CEG8005 : Global Engineering - An International Design and Build Challenge
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Jean Hall
- Lecturer: Dr Charlotte Paterson
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 1 Credit Value:
Semester 2 Credit Value:
The aim of the module is to design and build an infrastructure project overseas whilst also developing the students' teamwork, leadership and reflective reporting skills. This module will challenge students to apply their engineering skills, knowledge and teamwork within an unfamiliar environment. Of equal importance to the design and construction is the leadership, teamwork and communication skills the students will develop whilst interacting with professional engineers and local communities overseas. The module will challenge their ability to self-manage, proactively interact with a variety of people and their resilience to leadership within a challenging environment.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will enable students to make practical applications of theory learnt at University in the lecture theatre. Using the team working experience that they have gained in DSES1, DSES2 and DSES3, students will take the next step in using their skills to carry out a project from design to completion. This module will test students’ ability to take experience from within the confines of academia and apply it to real life situations as a student would be expected to do by an engineering consultancy firm or similar employer. The module will raise awareness amongst fourth year civil engineering students about career opportunities within the international development sector, will help the international community and spread engineering skills from the North East of England to outposts across the world.
The in-country phase (4-5weeks overseas occurring typically in the summer of 3rd- 4th year) will expose the students to intense Project management, leadership, teamworking skills and communication skills. Projects will be selected and introduced to the students who will work in teams to derive design built options for the problem. On return from expedition, during the year, the students will present their design built drawings for their tasks and reflect on the engineering knowledge gained.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||6||2:00||12:00||4 in Semester 1 and 2 in Semester 2|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Reflective summary|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||3:00||3:00||Poster|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||21:00||21:00||Design report|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||21:00||21:00||Background reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||1:00||2:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||7:00||14:00||Training Days|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||12||8:00||96:00||Field trip - carrying out the design project in country - reflective learning|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||8||2:00||16:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Training is given at the start of the module to develop a professional approach and skilled behaviour whilst dealing with the various parties involved in the project and incorporates the health and safety elements of the in-country phase. A series of lectures and small group teaching sessions in Semester 1 will support the project and work with the students on the development of a report. There are a series of drop-in surgeries planned for specific staff consultation during this phase.
Semester 2 changes emphasis into reflection and engineering competencies – Lectures and small group teaching sessions will explore reflective theory, communication and personal development. Seminars are used to facilitate discussion of assessment criteria in relation to the reflective learning of individual students. The evaluation of the fieldwork element of the module will allow the realisation of a design into practise and the culmination of their work in this module technically, it will allow them to develop their leadership and team working strategies and provide an evidence based platform to discuss the transferable employability skills in a professional job interview.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Observ of prof pract||40||2||M||30||Staff log on student's interaction and professionalism in the task|
|Design/Creative proj||1||M||30||Group report (max 2000 words)|
|Reflective log||2||M||30||Reflective Summary (max 2000 words) with log book evidence|
|Poster||2||M||10||Communication exercise (verbal/written) - marketing focus of design|
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
|Report||M||Submission of log book|
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||Formative design presentation/discussion|
|Reflective log||1||M||Initial skills audit|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Design report – this will be a group technical report and associated drawings specific to the project and allow the students to bring together their discipline specific knowledge in practically solving a real civil engineering problem.
Communications Exercise - allows the students to demonstrate their ability to contextualise the module and communciate this to a wide ranging audience.
Observation of professional practice - the students will be observed in all elements of the module and in all delivery to clients / host organisations / communities etc. as required by the project. The staff will assess the students on site and in country against specified criteria provided to the students at the commencement of the module and in line with professional societies competency in project management and Health and Safety.
Reflective Report – the students will be expected to maintain a detailed log book of their experience that will build into a portfolio of evidence to accompany a short reflective summary of the learning experiences.