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ELEC6200 Group Design Project

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to intensive group project work in collaboration with an industrial or academic customer. Students work in groups of four or five on a challenging project which will be typically based on an idea from an industrial partner, or from a research project looking to transfer technology to industry or build a demonstrator/proof of concept.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the group design project is to encourage both innovation and engagement with the broader engineering context (financial, economic, social, environmental). The use of ‘real world’ engineering problems requires students to actively engage with their customers to determine the scope and requirements of their project, in order to provide a realistic simulation of the sort of challenges that they are likely to face as engineering graduates.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A range of subject areas that are relevant to your project, including some from outside engineering, and their application to your project
  • Design processes, methodologies, specialist tools and techniques used to design, analyse, implement and verify systems in your area of engineering
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work as part of a team to manage your project, by planning and allocating tasks, and by coordinating your activities with those of your team mates
  • Make effective use of available resources (human, economic and time)
  • Present and explain joint technical work, both in written form and in formal group and individual presentations
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Liaise with customers in order to determine the scope and requirements of your project, and the criteria for judging its success
  • Apply design processes and methodologies and adapt them in unfamiliar situations
  • Generate innovative designs for products, systems, components or processes to fulfill new needs
  • Apply engineering techniques, taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints
  • Apply mathematical and computer-based models for solving problems in engineering
  • Assess the limitations of particular cases when solving engineering problems, and reflect on and critically evaluate the effectiveness of your chosen approach
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Acquire specialist knowledge through critical study of the relevant research literature
  • Solve unfamiliar problems and address challenges encountered during the course of your project
  • Relate your project to current activities in research and development, and identify any potential novel contributions that might arise from your project
  • Analyse and report on the financial, economic, social and environmental issues arising from your project

Syllabus

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Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task83
Follow-up work6
Lecture12
Project supervision12
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Wider reading or practice31
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resource type. As this is a capstone project, students may refer back to and use any relevant course resources from earlier modules.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Group Report The largest element of the assessment is the group report, which gives the group the opportunity to report on their planning; their allocation of responsibilities; their design, implementation and testing, including any innovative solution; their relationship with their industrial "customer"; and to justify their chosen approach. The group report must indicate clearly the individual contributions of all partners and should contain at most 4000 words per group member. The group report is submitted in semester 2 and counts for up to 75% of the total module mark (at the discretion of the examiners). 20% of the marks from the group report derive from the writing and presentation of the report, and the remaining 80% derive from the technical contribution made by the project, including the team work aspect. The 'team work aspect' will also take into account delivery of the 'customer' requirements as well as effective project management. Group Presentations and Poster The presentations give the group an opportunity to describe what they are planning to accomplish, and to demonstrate what they have achieved. There are three presentations. The group also create a poster, summarising their project. This poster and the final presentation are assessed and together contribute at least 5% towards the final mark for the GDP (at the discretion of the examiners). Individual Reflection Each student will also produce a critical appraisal of their project, including the rationale for any design or implementation decisions they were responsible for, and an evaluation of the achievements of the group, how well everyone worked together, and the effectiveness of the planning and development process. Up to 2000 words. The individual reflection contributes 5% towards the final mark for the GDP. Individual Report The individual report requires each student to write a report that demonstrates their understanding of technology exploitation, including its business, social and environmental impact, by analysing the broader issues arising from their project, using evidence provided by external speakers, considering associated issues in current research and development activities, and the possibility for enhancing current knowledge and practice. Up to 3000 words. The individual report contributes 15% towards the final mark of the GDP Referral Method By set coursework assignment(s) Due to the nature of this module in that the majority of the assessment is based on group work referral is by internal resit only. It is not possible to refer in the same academic year.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Group Presentations and Report 5%
Group report 75%
Individual reflection 5%
Individual report 15%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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