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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5851M Integrated Design Project 4

30 creditsClass Size: 112

Module manager: Mr David Richardson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


CIVE1660Integrated Design Project I (inc Design Studio 1)
CIVE2660Integrated Design Project 2
CIVE3860Integrated Design Project 3

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, all students should be able to:

a) understand the different roles within a team;
b) learn independently;
c) develop, monitor and adjust group and personal work plans in a changing operation environment;
d) generate an innovative design to address a complex engineering problem;
e) evaluate and analyse alternative solutions to engineering problems taking account of a wide range of factors (business, economic, social, environmental and resource usage).

In addition to these general objectives, students will also undertake directed and independent learning specific to their programme, interpreting the elements of the design task specific to and from the context of their chosen sub-discipline (i.e. Civil & Structural; Environmental; or Project Management).

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

1. apply skills, techniques and procedures to enable effective participation in group work.
2. learn independently;
3. develop, monitor and adjust group and personal work plans in a changing operating environment;
4. generate a practical design to address an engineering problem;
5. evaluate and analyse alternative solutions to engineering problems taking account of a wide range of factors (technical, economic, social, environmental and resource usage);
6. have an awareness of ethical issues within a civil engineering context, e.g. corporate social responsibility and whistleblowing
7. apply analytical, design and management knowledge gained throughout the 4 year MEng programme for solving a complex, open ended project based design problem.
8. demonstrate an awareness of developing technologies in the field of civil engineering
9. apply both manual and computer engineering analysis techniques to solve unfamiliar problems
10. analyse and evaluate the aims, constraints, risks and opportunities associated with a complex, open ended, design problem, in order to develop a detailed brief taking into consideration relevant commercial, social, environmental, ethical, industrial, health and safety and risk issues.
11. be able to justify and defend a proposed design via an oral presentation to an audience of construction professionals.
12. apply creative skills to generate a number of distinct, innovative and integrated proposals/solutions to a complex, open ended, design problem.
13. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of management techniques relevant to achieving the project objectives


Students work as part of a team with members drawn from all three programmes, typically of 5-7 students, on a major design project which will be broad in scope and closely associated with industry. A series of tutorials support this activity. Liaison with industrial supervisors form a key element of the ongoing support.

Each team is presented with an outline of the problem to be addressed, supported as necessary by industrial documentation. Initially the group is required to develop this into an appropriate and realistic set of detailed project aims, objectives and a Project Implementation Plan, and assign defined roles to each member of the team. The work will then be managed by the group through progress meetings and informal tutorials. In addition to working as a full inter-disciplinary group, team members will also be required to carry out 10 credits of research, study and design specific to their chosen discipline. The detail of this will vary depending on the design task at hand but would include:
- Civil & Structural: to analyse the civil and structural implications of the design task, including e.g. design and detailing of advanced structural forms, analysis geotechnical and foundation issues leading to groundworks design, and/or selection of materials to suit the technical, social and economic aspects of the design.
- Civil & Environmental: to consider, analyse and assess both the impact the design will have on the environment, and the impact the environment will have on the design, in the context of the prevailing environmental legislation and associated social/political drivers. This may involve use of industry standard tools and protocols e.g. EIA.
- Civil Engineering with Project Management: to prepare a project implementation plan with special focus on processes for project integration, project scope and project procurement that fully reflect the prevailing technical, social, political, economic and environmental context.
The team communicates the final outcomes of the project as a written technical report and a presentation at the end of Semester 1. There may be additional programme-specific reporting outcomes as required by the relevant Programme Leaders in consultation with the IDP team.

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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Work-based mentoring33.009.00
Induction Session23.503.50
Drop-in Session13.003.00
Private study hours269.25
Total Contact hours30.75
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

This exercise is designed to simulate the environment in which graduate engineers will be expected to operate in industry. As such, the students must take overall responsibility for the study necessary to deliver the outcomes expected of the design project, consulting with staff and industrial contacts through a small set of formally timetabled surgery sessions and use of email, VLE forums etc. Thus, the proportion of private study time for this module is considerably higher than for other modules.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Groups will have weekly surgeries with supervisory staff and/or industrial consultants in which progress will be monitored. Groups will appoint Group Leaders and Liaison Officers who will be expected to remain in touch with supervisors and industrial consultants respectively on an informal basis, particularly to report on non-performance within groups or issues with the group dynamic.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectConcept Design Report35.00
PresentationGroup Presentation10.00
Group ProjectFinal Design Report55.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits formats will be essay based owing to the group nature of the work. Group elements of the project will be peer assessed

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:56


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