Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM421 - Group Design Project (2019)

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MODULE TITLEGroup Design Project CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM421 MODULE CONVENERDr Matthew Eyre (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 12 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 10
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Working in a mining environment requires excellent team working skills. This module develops the attributes that you will need to become an effective and cooperative member of a group and hence making you a valued employee. This module aims to provide experience of working as part of a project team in a situation close to one that might be found in an industrial or commercial setting.

Using formal project planning methods to plan and manage the progress of a substantial (300 hours work) mining engineering group project, you will gain an appreciation for the challenges faced by every project manager. This is an opportunity to bring together many of the mining engineering skills you have already learned at university.

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

The module aims to provide you with experience of working as part of a project team in a situation close to one that might be found in a mining context. It will give you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills you have obtained from taught modules and independent learning to a real mining engineering situation at a professional level and as part of a team effort. Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to integrate knowledge gained in several areas of the degree course. Finally, the module will encourage the use of initiative, imagination and creativity applied in the context of a team effort.

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).

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. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the subject area of the project, at the forefront of the chosen discipline;

2. Plan and manage, using formal project planning methods, the progress of a substantial (300 hours work) mining engineering group project;

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

3. Demonstrate an analytical, systematic and creative approach to problem solving;

4. Select and apply appropriate mathematical methods, scientific principles or computer based methods for the modelling and analysis of a mining engineering problem and apply them creatively and realistically in a practical application;
 
5. Take a holistic approach to design and problem solving (cost, life cycle, sustainability issues, etc.);
 
6. Assess and manage all relevant risks;
 
7. Take personal responsibility for acting in a professional and ethical manner;
 
8. Select and use appropriate ICT based tools for analysis, design and communication of designs;

 

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

9 Demonstrate extensive experience of working in a team forming a major group project;

10 Adopt different roles within a team including leadership;

11 Demonstrate an ability to work constructively and supportively with others, taking and giving constructive feedback, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of others and helping them to contribute to a team effort;

12 Take part in formal, professional style, project management meetings, in roles including those of chair and secretary;
 
13 Develop written communication skills to the extent of producing substantial formal reports of various types and length which conform to specified formats and communicate the outcomes of 300 hours of work effectively and accurately;

14 Contribute to formal team presentations of a professional standard;

15 Manage resources and time with little need for advice;

16 Learn independently, acquiring skills at the forefront of current knowledge unaided, identifying your personal development needs and goals, reflecting on your performance and managing your personal development;

17 Obtain and process information from a wide range of sources, which may have been conflicting, analyse it critically and apply this information in an a practical mining engineering application;

18 Sort, manipulate and present data in a way that facilitates effective analysis and decision making.
 
 
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

As agreed with academic supervisors and industrial sponsor, if applicable:

- broad knowledge and understanding in one specific subject area relevant to the project, at the forefront of the chosen discipline;

- completion of a group project, producing a design or service to an agreed specification, normally for a genuine industrial sponsor/customer.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 24.00 Guided Independent Study 276.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Guided independent study 276 Guided independent and group study
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 24 Regular (weekly) meetings with supervisor and other group members

 

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
Discussion and questions asked of students following Group Meetings     Feedback provided on the spot following meetings

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – Project Scoping Document 10 6 pages All Written
Coursework – Group Presentation 20 60 minutes All Written
Coursework – Group Design Report 70 20 pages per group member All Written

 

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-assessment
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.

 

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:

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]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 09 October 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mining, design, research