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MEC3098 : Mechanical Engineering Project

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Smith
  • Lecturer: Dr Julian Happian-Smith, Dr Andrew Aspden, Dr Francis Franklin, Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela, Professor Tom Joyce, Dr Oana Bretcanu, Dr Hemantha Yeddu, Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte, Mr Peter Chapman, Professor Kenneth Dalgarno, Dr Harriet Grigg, Dr John Hedley, Dr Prodip Das, Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Mr Robert Davidson, Dr Paul Hyde, Dr Roberto Palacin, Dr Iain Evans, Professor Brian Shaw, Dr Yaodong Wang, Dr Richard Whalley, Dr Jinju Chen, Dr Barry Gallacher
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 25
ECTS Credits: 15.0


An individual project set by supervisors within the School, and possibly associated industrial collaborations, which is designed to give the student scope for developing his/her capabilities as an engineer. The project provides the opportunity to practise skills and techniques learned in previous modules as well as investigating and developing new areas of interest to support the project objectives. Projects may include components of design, materials, electronics, engineering science, mathematical modelling, etc, as well as managing time and resources. Projects are allocated by the module leader in broad themes and students will be encouraged to indicate their areas of interest

Outline Of Syllabus

An individual study of aspects of engineering to investigate a research or applied engineering topic, which may involve design, analysis, computing or experimental studies. The module requires the student to apply themselves to the project in preparation for professional practice, to direct their own activities with appropriate supervision where required and to deliver a coherent document which addresses the project objectives. Time management and coordination of necessary resources will be required and should be evidenced.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:302:30Briefing and instructions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Assessed oral discussion with question and answers
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion145:0045:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00Supporting School Seminar Series
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision484:00192:00Extended project activity including supervision
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

To develop the students subject-specific skills, core academic skills and key personal skills. The actual nature of the work will be highly varied and diverse depending upon the nature of the project.

Students will be given a briefing lecture on the project in semester one and are expected to work on the project throughout the semester.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302A60Assessment of understanding and achievement, including presentation, discussions, logbook and other project documents.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M35Final report (25 pages max)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are assessed individually for their performance of a significant engineering task. Emphasis is placed understanding and achievement and the interpersonal skills to be expected of a professional engineer.

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