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Unit information: Industrial Placement Unit in 2015/16

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Unit name Industrial Placement Unit
Unit code MENG30002
Credit points 120
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Bill Hadall
Open unit status Not open

Students must have attended all of year 2 of the Engineering Design programme H150 or H155



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit gives a year (minimum of 9 months) of industrial experience which is usually in one of the Engineering Design Degree Programme's Industrial Partner Companies. During their industrial experience students are expected to gain an understanding of the methods of design, and of analysis used in their assignments. This is to be complemented by cultivation of a good working knowledge of the technical specialisations associated with their industrial placement. Where relevant, the methods of manufacture used in their chosen industry will also be studied. The students will improve their competence at making both oral and written reports and in planning and managing their workload. Students will carry out some academic distance learning during the placement that will reinforce the teaching in the first two years of the programme and also develop skills in design optimisation. The distance learning will include engineering understanding and design optimisation. The topics will be taken from Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be placed in different industries and Partner Companies and so their learning will be specific to that particular situation. However, they will have a good understanding of:

  • Their industry and the role and nature of engineering design in that industry;
  • The nature of specialist analysis as practiced in their industry and be able to compare and contrast this with their academic teaching;
  • The process of product development and/or project management, and/or process development and/or sales and marketing in their industry; and,
  • The processes of manufacturing, if they are in a manufacturing company.
  • The students will gain a basic understanding of design optimization and scaling analysis.

Teaching Information

The students will be employed in companies and will have a supervisor in the company as well as a visiting industrial liaison officer from the university, who will make sure that the projects on which the company employs the students are capable of providing good learning opportunities.

A website will list the topics and associated learning materials for student learning of engineering fundamentals

Assessment Information

Assessment will be carried out as follows:

20% - Interim Industrial Assessment (at the sponsoring company's premises, and includes a presentation by the student on their work)
40% - Final Industrial Assessment (at the sponsoring company's premises, and includes a presentation by the student on their work)
20% - Industrial Critique Report (5,000 words)
10% - Engineering understandings test (2 hour test)
10% - Design optimization test (2 hour test)
In addition to the above assessment, students will be required to demonstrate satisfactory performance in ‘planning and control’ throughout the industrial placement.


  1. Interim Assessment and Final Assessment: The Industrial Liaison Officer and the student's Industrial Supervisor will separately assess the work done by the student during the placement to date, and then agree a total mark. This assessment will also review planning documents produced and planning/control methods used by the student.
  2. Final Assessment: The Industrial Liaison Officer and Industrial Supervisor will examine the work done by the student during the placement and make a final assessment jointly. Planning documents and methods will be reviewed.
  3. Industrial Critique Report: This describes the process, methodology or design exercise that they have personally been directly involved with, providing a critical review of this including recommendations for alternative approaches and improvements. The focus of the Industrial Critique is not on the detail of what the student did and or achieved but on their wider and deeper understanding of how the work was undertaken and of the alternative approaches that could have been followed. The student will also produce a section on Lessons Learnt covering technical, professional and academic learning acquired through the placement.

Reading and References

Placement Year Handbook