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CSM3034 - Third Year Field Course (Group Project) (2012)

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MODULE TITLEThird Year Field Course (Group Project) CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3034 MODULE CONVENERDr Adam Feldman (Coordinator), Dr Justin Hinshelwood (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 3
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 47
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

A highly pragmatic module positioned at the very end of the 3 year BSc Renewable Energy course. It calls on each student participant to use the full curriculum of their knowledge, skill and ability to work together as a valuable and versatile professional team. A set of renewable energy problems must be examined, analysed and solutions suggested for a real client and real stakeholders. Almost all aspects of the 3 years of study can be usefully employed and the majority of preceding year 1, year 2 and year 3 Renewable Energy Course Modules are considered as either pre-requisite or a co-requisite.

This is a module designed for the experienced renewable energy student.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to provide students with simulated industrial experience by acting as a team of renewable energy consultants. The student group will be ‘flown in’ to a problem environment and will address a brief provided by a real client. The students, working in teams, will have to devise credible solutions to whatever energy management/energy supply/energy regulatory problems being posed and, in doing so, will broaden their understanding of the operations and management of industrial/commercial or public sector organisations. The module aims to develop a greater degree of industrial awareness than would be gained from a purely theoretical lecture programme and also to allow students to exercise their renewable energy knowledge base such that it can be subsequently deployed autonomously and confidently upon graduation.

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 demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.Development of a detailed knowledge and understanding of renewable energy design principles in practice.

2.Ability to produce detailed conceptual designs that are energy efficient / adopt renewable energy technologies and are cost-efficient as well as fit-for-purpose.

3.Increased awareness of and can apply the relevant environmental and regulatory frameworks, planning requirements, and associated codes of practice.

4.Development of a sense understanding of the need to act responsibly, professionally and ethically in the world of work.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

5.a detailed and coherent understanding of design processes that can be applied in unfamiliar situations, such that this can be applied in critical appraisal of uncertainties, ambiguities and the limits of knowledge in a design brief

6.An understanding of the need for analysis and enquiry in the design process and justification of decisions throughout a design process.

7.Capability to propose innovative aspects in designs for familiar and unfamiliar situations.

8.An ability to model and analyse complex systems, processes and products in renewable energy, using scientific principles and to recognise the limitations of each analysis.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

9.An ability to assess the limitations of design tools applied in particular cases and to select appropriate methodology to solve an unfamiliar problem.

10.Autonomy in planning and managing resources and efficient use of these resources.

11.Conduct and present / report calculations, to a deadline, with awareness of professional codes of conduct and standards and can incorporate an ethical dimension and/or exercise personal judgement into/on their work.

12.A capability to relay technical information effectively using the spoken word, supported by professional quality visual aids, and be to able to defend their reasoning and conclusions against probing questioning.

13.Effective interaction in a group situation and work as part of a team (including, possibly, as the leader) such that they can recognise differing team roles within a team.

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

The field course will involve a 7-10 day period away from the University campus engaging in client interaction, fact finding, analysis and design activity, resource and opportunity assessment surveys etc., under the supervision and guidance of academic and support staff in a ratio of approximately 1 academic: 10 candidates. As an example, the 2008 activity comprised: An island-wide resource assessment and renewable energy strategy formulation for the island of Samos conducted on behalf of the regional council (equivalent to a UK regional development agency / regional Government Office) of the Eastern Aegean Islands.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 73.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 7-10 days (27 hours) Field course
Guided independent study 73 Private study
     

 

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
Group Report - a professional ‘consultant level’ report 45     Team feedback
Group presentation to client 25     Team feedback
Individual working logbook 20     Individual feedback
Individual - a brief critique of the global group project plan, risk assessment, your own individual work plan and how you hope to achieve it 10     Individual Feedback
         

 

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
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 100%

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:

 

Literature relevant to the location will be distributed to candidates in advance of the field trip location.

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 20 December 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Renewable Energy, Fieldwork, Field-trip