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 Faculty of Engineering & Science provides students without traditional entry qualifications (but who have the desire and ambition to succeed) the opportunity to read for an accredited Bachelor of Engineering Honours (BEng (Hons)) degree. Such students will undertake an extra year of study and complete a four-year extended BEng (Hons) degree programme. Stage 0 of the extended degree programme, the 'foundation year', is designed to provide extended degree students with all essential skills and knowledge required for successful integration into stage 1 of a traditional BEng (Hons) degree programme; stages 1 to 3 of the extended degree are identical to those of students completing traditional BEng (Hons) degree programmes.

The Engineering Project Design & Implementation course aims to provide students with core knowledge and skill relating to engineering science (civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering). The course 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 course 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. The course is comprised of both guided and self-study and engineering science is delivered via tutorials, laboratories, workshops, and by active participation in engineering projects.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
1 Employ the principles of engineering science in the development of realisable solutions to complex engineering problems.
2 Select and apply numerical modelling and/or computational techniques to produce solutions for engineering problems.
3 Select and apply engineering design techniques to produce creative conceptual and detailed design solutions.
4 Conduct effective research to produce well-defined engineering solutions and detailed project specifications.
5 Work effectively both as part of a team and as an individual to successfully plan, manage, and implement engineering projects.
6 Effectively communicate as part of a team and as an individual via written technical reports, oral presentations, and peer reviews.

Indicative content

Fundamentals of engineering science: 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.

Practical Activity: Laboratory activity, computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting, vacuum forming, thermoplastic welding, electrical circuit construction, metal working, wood working, computer programming.

Greenwich Graduate & employability attributes: 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 course is project based learning in nature and is a mixture of theory and practical activity involving both guided and self-learning. Students are be placed into a 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 course 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. The course 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

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Project 1
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group reviews, quizzes, individual interviews
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-6
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 20%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length 2000 + appendices
Outline Details: Group report, individual report, presentation; each must be passed to pass project 1

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Project 2
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group reviews, quizzes, individual interviews
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-6
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 30%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length 3500 + appendices
Outline Details: Group report, individual report, presentation; each must be passed to pass project 2

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Project 3
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group reviews, quizzes, individual interviews
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-6
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 40%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length 5000 + appendices
Outline Details: Group report, individual report, presentation; each must be passed to pass project 3

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Laboratory Activity
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group review
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1,2,5,6
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 10%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length 1500
Outline Details: Two individual lab reports; both must be passed to pass laboratory activity

Students must pass all items of assessment to pass the course.