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Module

ENG1002 : Sustainable Design, Creativity, and Professionalism

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Peter Gosling
  • Lecturer: Dr Martin Johnston, Dr Kabita Adhikari, Dr Sarah Dunn, Dr Jinju Chen, Mr Andrew Lovatt, Dr Nick Baker, Dr Andrew Smith, Dr Leo Chen, Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela, Mr Domenico Balsamo, Dr Dehong Huo, Dr Roberto Palacin, Mr Peter Chapman
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0

Aims

• To introduce and implement the concept of design, the process of design, approaches to design, and multi- disciplinary design.
• To identify and explore how to resolve ethical issues related to an engineering situation and to recognise the ethical responsibilities of engineers.
• To gain an awareness of programming languages, software tools and software development environments for design.
• To give the students the opportunity to take knowledge gained from formal lectures in Stage 1 and produce an innovative solution to a discipline-led, multi-disciplinary design.
• To develop awareness and understanding of systems: the inter-dependence of sub-systems dealt with in other themes, resource flows and life-cycles;
• To integrate the knowledge and techniques developed in other themes within a single design case study;
• To develop the ability to carry out conceptual design of components with recognition of their place and role in systems;
• Review the requirements and produce conceptual designs for a small sustainable system, strongly linked to other themes.
• Reflect on group working strategies throughout the project.
• To develop transferable and graduate skills that will be essential throughout the student’s studies and career.
• To enhance students’ abilities in the presentation of scientific work, using a range of media (written, oral, digital, combinations), providing formative feedback to support the requirements of other modules with a practical component.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Design and Professional Skills, including: How to design? Principles of problem definition. Exploring how components work through disassembly and assembly. Circuit manufacture. Element behaviour. Tolerance and precision. Introduction to ethics in engineering and raising awareness of issues, obligations and responsibilities. Reflecting and critiquing of ethical issues. Group/team working strategies (including a residential activity during the first teaching week).
• Visualisation and communication – sketching design concepts and annotation, introduction to commercial computer-aided design and drafting software applications (e.g. AUTOCAD); introduction to commercial calculation and numerical computing applications (e.g Excel, MATLAB). Basic instrumentation.
• Computation – introduction to programme languages and computing methods for engineering applications. Introduction to software development, problem solving, algorithmisation. Programming languages, their syntax and semantics. Program development environment - introduction to C.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00Structured delivery of syllabus. May include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Final report preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Interim report preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00Digital workbook preparation and completion.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Formative CAD exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical183:0054:00Practical work developing multi-disciplinary engineering design skills (group-design demonstrator)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading101:0010:00Review of the design brief and understanding the context of the programme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical51:005:00Formative MATLAB exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical91:009:00Formative C programming exercises
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00Regular personal study including: background reading and review of linked modules
Total300:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design project helps students to acquire skills in communicating ideas, concepts and solutions effectively.
Drawing skills are achieved through a CAD drawing exercise in Semester 1 and in the design project in Semester 2. Programming skills are achieved through C and Matlab programming experiments in the computing lab and submission of lab reports.
Professional skills are developed in Semester one through an investigation on ethical issues on a general engineering topic and an oral presentation. In Semester two, groups of students will submit a short technical paper on their design project and give a group poster presentation.
The problem-solving aspects of the assessment enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.
Written reports and video presentations allow students to learn about ethical issues and professional skills, while also providing opportunities for reflection and critical analysis.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M15Technical interim group report evidenced by portfolio
Report2M35Technical group report evidenced by portfolio, building on interim report.
Portfolio2M50Digital portfolio
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj1MFormative assessment is provided throughout the development of the Digital Lab Workbook and the ‘Design & Create’ activities.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The design project helps students to acquire skills in communicating their design ideas, concepts and solutions effectively.
Drawing skills are achieved through a CAD drawing exercise in Semester 1 and in the design project in Semester 2. Programming skills are achieved through C and Matlab programming experiments in the computing lab and submission of lab reports.
Professional skills are developed in Semester one through an investigation on ethical issues on a general engineering topic and an oral presentation. In Semester two, groups of students will submit a short technical paper on their design project and give a group poster presentation.
The problem-solving aspects of the assessment enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.

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