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EEE8113 : Group Design Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Lambert
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0


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, who will assist in project monitoring. Groups of three to six students (dependent on Stage size) 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 ‘Monitors’

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Creating Final Group Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation for Present in Person group oral presentation and demonstration.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00Present in Person observed group meetings
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity1217:00217:00Undertaking project work, group management, and audit trail
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Present in Person Meetings. Staff contact hours are estimated as this depends on the number of stude
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.

The EEE8113 students normally undertake a practical group project. If the public health situation necessitates a change to simulation / theoretical projects, the Demonstration and Presentation will be combined to one synchronous online group presentation worth 40%. The Present in Person meetings will then take place synchronously online.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination302M20Present in Person Demonstration of project, assessed by academic monitors
Oral Presentation302M20Present in Person Oral presentation by all group members, assessed by academic monitors
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M6010,000 words, assessed by academic monitors, (nominally 2,000-2,500 words per individual, depending upon group size)
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.

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