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ECM3175 - Individual Project (2019)

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MODULE CODEECM3175 MODULE CONVENERProf Raziyeh Farmani (Coordinator)
DURATION: WEEKS 11 weeks 11 weeks 6 weeks
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 106
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.

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

This is a constituent module of one or more degree programmes which are accredited by a professional engineering institution under licence from the Engineering Council. The learning outcomes for this module have been mapped to the output standards required for an accredited programme, as listed in the current version of the Engineering Council’s ‘Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’ document (AHEP-V3).

The individual projects may be design or research oriented with different mixtures of experimental or analytical work, therefore mapping to intended learning outcomes (ILOs) depends on the emphasis of the project to design, experimental and analytical work.

ILOs G1p, G1m, G2p, G2m, G3p, G3m apply to all projects. Science and Mathematics ILOs SM1p, SM1m apply to all projects while SM2p, SM2m and SM5m apply (but not exclusively) to projects of an analytical nature. Engineering Analysis ILOs EA4p, EA4m apply to all projects. Engineering Analysis ILOs EA1p, EA1m, EA5m apply to all projects while EA2p, EA2m and EA3p, EA3m apply (but not exclusively) to projects of an analytical nature. Design ILOs D2p, D2m and D6p, D6m apply to all projects while D1p, D1m, D3p, D3m, D4p, D4m, D5p, D5m, D7m and D8m apply to projects of design nature where a physical system is created or evolved. Economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental ILOs ET1p, ET1m, ET4p-ET6p, ET4m-ET6m may apply depending on the individual project. Engineering practice ILOs EP1p, EP1m, EP4p, EP4m, EP5p, EP5m,EP7p, EP7m, EP8p, EP8m, EP9m and EP10m apply to all projects while EP3p, EP3m and EP6p, EP6m apply (but not exclusively) particularly to projects with a high degree of practical and experimental work

A full list of the referenced outcomes is provided online:

The AHEP document can be viewed in full on the Engineering Council’s website, at

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

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge: SM1p, SM1m,  SM2p, SM2m, SM5m, EA1p, EA1m, EA2p, EA2m, EA3p, EA3m, EA5m, ET3p, ET3m

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: D2p, D2m, D4p, D4m, D5p, D5m, D7m (for design-oriented projects), EA2p, EA2m, EA3p, EA3m (projects of an analytical nature) EP3p, EP3m (for experimental projects), EA1p, EA1m, EA4p, EA4m, EA5m, EP4p, EP4m

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: ET1p, ET1m, ET3p-ET6p, ET3m-ET6m, G1p, G1m, G2p, G2m, G3p, G3m

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.

Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 274.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 7 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


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


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



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.

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:



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 McMillan, K, Weyers, J How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports Pearson Education 2010 978-0273726937 [Library]
Set McMillan, K, Weyers, J How to Write Essays and Assignments Pearson Education Skills Set 2010 978-0273726951 [Library]
Set Simon Monk Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches Tab Electronics 2012 13: 978-007178422 [Library]
Set John Boxall Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects 1st No Starch Press 2013 978-1593274481 [Library]
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 04 October 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Individual engineering projects