Masters Project Information
To be awarded the credits for the project you must be registered under one of the following codes for the academic year that you are due to complete the project in.
- EE592 - Electronic Systems Project
- EE593 - Telecommunications Engineering Project
- EE594 - Nanoelectronics/Photonics Major Project
- EE595 - Image Processing & Analysis Major Project
- EE596 - Network Implementation Major Project
We say that the purpose of the project is to give each student the opportunity to:
- develop an in-depth technical competence in one or more advanced engineering or communication and information processing disciplines,
- apply basic and advanced knowledge of science, technology and software engineering,
- undertake structured problem identification and formulation,
- devise solutions, design experiments, and generate and analyse results,
- effectively communicate the outcome of their technical achievements to engineering colleagues,
- appreciate the context of their work and where appropriate apply the systems approach to design and operational performance,
- function effectively as an individual, or in collaboration with others (depending on the requirements of the project), towards project completion
You will notice the careful use of language here – ‘give each student the opportunity to:’ Of course to get the benefits you have to take the opportunity. Fortunately most do and a rewarding and fulfilling individual experience follows. Whilst your performance is your responsibility, a project supervisor, or advisor, is assigned to each project. The supervisor is very likely to be the person who will have suggested the project in the first place, and will have specialist knowledge and interest in the topic. At the upper end of achievement we would expect a completed piece of work at about the standard required of a conference paper or a short journal paper.
Because of the time allocated to the project, and our ‘lofty’ expectations, we assign a heavy weighting to the project grade when overall classifications are calculated. Each taught module is worth 150 points in this calculation. The project is worth 600 points.
Note: Graduation occurs in the March after completion for a normally progressing student.
As can be seen, the project timeline spans from the end of October until Mid September. During this period, there are a number of required submissions/events, principally:
- Oral Presentation
- Final Interview & Assessment
Both of these events typically take place at Dublin City University and students should ensure they are available for the arranged dates. There are a number of different types of registration (part-time/full-time) and initial starting dates. The timeline will be identical in all situations, but may occur at different stages, as described in the 'Project Activity Schedule' below.
Project Activity Schedule
This diagram explains where the Project Activities take place during the programme of a typical student.
- As you can see, all full-time students starting in September are expected to register for an appropriate project module and begin their project activities in the October of that year.
- Part-time students and full-time students who start in February are expected to wait until their second year of registration in order to register for an appropriate project module and begin their project activities.
Note: you cannot undertake a project unless you are registered for a project module.
Projects are carried out by individuals who may work alone, or in collaboration with colleagues where a supervisor advises that benefit may be gained by so doing.
Project grades will be determined on the basis of individual submissions. Joint reports are not permitted.
Thinking back for a minute to the purpose that we have given the project. If you produce an individual piece of work that is based on a clear problem analysis, scheduled your time to improve the likelihood of completion, applied basic and specialist knowledge, and appreciated the systems context of the topic, then you have to tell us about it so that we can assign a grade. So, each student is expected to make a presentation at the Masters’ colloquium, write and present a report structured in accordance with the report guidelines provided by the school and present for a discussion with examiners following submission of the report.
There is a great deal of personal satisfaction and professional enhancement possible if you approach the presentation of your work enthusiastically. The three occasions that we provide for this are what we think represent best practice whilst giving you every opportunity to convince us as to the quality of your achievements. To be honest, most people are frightened of the presentation part but are quite comfortable with the report and the oral. Having said that, this is an opportunity to lay a ghost to rest and rehearse a form of communication that is common in professional practice.