Module Catalogue 2018/19

EEE8113 : Group Design Project

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Johnston
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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To enhance the ability of the student to undertake a project as part of a team, working to time scales, specifications and budgets negotiated with other team members.

Outline Of Syllabus

A group assignment leading to the design and development of an original system or device and involving multi-disciplinary skills. The specification may be provided by a local company or a University research group, which will assist in project monitoring. Groups of three to six students are involved with each project, and a major part of the work is concerned with group organisation and interfacing of individuals' efforts. Weekly formal progress meetings are monitored by two academic staff supervisors. Assessment of the project is via presentations, demonstrations and final group report with co-ordinated individual contributions.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The knowledge outcomes from this project will be multi-faceted, involving not only conceptual and procedural knowledge associated with the project in general, but also strategic involving planning and organisational strategies etc. at group level.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The Group Project will enhance:
1. Subject-specific skills - dependent upon the project.
2. Cognitive skills - analysing results and assessing progress.
3. Core skills - planning/ organising and problem solving within a group.
4. Computer literacy - use of CAD packages, development of programs etc.
5. Communication skills - report writing and presentation skills.
6. Teamwork skills - recognise strengths and weaknesses of group members; establishing a good rapport and working effectively with others; conflict resolution; assuming leadership role in setting goals and winning commitment of others etc.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • 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
    • Budgeting : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Assessed
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Assessed
      • Relationship Building : Assessed
      • Leadership : Assessed
      • Negotiation : Assessed
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Financial Awareness : Present
      • Business Planning : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation of group oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Report
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity1217:00217:00Group management and audit trail
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00Observed group meetings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Staff contact hours are estimated as this depends on the number of students on the module.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a group design exercise which requires the students not only to adapt the factual, conceptual and procedural knowledge acquired from a wide range of modules to a specific problem but also to enhance their strategic knowledge by undertaking the project in a group environment.
Consequently it will require the student to demonstrate a wide range of skills:
1. Subject-specific skills - design skills plus an overall understanding of a wide range of subject matter related to the project.
2. Core skills - ability to plan and organise the work, together with exercising problem solving skills. Also demonstrate numeracy and computer literacy skills, finally submit a written report on the design.
3. Cognitive skills - ability to analyse the results and present them in a coherent manner.

All of these skills must be demonstrated within the context of the group and will require a high degree of adaptability in:
1. responding to changes in situation and priorities
2. management of stress and maintaining effectiveness under pressure
3. understanding the strengths and weaknesses of others etc.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302M10Oral presentation by all group members, assessed by academic monitors
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M8050 pages
Report2M10Mark awarded by module leader to each member in the group
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

From the report, the ability of the student will be assessed regarding:
1. Subject-specific, core and cognitive skills - established from technical assessment of the initial study, implementation issues and evaluation of end project.
2. Team work - assessed from monitoring of Group planning and management abilities.
3. Individual abilities within Group - assessed from contribution made to the technical effort and report, participation at meetings and project presentations and also from peer review.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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