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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MECH5080M Team Project

45 creditsClass Size: 240

Module manager: Dr Wassim Taleb

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

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

MECH5030M Team Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

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.


On completion of this module, students will 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 successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

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 Engineering Council Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) learning outcome descriptors (fourth edition) are satisfied:
8. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems. Much of the knowledge will be at the forefront of the particular subject of study and informed by a critical awareness of new developments and the wider context of engineering. (M1)
9. Formulate and analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions. This will involve evaluating available data using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles, and using engineering judgment to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed. (M2)
10. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems. (M4)
11. Design solutions for complex problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate. This will involve consideration of applicable health and safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards. (M5)
12. Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts. (M7)
13. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. Evaluate effectiveness of own and team performance. (M16)
14. Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used. (M17)

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

a. Communication,
b. Teamworking and collaboration,
c. Time management,
d. planning and organising,
e. Critical thinking,
f. Problem solving and analytical skills,
g. Systems thinking,
h. Ethical judgement,
i. Self-awareness,
j. adaptability and resilience,
k. Managing uncertainty,
l. ambiguity and risk,
m. Academic Writing


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.

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

1 x Individual Project Report
1 x Team Project Report
1 x Team Project Showcase oral presentation (Peer Assessed)
1 x Individual Oral Presentation
1 x Team Oral Presentation
1 x Individual Conduct
1 x Contract Performance Plan
1 x Ethics Assessment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours425.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each submission will receive feedback from examiners.
An online discussion board will be monitored

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 08/05/2024


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