Department: MSc Engineering Management
Module Description: In this module the student will undertake a short research project. The student will focus on applying the knowledge learnt the projects submitted in the previous modules. This project could be an extension to one or more projects submitted in previous modules. Either way the student will reflect on all his research activities in the previous modules and try to incorporate in this project including critical review of previous outcomes to be used to prepare a proposal for new research project. The student will focus on applying the knowledge learnt in several modules to analyse, revise, improve and assess an engineering management related topic. This could include topics on Maintenance & reliability, Energy Management, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing & production, TQM or other Engineering Management related topic as long as it is approved by the module tutor. The student will produce an industry type report, including an executive summary and a detailed report, plus give a presentation explaining and defending the steps undertaken during the project. The jury for the presentation will include one or more jurors from the relevant industry who will take part in the assessment of the presentation as well. This module will run over two consecutive terms in order to give the student enough time to properly research, document, propose and assess their selected topic of the project.
There is no single main textbook for this module. You are expected to read from a variety of relevant research journals and books (including those shown below). The use of electronic resources is essential.
Booth, V. (1993). Communicating in science: writing and speaking. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gomm, R., Hammersley, M. & Foster, P. (2000). Case study method. London: Sage.
Sharp, J. A. & Howard, K. (2017). The management of a student research project. 3rd edn. Aldershot: Gower.
Turabian, K. L. (2018). A manual for writers of research papers, theses and dissertations. 9th edn. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.