20 credits at level HE6
The final year project is a student-centred activity where the student is expected to explore the application of mechatronics principles, design methodologies and appropriate technology, identify and solve technical problems. The module provides students the opportunities to integrate acquired knowledge from a variety of specialist modules and engineering practice experiences, and to demonstrate originality, creativity, and independant investigation and analysis. The module also provides opportunities for personal development planning and reflection.
In particular, the module will develop the student's ability to:
• define a problem or a topic and plan a workload;
• undertake comprehensive research and practical investigation;
• analyse outcomes and present conclusions and recommendations.
No formal syllabus, but guidance from supervisor and project co-ordinator about
specific sources of information;
use of experiment equipment;
health and safety and ethical concerns;
obtaining of necessary approvals;
dissertation report structure and format.
The project comprises four staged assessments: a plan (proposal), a progress presentation, a 10000 word report, and a viva voce examination. Students are encouraged to consider possible topic areas and to undertake preliminary research in the induction week by the project co-ordinator. The formal identification of titles and content, plus the allocation of supervisors will be completed at the end of first month in the final academic year. The project is supported by a supervisor, and also a co-ordinator for the year whose responsibilities include the assignment of supervisors to students, setting deadlines for the continuous assessments and advising on the associated performance criteria, distributing project reports for marking, and overseeing the progress presentations and viva voce examinations.
The various assessment items are marked as follows for students:
• the project plan, formulated in consultation with the supervisor, is assessed by the
• the progress presentation is assessed by a small team of staff which typically includes
supervisor, coordinator, pathway leader and/or external examiner;
• the report is assessed by an independent member of staff designated as examiner, in
consultation with the supervisor;
• the viva voce examination is again assessed by a small team of staff which typically includes
examiner, supervisor, coordinator and/or pathway leader.
Regular meetings are held between student and supervisor to agree targets and report on progress, and tutorials are held periodically between students and coordinator in line with each staged assessment.
Tutorials 10 hours
Planning 10 hours
Background Reading 30 hours
Preparation for Presentation 20 hours
Independent Research and Investigation 90 hours
Production of Report 30 hours
Preparation for Viva 10 hours
Total 200 hours
To provide PDP opportunities students are requested to maintain a personal project diary and each student will be asked to respond in their diaries to the following questions, it is also expected that some of these questions would be raised during the project viva:
1) How well did you perform your information gathering exercises?
2) Identify one weakness that the project displayed and discuss how you went about overcoming it.
3) How effective were your time management skills and could they be improved?
4) How has the project improved your chances of obtaining employment or if already employed how has it improved the way in which you conduct your work duties?
5) Record any significant further work that could follow on from the conclusion of your project.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Research, collate and organise material from a variety of sources in the pursuance of a project. integrate knowledge gained in a range of areas, including the social and commercial context of engineering/mechatronics work.
Research, gather material and create solutions from a range of information sources.
Produce a well referenced document in line with the academic rigours of the particular discipline plus contemporary and ethical issues.
Create mechatronics solutions by synthesising ideas and by considering a range of factors which impinge on decision-making (e.g. quality, cost, safety, environmental issues etc).
|2.||Engage in creative and independent thought and judgement on a particular topic.
Deploy relevant conceptual frameworks and analytical tools in collecting and interpreting data.
Demonstrate originality in choice and definition of topic and/or investigative approach.
Evidence depth of intellectual engagement with the project subject.
Design a suitable test/study/investigation which permits technical analysis and critical evaluation of results.
|3.||Adopt a creative and strategic approach to problem-solving which reflects industrial practice and need. Display general IT skills of a professional standard, and the ability to use pertinent software for the analysis, manipulation and presentation of engineering information.
Select and apply a strategy and problem-solving techniques appropriate to their pathway and to professional practice.
Compile a high-quality report and presentation using Office software.
Select and apply appropriate computer-based
methods for modelling and analysing mechatronics problems.
|4.||Demonstrate the ability to engage in Personal Development Planning by committing to a long-term project and employing effective time management skills and techniques in setting and accomplishing objectives.
Articulate arguments to a high standard via written report and oral presentation, and engage in debate in a professional manner with disciplinary peers.
Plan and execute a project within a given time restraint, set realistic and feasible objectives, identify and prioritise tasks, generate and adhere to a time plan e.g. Gantt chart, monitor progress throughout the project using a personal project diary, identify the contribution made by the project to student own personal development, structure a dissertation report to suit topic, display a high standard of critical argument and prose, and validate conclusions and recommendations.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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