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ES97M - Group Design Project

  • Module code: ES97M
  • Module name: Group Design Project
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module provides the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and understanding gained in the other core modules of the programme and demonstrate the skills required of professional engineers in an industrial context. This is by means of a group design project, which is inspired by an industrial partner and prepares students for professional practice. The project provides experience of team working whilst being assessed on an individual basis. Students will integrate their knowledge and understanding in order to specify and solve a complex engineering problem (or user need) related to tunnelling, through the creation and development of a designed infrastructure or system. The project also allows students to develop their understanding of project management, time management, ethics, sustainability and environment, health and safety and risk. Students will develop effective communication and leadership skills and are encouraged to reflect upon the skills they have and are developing.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module a student should be able to: • Extrapolate existing knowledge and experience and apply them in an integrated systems approach to solve a complex and unfamiliar engineering problem. • Extract and critically evaluate relevant data in order to apply engineering analysis and advanced problem solving skills, in order to complete an engineering project to the satisfaction of a customer and/or user. • Use innovative techniques, materials or methods in delivering the project. • Consider the wider context of the project including, risk, ethics, environmental and sustainability limitations, intellectual property rights, codes of practice and standards, health and safety and liability, to inform the project specification (problem brief) as relevant to the project. • Plan and manage a project from the initial brief to a deliverable outcome • Demonstrate effective communication, both verbal and written, to a technical and non-technical audience. • Interpret a project brief and integrate their knowledge to develop a conceptual design to meet that brief through critical thinking and analysis. • Work constructively as a team member to address a realistic design brief, managing their time and contribution for the benefit of the group as a whole.

Timetabled teaching activities

Kick-off meeting (2 hours) Stage 1 Presentation (1 hour) Final Presentation (1 hour) 20 hours of contact time with project supervisor(s) arranged at mutually convenient times with the students during the normal working week. These slots are not timetabled and should not occur after 13:00 on a Wednesday. Total 24 hours.

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Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the project.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
45 CATS (Module code: ES97M-45)
A1 (Assessed work only) Report Stage 1 25%
  Group Presentation Stage 1 10%
  Report Stages 2 and 3 55%
  Group Presentation Final 10%
  Peer Review Report Stage 1 0%
  Peer Review Group Presentation Stage 1 0%
  Peer Review Report Stages 2 and 3 0%
  Peer Review Group Presentation Final 0%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Tunnelling and Underground Space (H214) - Year 1
Optional Core