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Topic: Applied Mathematics for mechanical Engineering

Southampton Solent University
Assessment Brief
Assessment Details

Unit Title:
Applied Mathematics for Mechanical Systems

Unit Code:

Unit Leader:
R Benham


Assessment Title:
Laboratory Report

Assessment Number:

Assessment Type:

Restrictions on Time/Length :
Equivalent to 2000 words


Assessment Weighting:

Issue Date:
1st October 2016

Hand In Date:
Part I – 10th February 2017
Part II – 24th March 2017

Planned Feedback Date:
10th March 2017 (Part I); 24th April 2017 (Part II)

Mode of Submission:
Online via Turnitin

Number of copies to be submitted:
One per part

Anonymous Marking

Due to the requirement of supporting evidence this assessment will be exempt from anonymous marking as it falls within an exempt category under the University’s Anonymous Marking Policy.

Assignment Brief:
The in-course assessment requires FOUR lab reports. Two of these will be based on the mechanical labs and the other two on thermo-fluids. The assessment is split so that students complete the two mechanical lab reports in February 2017 and the two on thermo-fluids in March 2017.
Throughout the academic year you will be required to take part in eight mechanics laboratory sessions, followed by a vibration and thermo-fluid experiments. You are expected to fully participate – there will not be any opportunities to completely repeat laboratory work once the sessions have commenced and it is your responsibility to attend and complete the lab activities within the given time.
Part I – Due by 2200 on 10th February 2017
By 1200 on 22nd December 2016 a list will appear on the My Course site for EMS501. The list will contain the names of all of the students on the unit and will offer three laboratory experiments that students can write up for this assessment. Students must select TWO of the lab experiments offered and write these up as a single formal report, in a Word document. Please note that the first two experiments will be counted; any students writing up any more labs or non-designated labs on the list will NOT be marked for summative assessment.
The discussion will contribute a major part towards the assessment so students should avoid spending too long on the objective/method parts. The lab report should include the sections as described in the hand out ‘Log Books’ which was given out at the start of the academic year. The word count ONLY relates to your lab discussion so the objective, method, results etc. do not need to be included in this. Any extra work should be properly constructed in appendices.
Part II – Due by 2200 on 24th March 2017
Students will be required to submit TWO labs from the thermo-fluid and vibration experiments. Details of the lab work required from students will be posted on the EMS501 My Course site by 7th March 2017.
For ALL lab reports you MUST reference all sources and show full calculations. Graphs and images can be scanned into the report but calculations should be properly typed.
You must submit your report by the deadline on the EMS501 Solent Online Learning site via Turnitin. Submissions made by other means will be deemed as non-submissions.
Work submitted up to five days late will incur a penalty cap of a maximum mark of 40%. Work cannot be submitted after the five day late hand-in and in any case will be recorded as a non-submission.

Below Threshold
Very Good

Grade mark – N,S,F4,F3,F2,F1
Grade mark -D3,D2,D1
Grade mark -C3,C2,C1
Grade mark -B3,B2,B1
Grade mark – A4,A3,A2,A1

Appropriate use of literature and reference material.

Does not reach the required threshold. Does not provide adequate supportive evidence or information from sources.
Some supportive evidence from a limited range of sources and/or inadequate referencing.
Selection of relevant support material from a range of credible identified sources but with some omissions. Some application in support of argument.
Appropriate selection of relevant material from a range of credible sources that are generally well referenced and support argument.
Comprehensive analysis of perspectives drawn from a wide selection of relevant support evidence that is clearly identified and referenced.

Analysis of data

Does not reach the required threshold. Partial data or full data with no full attempt at the interpretation of data.
Includes full data and attempts the interpretation but with errors or ambiguity present.
Shows an understanding of presenting data and produces the required work to satisfactory standard. Improvement possible in some areas, e.g. units, scales, presentation, calculations.
Includes correct calculations and presents data to a high standard. Comments on the validity and reviews reasons for variation.
Comprehensive coverage of the results with full data analysis and high depth of detail with reference to the values obtained. Cross-linked with findings in literature.

Report writing and communication

Does not reach the required threshold. Illogical or vague synopsis of method, observations etc.
Demonstrates limited skills to establish solutions. Inadequate structure or layout. Statements not fully supported by evidence presented and/or contains inaccuracies.
Shows a reasoned approach to the structure of the report. Can communicate ideas effectively based on the findings of the laboratory experiment.
Good layout and structure to the report. Sections properly referenced with justification of literature used to support arguments.
Fully reflects and evaluates on the results, applications, validity etc of the experiment. Correct referencing with minimal grammatical/technical errors.

Assessment Criteria and Grading

Learning Outcomes
This assessment will enable students to demonstrate in full or in part the learning outcomes identified in the unit descriptors.
Extenuating Circumstances
The University’s Extenuating Circumstances procedures are in place if there are genuine circumstances that may have affected your academic performance. Remember however you need to be ‘fit to study’, this means that you can either submit your assessed work or declare extenuating circumstances, but you cannot do both.
A summary of guidance notes for students is given below:

Academic Misconduct
Any submissions must be your own work and, where facts or ideas have been used from other sources, these sources must be appropriately referenced. The University’s Academic Handbook, includes the definitions of all practices that will be deemed to constitute academic misconduct. You should check this link before submitting your work.
Procedures relating to student academic misconduct are given below:
Ethics Policy
The work being carried out by the student must be in compliance with the Ethics Policy. Where there is an ethical issue, as specified within the Ethics Policy, then the student will need an ethics release or an ethical approval prior to the start of the project.

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