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MSc Communications and Signal Processing with Extended Research

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Extended Dissertation Project

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN60770
Credit rating 120
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Available as a free choice unit? No


Brief Description of the Unit:

The student will carry out the research programme outlined in the Project Specification and will write and submit a Poster, an Extended Abstract, an Academic Paper and a Dissertation on the subject of this research, and will also give a Presentation on the research subject at a mini-conference.


The Dissertation should demonstrate an appropriate level of professional competence in the practical development of a suitable application that meets a perceived need, specification or the realisation of a research project.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·         Describe and evaluate the methodology used.

·         Demonstrate the application of the appropriate disciplinary skills.

·         Describe and evaluate the solution and its theoretical and practical significance.

Intellectual skills

·         Analyse a problem and the relevant literature or practical context.

·         Design an appropriate solution.

·         Appraise critically the project, indicating the rationale for the proposed solution, lessons learnt during the course of the project, and evaluation of the solution and methodology used.

Practical skills

·         Use of software simulation and CAD tools as appropriate in the construction of the problem solution.

·         Use programming and software tools relevant to the system operation.

·         Use appropriate test and measurement equipment to acquire data related to the problem.

·         Use hardware necessary to construct and integrate the system.

·         Use software tools as appropriate to record and analyse data.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

·         Demonstrate creativity and problem solving skills.

·         Demonstrate academic writing (including use of references), project management, risk analysis, project documentation.

·         Demonstrate presentation skills to a large audience. 

Assessment methods

Assessment Component

Number of Credits



Poster and Presentation 


Extended Abstract 


Academic Paper 


Academic Paper Presentation 



Total: 120


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