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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE1660 Integrated Design Project I (inc Design Studio 1)

20 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Dr. Louise Fletcher

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

Year running 2015/16

Module replaces

CIVE1706 - Integrated Design Project

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module students will have an increased knowledge and understanding of: the engineering design process, the principles of engineering analysis, the integration of various specific subjects as taught in other Level 1 modules, the impact of civil engineering on society, and the practical transferable skills required of a professional civil engineer.

Learning outcomes
- The engineering design process;
- Principles of engineering analysis;
- Integrated of civil engineering principles;
- Team working;
- Use of IT in engineering;
- Various forms of communication.

Skills outcomes
By the end of the module students will be competent at:
- independent learning: the ability to deal with complex situations and take decisions;
- communicating with other students and staff;
- working independently to plan and implement tasks, including their own personal learning;
- improving personal performance through reflective review and target setting based on identified personal limitation;
- understanding team roles, assessing the effectiveness of teams, and having the ability to act as leader;
- practical skills in laboratories, including an understanding of health and safety issues;
- understanding the civil engineering profession through site visits and seminars by current practitioners.


In order to demonstrate their competence and progress towards professionalism, students will undertake a specific design project that includes a feasibility study leading to an option analysis to produce a solution, which will be developed using a risk assessment. Within the context of the project students will gain experience of project management, costing, quality, health and safety, environmental impact and sustainability.

The project contains group and individual elements and students will have gained sufficient experience of the design process and associated underpinning skills to enable them to undertake more demanding projects in later years of the course.

The students will also undertake a "design, build and test" exercise to enhance their skills in criticial analysis and improve their understanding of the construction process.

The module also aims to enhance the competence of students in drawing, including CAD, information technology, and design skills. Drawing practice covers the drawing set, the importance of sketches and technical drawings as a means of communication, and an introduction to depiction, conventions and standard practice as used by practising civil engineers. Both hand drawing and CAD are used to illustrate these principles.

Good practice is developed in the use of electronic media, the manipulation and presentation of data and information, and the role of computers in engineering analysis. On completion of this module students will have developed skills in drawing (by hand and by CAD), IT, and at working both within a team and as an individual.

A range of personal and professionals skills are developed in the context of the design project and evidence of competences is presented in a professional skills folder. Students undertake reflective reviews on their progress and maintain personal development plans together with completion of either the ICE Development Objectives or the IStructE Core Objectives.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours100.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be expected to undertake a range of private study activities both individually and within their teams:
- Individual work will be undertaken by each student on IT, drawing and professional development;
- Group work will be undertake on the design project work based on a specific brief and following the design process and also on the design, build and test project.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The design project is developed through a series of tasks which are submitted as formative exercises. These include workshop activities covering planning, creativity and risk assessments; and organisational charts, presentations and task profiles. In addition there is a substantial formative exercise in the form of an option analysis which brings together all the activity of the first semester and is used to signpost the design work in the second semester. The formative exercises are designed to give feedback and given the importance of feedback in helping students learn through doing it are important that these exercises are submitted and submitted on time. Formative exercises are not marked but if they are not submitted on time than 2% will be deducted from the final mark for the module up to a maximum on 10%.

The individual professional development element is assessed through a range of different pieces of coursework:
- Submission of 2 formative and 3 summative hand drawings in Semester 1;
- Submission of 11 summative CAD drawings in Semester 2;
- 1 presentation in semester 1 (formative) and 1 in Semester 2 (summative);
- Submission of a formative piece of coursework at the end of Semester 1;
- Submission of a professional skills folder (summative) at the end of Semester 2;
- Completion of summative coursework associated with the modelling workshops in Semesters 1 and 2.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportDesign Project Final Report50.00
ReportDesign, Build and Test Report20.00
PresentationSemester 2 Group Presentation4.50
Computer ExerciseCAD drawings3.00
PracticalHand drawings4.50
Reflective logProfessional skills folder15.00
Computer ExerciseModelling workshops3.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit arrangements: 50% Design project 50% Professional skills folder

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Last updated: 09/12/2015


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