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MEC3018 : Design for Industry (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Smith
  • Lecturer: Professor Kenneth Dalgarno, Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela, Dr Julian Happian-Smith, Dr Hemantha Yeddu, Dr Andrew Aspden, Mr Robert Davidson, Mr Peter Chapman, Dr Jinju Chen, Dr Francis Franklin, Dr Prodip Das, Dr Paul Hyde, Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte, Professor Roberto Palacin, Dr Dehong Huo, Dr Richard Whalley, Dr Iain Evans, Professor Tom Joyce, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Dr Barry Gallacher, Professor Brian Shaw
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


This module will give candidates experience of working as part of a team to complete an industrially sourced project for an external industrial client.

Outline Of Syllabus

Project teams will have approx 4-6 students. The projects will address a wide variety of topics, dependent upon the particular project, but all with relevance to Mechanical Engineering. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and achievement.

The structure of the projects will be common:

Week 1: Formation of teams and receipt of project brief.
Weeks 2/3: Meeting with company key contact to discuss (i) brief, (ii) initial research and (iii) project plan.
Weeks 4/5: Meeting with key contact to (i) deliver interim report and (ii) agree project plan to end of project.
Weeks 10/11: Deliver final report

After exams in January: Presentation
Teams will be able to contact the company informally for guidance, but the extent of this will be limited to avoid excessive correspondence.

Each project team will have an identified mentor who will meet with them on a weekly basis to provide feedback and guidance.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00Briefings and formative feedback sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:0026:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submissions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Extended team design activity to address problem and develop professional skills
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1104:00104:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period for project development.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Private and Team Study: This is a project based module, with candidates expected to work both as part of their team and independently to complete their project.

Company Liaison: In order to gain the industrial knowledge and skills teams will need to liaise with their external company.

Small Group Teaching: Will primarily offer support and guidance for project management and communication.

Seminars & Tutorials: Used to provide technical, managerial and skills development support to teams and candidates.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination301A60Assessment of understanding and achievement, including presentation, discussions, logbook and other project documents.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10Interim group report (approx 10 hours).
Report1M30Final group report on outcome of the project (approx 22 hours).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reports will be given a single team mark. Peer and self-assessment, tutor feedback will be used to assess the relative contribution of each student to the reports and so modify the report marks appropriately. The Understanding & Achievement will be assessed using a group presentation, a verified statement of achievement, detailed discussion, log book and other project documents; this is an individual mark.

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