently defend, their work at an oral examination.
Critical thinking T
Time management T
Observation T
Technical report writing T
Health & Safety – laboratory practice T
Risk identification T
Risk mitigation strategies T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The Individual project forms the basis for a concentrated study of a topic and may involve: a laboratory investigation; the design of a structure or scheme; a computer-based study such as a finite element study or hydrological predictions; a mathematical analysis; a comprehensive critical literature survey or any combination of these activities. Projects should usually include a critical review of published data and in ALL cases a certain amount of individual research is required that should discussed in relation to the relevant background literature. 


Methods of Teaching / Learning

Learning is achieved by guided individual research and study, making full use of all the appropriate resources. The learning process is supported through an introduction to research methods, information sources, and time management and through regular, time restricted, meetings with academic supervisors (20-30 minutes per week).


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:  that they learned to undertake a sizeable research project and manage it from inception to completion; that they managed to study their topic of choice to a depth that allows an informed academic discussion; and that they are capable of defending their conclusions based on evidence and justifying their steps in arriving at these conclusions.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a separate assessment of the management of the project (20%), the quality of the report (40%) and the ability to communicate and justify the choices made in an oral examination(40%).

Formative assessment and feedback

Each project is assigned an academic supervisor. The supervisors are available for individual discussion and feedback sessions for 20-30 minutes per week. It is the students responsibility to make use of this availability. The supervisors do not proofread the thesis, but give detailed feedback on the project plan in November and one full chapter in February.

Reading list

Reading list for INDIVIDUAL PROJECT :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering MEng(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

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.