40 credits at level HE6
The aim of the project is to develop each student’s capacity to explore the application of engineering science principles, design methodologies and appropriate technology in identifying and solving technical problems in an engineering applications context. The project will make specific demands of the student that require the integration of acquired study knowledge and engineering practice experience for its completion. The learning approach will be essentially a co-operative one, which will instil confirmation of learning by "doing" and verification, and which will also enable students' design abilities to be developed and assessed. Other personal and engineering qualities such as self-motivation, organisation, planning, creativity, imagination and initiative will be encouraged in the process.
Project 3 will focus on design and implementation. The challenge will be to engineer practical solutions to defined technical problems. These problems may be related to on-going research and consultancy, but they will be supportive in nature, having well-defined end-points and substantially known methodologies. This contrasts with the Honours Project 3, which will be more open-ended, and will require greater initiative in the evaluation of alternative approaches.
Nevertheless, the projects will be scrutinised to ensure that those students who have a particular empathy with project work will have the opportunity to demonstrate their individual flair and creativity.
The assessment of Project 3 will relate particularly to the identified and defined objectives that comprise the project specification.
The project will address four key themes that will contribute in equal measure to the overall assessment for the project. These are:
• Product design & realisation
• Project management
• Project reporting
• Project achievement
The ‘Product Design and Realisation’ theme is particular to Project 3 where the emphasis is on the technical implementation of solutions to well-defined engineering tasks.
The Project 3 student is expected to demonstrate the ability to carry out design work requiring the application of sound engineering principles. The success of the project will be judged primarily on the extent to which a functional solution to the specified problem is achieved. Since a project 3 specification will normally relate to established technological approaches, the student will be expected to demonstrate the extent to which the specification has been adapted. The emphasis should be on refinement of design and on ensuring fitness for purpose. The assessment component (project realisation) will incorporate the contribution based upon evidence of engineering competence.
Learning outcomes are measured by reference to four key themes. Attainment against published criteria is assessed in each area. The key themes each represent a 10 credit contribution to the overall project assessment.
Under guidance from the supervisor, the student produces an initial plan, and this is assessed by two members of the project committee. Approximately half way through the year the student gives a formal oral presentation on the project to fellow students and staff. This is assessed by two members of the project committee, neither of who was the assessor for the plan.
At the end of the project the student has a viva voce examination that is conducted by two members of the project committee and the supervisor: the student has an opportunity to demonstrate practical aspects of the project,. The student must also produce a final report, which is assessed by a project committee member and an independent member of staff.
The weightings contributing to the key themes distribute as :-
Product Design & Realisation (10 credits)
Project Plan 20%
Project Report 30%
Project Management (10 credits)
Project Plan 20%
Continuous Assessment 50%
Project Reporting (10 credits)
Project Presentation 25%
Project Report 75%
Project Achievement (10 credits)
Continuous Assessment 50%
The net assessment contributions to the overall project mark are approximately:
Project Plan 10%
Project Presentation 10%
Project Viva 30%
Project Report 25%
Continuous Assessment 25%
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of a specific engineering problem.||
Identify clearly the characteristics of the problem to be solved.
Demonstrate awareness of the engineering context of the problem.
Independently solve problems of a scientific and technical nature.
|2.||Justify the approaches used.||
Select between candidate strategies for solving practical problems.
Exercise independent judgement in evaluating resource requirement, planning tasks, and managing activities.
Summarise and evaluate the outcomes of any theoretical and/or practical investigations, design work, measurement, etc. performed.
|3.||Undertake self-managed investigative or design tasks appropriate to performing a role in a professional engineering environment.||
Demonstrate awareness of the context in which the project has arisen.
Take responsibility for scheduling, managing and implementing a project.
Communicate technical information both orally and in writing.
|4.||Undertake independent research, take responsibility for continuing personal professional development and undertake further learning.||
Formulate strategies and propose approaches for solving technical engineering problems.
Select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources.
Seek and respond to guidance.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Plan + Presentation + continuous assessment + report + viva|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
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