Module Catalogue 2015/16

EEE8107 : Extended Coursework on Applications and Design (ECAD)

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Johnston
  • Owning School: Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Module, associated with the topic on which the ECAD Project is being undertaken, must have been studied or is currently being studied.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To enhance the abilities of the student to apply material from formal lecture courses to the design or operation of a real engineering device or system.

Outline Of Syllabus

A design study, associated with a chosen lecture course, involving the attainment of a device or system specification. Design options must be carefully weighted and the reasons for choosing particular alternatives presented in a final written report. An academic staff supervisor is available for consultation.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The knowledge outcomes from this module will include a reinforcement of the conceptual and factual knowledge associated with a given module by undertaking a practical project which will exercise the procedural knowledge associated with the module.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The ECAD module will enhance:
1. Subject-specific skills - in particular design skills.
2. Cognitive skills - analysing results.
3. Core skills - planning/ organising and problem solving.
4. Computer literacy - use of CAD packages.
5. Communication skills - report writing.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Report
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading115:0015:00Reading background material
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00Understanding of mathematical basics
Guided Independent StudyProject work150:0050:00Analysis of materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00Staff contact hours are estimated as this depends on the number of students on the module.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module requires the student to address a problem which enhances their theoretical understanding of a given module by undertaking a piece of work in which he/she is wholly responsible but with the support of an academic supervisor.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M10020 pages (including figures and diagrams)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

From the report, the ability of the student will be assessed regarding:
1. Subject-specific skills - overall design and understanding of the problem.
2. Core skills - how the problem was solved, use of initiative. Computer literacy - use of CAD tools; numeracy skills; report writing.
3. Cognitive skills - analysis of the results, limitations to the solution provided etc.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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