Module IED-4099:
MEng Team Project

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Iestyn Pierce

Overall aims and purpose

Aims: To undertake a major project that requires a group investigation of a technical subject and results in a well-presented dissertation. To apply the Engineering Process to a problem.

Course content

Requirements capture. Design specification. Design and construction of prototypes. Dissertation.

Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria

  threshold

50%

good

60%

excellent

70%

Exercise initiative to attain a clear objective within a specified time.

The group has shown both good judgement and skill in the methods chosen to complete the objectives. The group has made a significant contribution to the work and the achievements have been comprehensively evaluated against the project aims. The group has worked conscientiously and has a reasonable number of results/achievements to report. The project has some minor flaws but most of the problems have been identified The group has driven the project hard, fully understands the theoretical background. Possibly the foundations for a marketable product.

Investigate new areas of subject knowledge, organize data and solve new problems.

An enquiring and innovative approach to problem solving and an awareness of theory and application limitations. An ability to research and apply new methods. Uses standard resources and basic techniques to obtained required information. Can research and apply new methodologies to analyze data. Understanding and knowledge are sufficient to undertake most tasks. An enquiring approach to problem solving and an ability to select appropriate methods and applications demonstrated. Sound understanding and significant knowledge.

Present clear and detailed reports and a dissertation.

Presentational aspects are very good. Oral presentation and reports are all well presented. The presentational aspects of the talk and reports are exceptionally clear and presented in a professional manner. The presentational aspects of the reports and oral presentation were generally good, but there are some deficiencies.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Group presentation 20
Group dissertation 60
Individual report 20

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Teamwork, Group report, oral presentation.

400

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • Identify emerging technologies and technology trends;
  • Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of electronic engineering in an international context;
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of computer systems engineering in an international context;
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of computer systems for controlling complex systems;
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of computer systems engineering in safety-critical areas;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions, especially ones that include embedded microprocessors
  • Formulate and analyse requirements and practical constraints of products, processes and services, place them in an engineering context and manage their implementation;
  • Solve problems logically and systematically;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions.
  • Systematically review factors affecting the implementation of a project, including safety and sustainability;
  • Plan, budget, organise and manage people and resources;
  • Agree objectives and work plans with individuals;
  • Appreciate the importance of designing products with due regard to good laboratory practice, health and safety considerations and ethical issues.
  • Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
  • Use both verbal and written communication skills to different target audiences;
  • Communicate proposals persuasively and respond positively to feedback;
  • Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current advances and contemporary approaches in the discipline and have strategies for keeping that awareness current;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need to work safely and comply within relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks;
  • Have an appreciation of moral, ethical, financial and environmental issues that may need to be considered when practicing as an engineer.¬†

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