20 credits at level HE5
The project is the foundation for the final year individual project. It develops the skills and knowledge developed in previous study and aims to encourage students to efficiently manage a project from conception to final marketing stage, through directed case study.
In particular, the project will develop the student's ability to:
Identify their own strengths weaknesses
reflect and review the effectiveness of their own performance
Identify and prioritise their own needs for academic, personal and professional development
plan actions to improve weaknesses and build strengths
Appreciate aspects of project management with regard to timing of activities, self-reliance and motivation
Employ communication and presentation skills, to be developed to a professional standard
Apply structured analysis and design methods to pathway specific problems.
The project will be essentially a student centred activity. Advice and informal sessions with the project tutor will be an essential feature of the module.
The choice of project will be determined by the students pathway specialisms and mirroring their interest.
A typical project will be structured around the following framework:
Establishment of a project team, with three to four members
Identification of a pathway specific engineering or management problem or area for investigation.
Structured analysis of the problem, beginning with definition of key specifications, constraints and outputs.
Further analysis of the problem, with task assigned to individual team members.
Structured design and testing of solution, where appropriate.
Co-ordination of project solutions.
Communication of ideas and outcomes.
Teaching Approach :
The group project is essentially student centred, with support from a group supervisor and co-ordinator for the year. Advice on project planning, information seeking and presentation/communication skills will be given by the group supervisor.
Regular and frequent meetings will be held with the supervisor to agree targets and report progress.
Assessment criteria will be set which reflect the honours level and systems aspect of the module, having particular regard to :
Maturity and depth of investigation
Appropriate structure of analysis
Appropriate assignment of tasks to team members
Effectiveness of team working
Appropriate recommendation of improvement and/or strength of design solutions
Structure and clarity of communication
The contribution of individuals to team effort will be assessed by a mixture of peer and supervisor appraisal, with judgements being made during project execution and final presentation.
In order to provide PDP opportunities each student is asked to maintain an individual project diary that records all the relevant project activities. Following the presentation element of the Group Project each student will be asked to respond in their diary to the following typical questions:
1) What was your best contribution that you brought to the group.
2) What was your least favourite contribution that you brought to the group.
3) Provide a summary of your most positive attitude that you displayed during the project.
4) Provide a summary of your least positive attitude that you displayed during the project.
5) Summarise how effective your planning skills were during the project.
6) Record two personal learning achievements that occurred during the project.
7) Summarise two events that occurred during the project that could have been dealt with better.
Project Plan, formulated in consultation with the supervisor, is assessed by the supervisor
Execution, is assessed by the supervisor
The report is assessed by the supervisor in consultation with the co-ordinator
The presentation is assessed by a small team, which typically consists of the supervisor, co-ordinator and pathway leaders.
Lectures: 15 hours
Planning : 10 hours
Independent Research and Investigation:100 hours
Production of Report: 60 hours
Preparation for Presentation:15 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Research for information to develop ideas and solutions||
- Produce evidence of a survey
- Generate references and a bibliography
|2.||Apply Design/Technical knowledge and understanding to solve problems||
- Select relevant implementation strategies
- Generate designs and models using a range of technology
|3.||Analyse systems and processes requiring solutions for a given specification||Generate a range of design options|
|4.||Deal with limited and contradictory information||
- Show initiative in consulting a range of information sources
- Assess the limitations of their proposed solutions.
|5.||Work as an independent team to perform investigatory work necessary for the execution of the project.||
- Identify elements of problem or tasks.
- Estimate the relative times allocated
- Prepare a schedule of prioritised work
|6.||Demonstrate pathway specific modelling skills||- Employ modelling methods and problem analysis. Produce a model.|
|7.||Function within a team and meet specific deadlines||
- Liaise with other specialists.
- Establish project roles and responsibilities according to identified tasks.
- Produce a coherent report from the findings of each member.
|8.||Demonstrate competence in the use of IT tools and communicate effectively via written report and oral presentation||Give a final presentation incorporating a visual display, e.g. PowerPoint, poster display boards.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Abbott H. 1997 "Safer By Design" Gower
Baxter M. 1995 "Product Design, a Practical Guide To Systematic Methods Of New Product Development" Chapman & Hall
Bowden J. 1996 " How To Write A Report, A Step by Step Guide To Report Writing" How To Books
British Standards Institution 1996 "Guide To Project Management" (BS6079) BSI
Burke R. 1999 "Project Management Planning and Control" Wiley
Dym C. 1999 "Engineering Design: A Project Based Introduction" Wiley
Mackenzie D. 1997 "Green Design: Design For The Environment" Lauren King
Maylor H. 1999 "Project Management" Financial Times Management
Powell D. 1994 "Presentation Techniques, A Guide To Drawing and Presenting Design Ideas" Little Brown & Co.
Rudd D. 1998 "Cite Me, I'm Yours: Harvard Style" LLS Publications
Rudd D. 1997 "Giving A Presentation" LLS Publications
Rudd D. 1994 "Report Writing" LLS Publications
Stephens J & Hall (ed) 2000 Kempes Engineers year-book for 2000 Miller Freeman
Wright IC. 1998 "Design in Engineering and Product Design" McGraw Hill
|Host Subject Group:||Product Design and Development|
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