Engineering

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ECM3102 - Individual Project (MEng) (2015)

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MODULE TITLEIndividual Project (MEng) CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODEECM3102 MODULE CONVENERProf Raziyeh Farmani (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 weeks 11 weeks 6 weeks
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 67
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The Individual Project module will enable you to put into practice your research, project management and engineering skills, engaging you in the development of your own real world solution to an engineering problem or challenge. From clearly articulating the rationale for your project, to scoping and refining the design and finished product, you will work individually to apply the knowledge gained from other modules in your degree programme. You will be expected to innovate, create and present your engineering solution, honing your entrepreneurial as well as academic and practical skills.  In this way, the module will enable you to develop valuable transferable skills for future employment in industry.

AIMS - intentions of the module

In this module, you will apply the knowledge and skills obtained from taught modules to devise a real engineering solution at a professional level. You will be encouraged to use initiative, imagination and creativity during the management of your project, devoting around 300 hours of independent study towards its completion.  You will study with greater levels of autonomy than in previous taught modules.

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).

The module’s learning outcomes correlate with the following IET requirements: US1m, US2m, US3m, US4m; EA1m, EA2m, EA3m; D1m, D2m; P1m and P3m. In addition, the module meets the following UC-SPEC standards for CEng (Chartered Engineer - http://www.engc.org.uk/ecukdocuments/internet/document%20library/UK-SPEC.pdf): A – A1 and A2; B - B2 and B3; C - C4; D - D1 and  D2; E - E1, E2, and E3.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1    explain in depth the rationale and specification for your chosen engineering project;
2    use project management software, to plan and manage the progress of the project, from generation of the idea to finished product;
3    showing creativity construct prototypes or experimental apparatus to design specifications;
4    apply practical solutions to engineering problems to investigate new and emerging technologies, based on understanding of mathematical, scientific and/or computer based principles, and assessing the limitations of particular cases.
 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
5   wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to adapt them in unfamiliar situations also identifying constraints including environmental and sustainability limitation;
6    assess and manage risk, demonstrating wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of codes of practice, health and safety requirements and other professional practices;
7    select and use ICT based tools for analysis, design and communication of designs;;
8    select and use laboratory instrumentation correctly;
9    critically analyse and present data to support decision making.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:
10    demonstrate self management skills, identifying and meeting targets within time constraints (with very little guidance required from project supervisor);
11    critically analyse and implement problem-solving approaches;
12    produce a written report conforming to a specified format and to a professional standard.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

By individual negotiation with supervisor.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 26.00 Guided Independent Study 274.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 6 Introduction to projects projects, library, health and safety, report writing and poster preparation lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20 Regular weekly meetings with supervisor
Guided independent study 274 Research undertaken by student and preparation of reports

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
     
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – preliminary report 10 Short Report All Electronic (eBart); and verbal (supervisor)
Coursework – final report and poster presentation 90 Full report and interview All Electronic (eBart); and verbal (supervisor)
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Coursework (100%) All Completed over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.


If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

Web based and electronic resources: As per project

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Bowden, J Writing a report: how to prepare, write and present effective reports 8th How To Books Ltd 2008 978-1845282936 [Library]
Set Simon Monk Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches Tab Electronics 2012 13: 978-007178422 [Library]
Set McMillan, K, Weyers, J How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports Pearson Education 2010 978-0273726937 [Library]
Set John Boxall Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects 1st No Starch Press 2013 978-1593274481 [Library]
Set McMillan, K, Weyers, J How to Write Essays and Assignments Pearson Education Skills Set 2010 978-0273726951 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Monday 09 March 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Individual engineering projects