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City University Incubation center, will encouraged to develop skills that will enable you to carry out self-directed project based activity. All undergraduate students will use these skills to carry out an independent, but supervised, piece of research which further promote entrepreneurship in the region. This self-directed piece of work is seen as the pinnacle of your academic achievement, and gives you the opportunity to consolidate the skills you have acquired throughout your program of study. It will also have an effect on your own employability, giving you experiences and skills that are valued by employers. The CUBIC allows you to further your interest in a particular topic by developing your own research question in discussion with a supervisor, and then designing and reporting on your own research and its outcomes. It gives you the opportunity to manage your own project, and make a contribution to the research in an area of your choice. Your project may take many forms, e.g. a website, a community-based project, an empirical study involving data collection, a dissertation or an artefact, but will be referred to in this document as the Final Year Project (FYP). Below you will find details describing the main characteristics of an FYP, followed by more specific information about supervision and assessment.
The CUBIC is a significant part of every department and this is generally reflected in the number
of credits it represents; this is indicated within the prospectus provided by university.
You will receive research methods training to prepare you for your FYP; this will be appropriate
for the different type(s) of project provided by department. As part of this, you will be made
aware of any ethical or health and safety implications of undertaking your project. Check with
your supervisor as they will be able to provide you with advice on ensuring the necessary
provisions are in place.
You may be required to apply to a relevant Ethics Committee to undertake research involving
data collection; this too will provide valuable skills for the future. The Department of Civil
Engineering will provide advice on how to select the type of project you will undertake, and on
choosing a topic. You will be provided with a transparent and fair process for selecting your
project, which may include selecting from a pre-determined list or generating your own ideas
and developing those into a project in discussion with a supervisor, typically a member of the
academic staff team teaching on your area of interest.
The FYPs will be conducted as a group. However, in such cases, each student would have an
independent contribution to make, perhaps focusing on their own research question, particular
aspects of the method or elements of data analysis. Each student will generate their own part
in report, dissertation or other output that demonstrates achievement of the FYP’s learning
Steps in CUBIC