Engineering Project Design and Implementation

Module summary

Module code: GEEN1064
Level: 0
Credits: 60
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Robert Jenner

Specification

Pre and co requisites

None.

Aims

The Engineering Project Design & Implementation module aims to provide students with core knowledge and skill relating to the engineering science subjects (civil, computer, electrical/electronic, mechanical). The module is delivered in a non-traditional manner being Project Based Learning (PBL) in nature and requires students to work in teams to complete engineering projects from conception through to manufacture and testing. The module is essentially designed to replicate ‘a day at work’. The module aims to mimic the engineering workplace as closely as possible to give students an enhanced understanding of what it is to be an engineer, to promote a positive work ethic, to promote self-reliance, and to increase Greenwich Graduate and employability skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Explore the principles of engineering science to begin to recognise the influence of said scientific principles on engineering design processes.
2 Explore engineering design techniques to begin to develop creative conceptual and detailed design solutions to unfamiliar engineering projects.
3 Begin to develop teamworking and individual skills to successfully plan, manage, implement, and report on a variety of engineering projects with accuracy.

Indicative content

Atomic theory, electrical circuit analysis, analogue electronics, digital electronics, energy efficiency & sustainability, energy harvesting, alternative energy systems, electrical circuit design, computer programme design, computer interfacing, analogue to digital conversion, Boolean algebra and logic circuit design, data handling, control systems, mechanical units, laws of motion (linear and angular), thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, gears pulleys & levers, optics, gases, earthworks, substructures, super structures, classification and structure of materials, corrosion & durability of materials, static & dynamic mass and force effects on structures, design methodology, computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting, vacuum forming, thermoplastic welding, electrical circuit construction, metal working, wood working, computer programming, team working, self-reliance, sustainability, creative and original design, written & oral communication, information gathering, data handling, data analysis, self-reflection, peer review, interpersonal skills, project planning & management, professional working practices, decision making, responsibility & resilience, resolving conflict.

Teaching and learning activity

The module is comprised of both guided and self-guided study and engineering science is delivered via tutorials, laboratories, workshops, and by active participation in realistic engineering projects. Project based learning is employed to increase motivation and ownership of work and to facilitate deep learning.

This includes a mixture of theory and practical activity involving both guided and self-guided learning. Students work in groups (normally groups of five) and will complete three projects over the academic year; the project groups are reassigned for each project to aid student interaction. The module is delivered on a 'rolling' basis which means that learning and teaching activities are never the same from week to week; this is to aid student motivation and to allow the projects to progress in a logical order. Each project comprises of a research stage, a conceptual design stage, an implementation & testing stage, and a reporting stage. Each project is completed under supervision from academic staff and seminars are held at regular intervals to introduce the engineering science topics required for the project; detailed notes containing worked examples are supplied to the students after each seminar via the VLE. The module is team taught with various academic staff with differing specialisms delivering seminars at appropriate points in the project timelines. Students are supplied with a detailed teaching and assessment schedule at the start of the academic year. Students are expected to engage in self-learning completing research and data gathering, conducting investigations, and sharing this information with group members. Laboratory and practical activities are held throughout the academic year to aid understanding and to underpin the 'learn-by-doing' concept of project-based learning. Progress meetings with each group are held at regular intervals.

Assessment

Portfolio - 20% Pass/Fail.
LO - 1,2,
1500 words.
Portfolio 1 (report, peer review, presentation).

Portfolio - 20% Pass/Fail.
LO - 1,2,3.
2000 words.
Portfolio 2 (report, peer review, presentation).

Portfolio - 40% Pass/Fail.
LO - 1,2,3.
3000 words.
Portfolio 3 (report, peer review, presentation).

Lab Report - 20% Pass/Fail.
LO - 1
1500 words.
Report.

All elements of summative assessment must be passed to pass the module.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
The three portfolios are supported by formative assessment in the GEEN1065 module; the teaching schedule for GEEN105 is aligned with the GEEN1064 teaching schedule. Formative assessment relating to report writing, peer review, and presentations are held in the GEEN1065 module before students are required to complete Project 1 in GEEN1064.
To support the engineering science aspects of the module, formative online quizzes will be held at the end of each project.
To support the Laboratory summative assessment, a formative laboratory preparation session will be held to allow the students to gain some experience of using laboratory equipment, taking measurements, and reporting the findings on a laboratory report proforma.