Individual Project

Module summary

Module code: ELEC1036
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Michael Okereke

Specification

Aims

The individual project enables a student to study a topic in depth, to further develop experience in the retrieval and critical assessment of information and to plan, execute and report on an individual work programme. The preparation of an individual project enables students to use a range of skills that have been developed throughout their programme: for example, the skills of enterprise, initiative, design and analysis required for thorough investigation and research into a particular engineering topic; the motivation and time management skills necessary to produce a substantive and organised piece of reported work and the ability to synthesise and integrate complex information.

This course aims to: provide students with an opportunity to carry out a critical, in-depth study in an area of particular relevance to their chosen engineering specialism; foster enhanced problem-solving, presentation and management skills; encourage initiative and the investigative reading of background and source materials and apply this to the solution of a problem of some complexity; encourage students to develop the ability to integrate data and knowledge to provide an appropriate critical analysis; develop the ability to work on an individual basis, with limited direct supervision, to promote self-development skills.

Learning outcomes

1. Undertake a substantial programme of engineering work on an individual basis that integrates various facets of their chosen engineering specialism.
2. Use a wide range of skills to solve engineering and design problems.
3. Conduct and report an appropriate literature and state-of-the-art survey.
4. Design, conduct, analyse and report an engineering project.
5. Disseminate the findings of the project by poster and oral presentations, and in a properly structured written report.

Indicative content

Projects will generally fall into three categories: investigation, planning, design, construction and evaluation of a topic relating to the student’s chosen engineering specialism; planning, execution and analysis based on laboratory or field investigations; in-depth study and critical appraisal and analysis of an existing or proposed engineering scheme, system or sector of the engineering industry or field of research. Topics for projects are provided by members of staff within the Department, by industrial organisations and, occasionally, by students themselves. The main criteria for the acceptability of a topic for an individual project are that it should offer a substantial challenge to the student’s initiative, together with the development of engineering and management skills appropriate to the programme of study. The project will involve activities that are relevant to the formation of a professional practising engineer.

The student takes responsibility for their own decisions whilst executing the project knowing that often there is no one unique solution to most engineering problems. This means that the student plans and carries out the project with a fair degree of independence, under the general guidance of the academic supervisor.

Teaching and learning activity

Student centred activity and weekly discussion with the project supervisor – a nominal one day per week for two semesters. Additionally, a detailed logbook is to be kept that will be reviewed by the Supervisor at regular intervals.

Personal logs, A/V presentation and project reports are to follow standard templates.

PowerPoint presentations are to follow prevailing University of Greenwich templates and guidelines.


Assessment

In order to meet professional body requirements, students are expected to pass this course at 40% overall and with a minimum of 30% for each component except for the Project Report which must be passed with a minimum of 40%.

Project Proposal - weighting 10%
Learning outcome(s) : 3 - 4
Pass Mark: - 30%.
Outline Details: Specification and Literature Review Report.
First report documenting aims/objectives and relevant literature surrounding the project. Also, includes project outline and Gantt chart.

Viva - weighting 5%
Learning Outcome(s): 1,2 and 4
Pass Mark - 30%
Outline Details: Progress Review which assesses student’s progress in the project based on evidence of work actually known. Students also provide updated Gantt chart.

Poster Presentation - weighting 15%
Learning Outcome(s): 5
Pass Mark - 30%
Outline Details: Assesses posters students prepare based on completed project. Also, this includes a viva session where student answers questions on the poster content.

Logbook - weighting 10%
Learning Outcome(s): 2
Pass Mark - 30%
Outline Details: Supervisor mark that assesses quality of student’s logbook/project portfolio as well as the student’s engagement with the project.

Project Report - weighting 60%
Learning Outcome(s): 1-5
Pass Mark - 40%
Outline Details: Final report documenting project findings and conclusions.

Students are required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment:
The list of formative assessments that the students can undertake can include the following:
1. Mastering project report referencing: A guide in the use of Microsoft Word, Mendeley, or any commercially available bibliographic software, for Harvard referencing and citation in project reports. Students will be provided with video tutorials and apply knowledge in their project report referencing.
2. Gantt chart design using Microsoft Project: Video tutorials to help student’s master preparation of project Gantt chart. Students will be expected to watch the videos and create Project Gantt chart.
3. Working with laboratory technicians: This will consist a series of slides highlighting the role of laboratory technicians as collaborators in the student’s project, in such tasks as specimen design and manufacture, PCB board work, circuit design, 3D printing, operating of laboratory machines, software management, etc. An online quiz will be given in the end to assess student’s understanding.
4. Basic statistical analysis: Most engineering projects will involve some form of statistical analysis. This formative assessment will guide students through the fundamentals of engineering statistical analysis required for their projects. An online quiz will be provided for the students to self-assess their understanding.
5. Ethical issues: When ethics are involved in student’s projects, this self-guided tutorial and online quiz assessment will help students understand the ethical considerations needed for their projects and how to go about securing ethical approval.
6. Projects copyrights, intellectual property, non-disclosure agreements and external companies: This will consist of Microsoft PowerPoint slides and Panopto videos which teach students about any copyright issues and intellectual properties developed as part of their project. Some projects might involve external companies, in which case the student need to understand and appraise (with the supervisor) the importance of non-disclosure agreements for IP-sensitive aspects of the project. At the end of this tutorials, the student’s understanding will be assessed by a series of online quizzes.