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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MECH5030M Team Project

60 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr Michael Bryant

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


MECH3890Individual Engineering Project

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, candidates should be able to:
- have a thorough understanding of team roles, teamwork and creativity in terms of a framework such as Myers-Briggs inventory of styles;
- work as part of a team on a major engineering or design project;
- understand the role of the professional engineer in the context of enterprise, business and management;
- apply formal methods of project planning and management, risk assessment and management and team working to a team engineering project;
- develop an initial project outline into a detailed set of project aims, objectives and a work plan;
- apply the skills of logical reasoning based on a comprehensive knowledge of design principles or engineering science, sound professional judgement, independent critical analysis and effective communication, taking into account commercial and industrial constraints, to the team project;
- research technical literature and other information sources in order to gain the required extensive knowledge and understanding of engineering materials and components necessary to complete the project;
- complete a major project undertaking in a timely and professional manner as part of a team;
- communicate the outcomes of a major project in both written and verbal form.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will have learned how to:
1. Apply engineering reasoning and problem solving;
2. Perform systems thinking;
3. Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills;
4. Demonstrate professional skills and attitudes;
5. Utilise project and risk management;
6. Employ detailed research skills;
7. Communicate outcomes of the project.

Upon successful completion of this module the following UK-SPEC learning outcome descriptors are satisfied:
A comprehensive understanding of the relevant scientific principles of the specialisation (SM1m, SM7M)
Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of their own engineering discipline and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively (SM3m)
Awareness of developing technologies related to mechanical engineering (SM4m)
Understanding of concepts relevant to the discipline, some from outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively, including in engineering projects (SM6m, SM9M)
Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to undertake critical analysis of key engineering processes (EA1m)
Understanding of, and the ability to apply, an integrated or systems approach to solving complex engineering problems (EA4m)
Ability both to apply appropriate engineering analysis methods for solving complex problems in engineering and to assess their limitations (EA6m, EA6M)
Ability to collect and analyse research data and to use appropriate engineering analysis tools in tackling unfamiliar problems, such as those with uncertain or incomplete data or specifications, by the appropriate innovation, use or adaptation of engineering analytical methods (EA7M)
Knowledge, understanding and skills to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies (D3m, DM9)
Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences (D6)
Ability to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs (D8m, D11M)
Awareness of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering (EL1m, EL8M)
Awareness of and ability to make general evaluations of risk issues in the context of the particular specialisation, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk (EL6m, EL13M)
Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills (P3)
Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources (P4)
Ability to work with technical uncertainty (P8)
Advanced level knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components (P2m, P12M)
Understanding of different roles within an engineering team and the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader (P11m)
Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities (G1)
Monitor and adjust a personal programme of work on an on-going basis (G3m)
Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader (G4)

Skills outcomes
Candidates will have had the opportunity to develop the following skills through this module:

- engineering reasoning and problem solving
- experimenting
- systems thinking
- professional skills and attitudes
- teamwork and leadership
- communications
- conceiving
- modelling
- analysis
- designing / synthesis


Students undertake an advanced engineering project in groups of 3 to 6 supervised by a member of staff and mentored by a collaborator from industry. The projects are set up to emulate professional practices: students are required to develop a tender or business plan with industrial mentors acting as customers.

Projects are supported by a series of classes and seminars on business and marketing (eg, entrepreneurship, innovation and business ethics), project management (eg, individual approaches to teamwork and creativity, project management, risk management) and research methods.

This module will include a number of lectures/seminars on ethical issues related to the themes of this module and overall programme of study.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours585.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

- Individual study of module material: 185 hours
- Group project work: 400 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentTeam Contract Performance Plan5.00
AssignmentEthics Assessment5.00
Oral PresentationTeam Showcase Presentation10.00
ProjectFinal Team Report Content20.00
Oral PresentationTeam Oral Assessment5.00
PresentationTeam Report Presentation5.00
ProjectFinal Individual Report Content20.00
ProjectIndividual Conduct15.00
Oral PresentationIndividual Oral Assessment10.00
PresentationIndividual Report Presentation5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit to be done in the next academic session.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:30


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