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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

XJEL3875 Individual Engineering Project

50 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr. Sadegh Azizi

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

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. If it is not possible to deliver traditional teaching methods, such as lectures and practical classes, we may need to substitute alternative (online) formats of delivery and amend the timetable accordingly. ‘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.


The Individual Engineering Project is a major independent technical project. Students are required to investigate and define a technical problem, and develop a solution by employing the knowledge and skills gained in previous years of study.Students work under the supervision of an academic specialist from whom they receive regular guidance and support. At the conclusion of the module, the student should have gained significantly in self-confidence in the context of a technical project; verbal and written communication skills should have developed, and technical knowledge in some area should have been expanded.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Define a technical problem, experimental investigation or design objective and propose a feasible plan of work to research and/or develop an appropriate solution within the constraints of time and resources available.
2. Apply project management skills including time planning, 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 specialist and non-specialist 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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours494.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)500.00

Private study

In 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 Feedback

Students will receive feedback on their progress during meetings with their academic supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentFormative Assessment0.00
ProjectProject Report - assessed on technical achievement and quality45.00
PresentationPresentation and oral examination30.00
In-course AssessmentStudent Conduct (Engagement and Initiative)10.00
AssignmentProject Proposal15.00
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 list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 16/11/2021 14:53:43


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