This group research project enables you to apply your engineering and science knowledge to a real world engineering problem. The ideas are developed through detailed design, experimentation, computer modelling and/or manufacture. You will also consider and manage wider aspects such as the (a) social, (b) economic, (c) political, (d) legislative, (e) environmental, (f) cultural, (g) ethical (h) and sustainability issues related to the subject matter of the project.
Working in groups you will meet regularly with your supervisor and any external sponsor, develop your team working, plan your project, present your work through meetings with your supervisor and sponsor and also prepare and submit reports and oral presentations. You will consolidate your project management skills. At all times you will monitor your progress as a team to ensure you are achieving the objectives set and ensuring quality of output.
Aims and Objectives
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Coordinate a creative and innovative research and implementation solution with the effective use of appropriate design methodologies
- Describe any commercial risks [as appropriate]
- Assess the social, economic, political, legislative, environmental, cultural, ethical, technical, environmental and commercial aspects of the problem to be solved in order to develop a comprehensive project brief
- Gather and synthesise data, contextualise your results, recommend further work, or how work could have been improved
- Research information related to research design and discuss within the group
- Evaluate critically your strategy, processes and output
- Apply appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to the analysis of unfamiliar problems
- Generate ideas related to researching and implementing new or appropriate solutions, systems, components or processes
- Locate, read, understand and review research papers and be able to describe different research and methodological approaches across disciplines
- Design a research project using appropriate techniques aimed at providing a solution to a sustainable infrastructure problem.
Subject Specific Practical Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Reflect on group processes and own role in team work
- Record discussions at supervisory and peer based meetings in such a way that they can be effectively referred to in the future
- Monitor the progress of your research and the project outcomes
- Demonstrate independence as a learner
- Communicate both orally and in writing
- Establish a project plan that is efficient and recognises group strengths and the time frame
- Use (if appropriate) computer based engineering tools and modelling to solve problems
- Locate, read, understand and review research papers
- Prioritise competing demands
- Plan and meet your own deadlines
- Manage your time
Key milestones are:
- Initial meeting with supervisor(s).
- Nomination of and meeting with your internal second marker/examiner.
- Submission of risk assessments.
- Data gathering field trips.
- Final written report submission.
- Oral assessment.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The main element will be regular meetings, preferably weekly but could be less often, as agreed by all parties between the project supervisors and the students. Initially, these meetings will be used to define the details of the projects and then to review the progress of the group.
An initial meeting with the students and the project coordinator will help to clarify the objectives and methods of assessment of the projects.
Depending on the project and her/his role in the team, each student could be involved in a wide range of learning activities. The following elements will be common:
- Self-directed study: given the size of the projects, you will be responsible for several subtasks. This could include consulting relevant textbooks and researching papers, consulting members of academic staff for technical support, writing computer programs, and liaising with technicians, external companies or ‘clients’.
- Group-led work: you will have to synthesise and report your work to the other group members to contribute to the discussions and decision making within the group. Team work will also
include organising the project, distributing the tasks between the students and coordinating these tasks.
- Reporting: During the regular meetings with the supervisors the students will present their current work. At the end of the first term a presentation describing the project plan and progress of the group will be delivered by each group to the supervisors, project coordinator or external industry sponsor. At the end of the year in June each group will submit a report and deliver a final presentation.
You will have support from your project supervisor during the project. Make sure that you effectively use meetings with him or her. It is up to you also to make good use of all the resources available with the Faculty and the University. There is always support from the library to support your research skills see www.southampton.ac.uk/library/resources/ for help with information skills.
You will be asked at the end of the project to comment on the contributions made by each member of the group. If you have any problems within the group, discuss them with your supervisor.
When you write up your work ensure there is no plagiarism – if you are in doubt, see the Academic Skills guide ‘Referencing your work at: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/unde...hing/academic_skills_guides.html.
This guide will also help you to understand how to reference correctly using the referencing system which you should be using.
|Supervised time in studio/workshop||20|
|Total study time||450|
Resources & Reading list
Funds and Other Resource. Resources required are dependent on the project you undertake and you will be given a budget that you must manage to deliver your design to cost. Each project qualifies for funding at a level determined by the core project funding and the number of students in each group. Funds will cover the costs of travel expenses, materials and hospitality for project sponsors. All requests for reimbursement against project funds should be submitted to the CDT-SIS administrator. Each group should appoint a treasurer who is responsible for ensuring that the budget is properly managed.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal