2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ELEC3885 Group Design Project
50 creditsClass Size: 100
Module manager: Dr. Sadegh Azizi
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Module replacesELEC3880 Group Design Project
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) any online activities/sessions. Where learning activities are scheduled to take place on campus, it may be possible and/or necessary for some students to join these sessions remotely. Some of the listed contact hours may also be optional surgeries. Students will be provided with full information about the arrangements for all of these activities by the module staff at the beginning of the teaching semester.‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of online sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.
ObjectivesThe Group Design Project (GDP) is a major, group-based, design and development project taken by students on the School's core degree programmes in the penultimate year of an MEng Honours degree. Groups of three or four students are involved in the organisation and delivery of a substantial engineering project. A report on the project is written and there is a public oral presentation at the end of the work.Each project is supervised by an academic, who guides and monitors the work of the group through regular (usually weekly) meetings. However, it is a feature of the module to encourage self-organisation and use of initiative by the students. At the conclusion of the module, the student should have gained significantly in self-confidence in the context of a team technical project; verbal and written communication skills should have developed and technical knowledge in some area should have been expanded.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Define an overall design objective and functional system block diagram, and propose a feasible plan of work with an appropriate distribution of sub-system parts between the group members.
2. Apply project management skills including time planning, team working, working to deadlines and producing deliverables.
3. Demonstrate creativity, innovation and technical competence by implementing the project proposal, delivering the problem solving, experimental investigation or design work specified in the plan, and reach substantiated conclusions derived from the work undertaken.
4. Manage technical uncertainty, analyse scenarios and identify realistic options.
5. Select and evaluate technical literature and other sources of information.
6. Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences.
7. Reflect on progress and identify self-learning and development through undertaking a substantial technical project.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Project planning and management
Identification of resources and managing cost drivers
Identification and analysis of project risk
Working with Gantt charts, work breakdown structure, critical path, milestones and deliverables
Safe working practices, Risk assessment
Report writing and oral presentation
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||494.00|
|Total Contact hours||6.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||500.00|
Private studyIn addition to the supporting lectures, students will have meetings with an academic (staff) supervisor. It is expected that there will be an opportunity for students to meet their supervisor an average of once per week for the duration of the project (term weeks). However, the precise format and frequency of these meetings will be arranged between the supervisor and the student.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will receive feedback on their progress during meetings with their academic supervisor.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Initial Assignment - Group Submission||15.00|
|Assignment||Formative Group Submission||0.00|
|Project||Project Report - Technical Achievement and Quality||45.00|
|Presentation||Presentation and Oral Examination||30.00|
|In-course Assessment||Student Contact (Engagement, Initative)||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
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