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The MEng individual project

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The MEng individual project provides an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and skills acquired during your studies to research, analyse and solve an engineering problem. This self-directed piece of independent work will require a deep understanding of the relevant engineering practice, related knowledge in literature, and project management. You will present your results in a formal technical report. Throughout the module an experienced tutor will advise and guide you, but you will be expected to produce your work independently, without close supervision.

What you will study

Before registering for this online module, normally you should have studied one of the modules listed in the Entry requirements section.

The MEng individual project is an opportunity for you to undertake an open-ended research or enquiry based project. About 80 per cent of your study time will be spent on your project, and about 20 per cent on learning how to carry out a project in general.

Understanding how projects develop and being able to explain how your project developed are two key skills that are central to the module and to its learning outcomes. The choice of project area is left up to you, but its subject matter should be covered by one of the OU level 3 modules that you have previously studied. It will be your responsibility to ensure the project has a satisfactory amount of engineering, but you will receive guidance from your tutor and the internal examiner.

Central to the project is the use of research and literature so you will need to be confident in your use of the online OU library. Support for this will be available to provide guidance in the use of library search facilities as well as in the execution of a literature review. Your ability to evaluate sources of information and make use of your engineering knowledge will be assessed. You are expected to work closely with your tutor whose role will be to provide guidance and feedback on your proposal.

The assignments have been structured to guide and support you through your project, with each assignment providing a workflow and progress checker. You will need to organise your own work and be able to define (and justify) your work schedule. As you are expected to develop a self-reflective approach, you will be required to keep a project log throughout the module and to use it for an assessed critical review of your work.

You will learn

The module provides you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • competence in the use of the principles and conventions of project management and execution
  • the ability to recognise potential engineering problems in developing technologies and solve them using innovative analytical and experimental techniques.
  • understanding of engineering principles and techniques and the ability to apply them to accomplish a project.

In addition, you will develop your skills of project execution, literature review and technical report writing. As the project provides an opportunity to develop your employability in engineering, you will also continue your personal development planning.

Entry requirements

This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at OU levels 1 and 2.

This module is only open to students of our Master of Engineering (M04).

This module cannot be studied as a module of any other qualification, including our Open degree. It is also not available for standalone study.

To study this project module, normally you should have studied one of the OU level 3 modules listed below.

We recommend that you complete 60 credits at OU level 3 from the list below and 30 credits at postgraduate level from either Technology innovation management (TB801) or Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849), before studying this project module.

Electronics

Environmental management

Failure of stressed materials

Fluid mechanics

Innovation and design

Small worlds

  • Nanoscale engineering (T366) – planned for October 2021
  • Understanding small worlds: micro and nano technology (T356) – discontinued

Solid mechanics

Structural integrity

Sustainable energy

When you register you will be asked to complete and submit an options form electronically to inform us of you project theme. It is important that you return your choice in early September before the module start date. This will allow us to allocate you the most appropriate tutor in terms of subject expertise.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

What's included

The study materials will be delivered online via the module website:

  • study planner
  • study guide
  • subject-specific advice
  • guidance on defining your project title and aims
  • assessment materials.

In addition there will be input from the OU library as well as resources on literature reviewing and report writing.

Computing requirements

A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.

The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

Throughout your module studies, you’ll get help and support from your assigned module tutor. They’ll help you by:

  • Marking your assignments (TMAs) and providing detailed feedback for you to improve.
  • Guiding you to additional learning resources.
  • Providing individual guidance, whether that’s for general study skills or specific module content.
  • Facilitating online discussions between your fellow students, in the dedicated module and tutor group forums.

Module tutors also run online tutorials throughout the module. Where possible, recordings of online tutorials will be made available to students. While these tutorials won’t be compulsory for you to complete the module, you’re strongly encouraged to take part. If you want to participate, you’ll likely need a headset with a microphone.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit some of your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). Your assignment booklet will tell you which method of submission you should use for each assignment.

If you have a disability

The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying T460 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

Future availability

The MEng individual project (T460) starts once a year – in October.

This page describes the module that will start in October 2021.

We expect it to start for the last time in October 2024.

Course work includes:

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
1 Interactive computer-marked assignment (iCMA)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school