Module Catalogue

MEC8099 : Mechanical Engineering Team Project

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Robert Davidson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

The aim is to promote students' development towards being professional chartered engineers, with experience of project management and participation in a major team project, covering all aspects of project work from requirements and specification to a range of written, oral and visual presentations of the project outcomes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Technical content will depend on the student's degree stream and the project allocated and will vary from project to project. Common to all projects will be:-
- Project management including drawing up an engineering specification, project plan and individual
work plans.
- Application of design methodology to engineering problems.
- Application of engineering and methods appropriate to topic.
- Team working.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Assessed Team Presentation with Questions and Answers. Plus individual Viva Voce examinations.
Guided Independent StudyProject work181:0018:00Synchronous online supervision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Project supervisor discussion and progress updates
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1305:00305:00Recommended regular personal research activity throughout teaching period
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk51:005:00Synchronous online module talks with module leader (Teaching Week 1)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk51:005:00Synchronous online module talks with module leader (Teaching Week 2,3,7,8&9, 1x1h per week)
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

At Masters-level all students are expected to take ownership for the progress of the work of their team, with a minimum of supervisory input and the modes of assessment reflect this. All normal methods of reporting outcomes of project work in industry are assessed for the team, ie report, oral presentation and poster.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1502A60Assessment of understanding and achievement including presentation, discussions, logbooks and other project documents.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M30Team Formal Written Report. Team assessed together and peer reviewed.
Report2M5Team Project File. Project management. Peer reviewed.
Poster2M5Individual posters.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

At Masters-level all students are expected to take ownership for the progress of the work of their team, with a minimum of supervisory input and the modes of assessment reflect this. All normal methods of reporting outcomes of project work in industry are assessed for the team, i.e. report, oral presentation and poster. The assessed project file contains evidence of the project management processes applied by the team to achieve these outputs on time and within budget (in terms of man-hours). Individual work logbooks (as would be maintained in industry) are required. The understanding and 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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Timetable