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Unit information: AVDASI 4 - Group Design Project in 2015/16

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Unit name AVDASI 4 - Group Design Project
Unit code AENGM0013
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Scarpa
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of year 3



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

A group design project that will enable the student to exercise and consolidate the design, aeronautical engineering and management skills in the context of a complete aerospace vehicle design study.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the project the student will be able to:

apply design skills which integrate those gained from individual technical units of the curriculum; use specific analytical or technical tools in consort to satisfy much broader criteria; bring innovation and creativity into the design process; understand the need for compromise, i.e. the ability to recognise conflicting technical objectives and to find constructive compromises accordingly; apply teamwork skills for collaborative efforts to satisfy complex specifications with the appreciation of the contributions of other team members; communicate clearly through oral and written presentation within a group to facilitate the design process and to assist the group in publicising its findings; understand the management of large group projects.

Teaching Information

Weekly group meetings overseen by a member of the academic staff, specialist lectures and tutorials spread over the teaching block

Assessment Information

An individual's mark has two components: one owing to the efforts of the group as a whole (thus emphasising the need for collaborative work) and the other due to an individuals efforts. The group component takes into consideration the overall response to the design task and depends considerably on the group report. In addition, a panel of senior staff from industry and the university attend the presentations at the Preliminary and Final Design Reviews. The personal component is based on the contribution made by the individual as assessed by the advisor (based upon observation and a log, which a student keeps of his activities in support of the group) and by the rest of the group (based upon peer review

Reading and References

As recommended by group leaders and specialist lecturers