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CEG3001 : Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Chris Kilsby
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Helen Mitrani
  • Lecturer: Mr Roger Bird, Dr Brian Thomas, Dr Ross Stirling, Professor Russell Davenport
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To enable students to work efficiently in a small team and to reflect on personal performance and define personal goals.
To introduce the student to aspects of the preparation and decision making in a major multi-disciplinary project.
To develop skills needed to operate as project leaders in the gathering, analysis and comparison of relevant data from diverse sources.
To be able to define alternative solutions to a problem, select a preferred solution objectively and be able to present and defend that decision using a variety of techniques. To learn how to communicate with different end users.
To be able to apply sustainability principles to the design of a large city development and to understand the dilemma of project funding and sustainability.

This is a project which introduces the students to hypothetical aspects of a real project that they could encounter after graduation. The tasks are typical of the ones that will be faced in a multi-disciplinary Civil Engineering masterplanning project. The project will integrate the knowledge students have gained in other parts of the course (environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transport engineering, fluid mechanics, engineering materials and integrated design) into a single project based on the masterplanning of a city development.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will receive lectures and tutorials in the following:
•       The masterplanning process, including project funding and fit with local economic and spatial strategies.
•       How to produce a spatial layout for a site, including the transport layout, building layouts, services, waste.
•       Sustainability frameworks
•       Geotechnical Appraisals
•       Surface water planning, including sustainable urban drainage
•       Environmental Statements and Impact Assessment
•       Carbon footprint appraisal of materials and processes (construction and post-construction).
•       Effective group working, self reflection and personal goal setting
•       Writing for different audiences and poster production

External professionals from industry and the University Estates Support and Sustainability team provide technical input, background and feedback at key stages.

There is a ‘Visualisation and BIM’ thread through the Civil Engineering programmes and Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems (DSES) project modules in particular. Reinforcing the importance of manual sketching skills developed in DSES1 (CEG1001) and DSES2 (CEG2001), students are encouraged to record and convey design ideas in team meetings with manual sketches in their log books. Professional 2D and 3D technical drawings and 3D imagery using AutoCAD and SketchUp (or similar software), are expected in the technical client reports, posters and leaflets. The Construction Management module (CEG3002) touches on the latest requirements and opportunities for Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the context of construction projects, while this DSES3 module, running the same Semester, introduces the students to Revit, a practical tool for the application of BIM principles to collaborative data handling and visualisation. For MEng students, this thread will continue into the Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project (CEG3004) in Semester 2.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Lecture material and interactive discussion delivered in support of coursework elements. PiP or sync
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Individual group working project including log book and group contract (20% of assessment).
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Group Client Report (60% of assessment).
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Video presentation (20% of assessment).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Guided group work as follow-up to lecture material. PiP or Online Synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching251:0025:00Guided group work as follow-up to lecture material – Q&A, drop ins. PiP or online sync.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity203:0060:00Group working required to conduct coursework elements
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study114:0014:00Reading required (of documents on Canvas plus sourcing of others).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00First introductory session. Recorded video (PCAPs) and live interactive session, PiP or online sync
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Each lecture is linked to a small group teaching activity and a group work exercise which in turn are linked to a piece of assessed work. When all of the pieces of work are put together they will complete the masterplan and achievement of an effective masterplan will lead to successful achievement of the learning outcomes. Additionally students will be asked to extend their writing and presentational skills, both of which will be supported by a lecture and group work exercise and will be assessed. The group work and personal reflection will begin with a lecture and group activity and followed up with group interviews and personal reports during the learning process.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M60Group Technical Report (approx. 36hrs of effort per student).
Written exercise1M20Individual reflective report on group functioning and individual skills development inc log book and group contract (app. 15hrs).
Design/Creative proj1M20Ten minute video presentation (approx. 30hrs of effort per student).
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseMTeam contract
Written exerciseMPeer assessment form
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Each group will produce a contract outlining how they will operate as a team and their individual expectations and how they will be supported by the group. This is not assessed but used as the basis for peer assessment and group progress and reflection both during and after the module.

Groups will make a short presentation midway through their project and receive verbal feedback from a client team.

A Group video for a public audience will be used to assess their ability to communicate to a variety of audiences and their ability to defend their work (600 word equivalents per student).

A group report for a non-technical audience (client team), containing all of the elements delivered in the lectures, will be used to assess the students’ understanding of the masterplanning process (and all of the identified elements), their understanding of sustainability concepts, and their ability to appraise lots of information from a variety of sources (2000 words per student).

Each individual will hand in a Reflective Report on the group working process using their initial group contract as the basis for the reflection (400-600 words) plus a report on lessons learnt and a self /personal development plan (1000 words). This report must be accompanied by a log book, kept and updated throughout the module. The report must cross reference the log book entries. A numerical appraisal of group functioning and respective effort from each group member (peer assessment) must also be submitted which should also cross reference the log book.

Reading Lists