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Unit information: Group Industrial Project in 2020/21

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Unit name Group Industrial Project
Unit code MENGM5000
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Wilcox
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

In this unit, students will undertake an advanced open-ended engineering project as a team, enabling them to develop conceptual and detailed solutions for an engineering project, utilising and extending their knowledge, understanding and skills acquired throughout the degree programme.

Students will organise their own work and integrate it with the overall activities of the team, as well as coordinate the overall direction of the team, and communicate their work through a group technical report and group presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Plan and execute a project and work to a budget and carry out assessments relating to health and safety
  2. Efficiently work in a team and collaborate to achieve a global goal.
  3. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving engineering problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks
  4. Analyse a complicated engineering problem in the subject area of the project, synthesise a solution, evaluate and assess the proposed solution and defend it against scientific enquiry.
  5. Write a structured technical report and communicate technical results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Teaching Information

Each team is allocated an academic supervisor at the beginning of the year. He or she is responsible for advising the team and students on how they might progress with the project. The overall specification of the project is decided by the supervisor with input from the students. The students and the supervisor will discuss technical aspects and the supervisor will advise on project direction in regular meetings. The group research supervision meetings are complemented by a series of lectures and seminars.

Assessment Information

The single summative assessment is based on the project consisting of a written report followed by a viva, is informed by supervisor feedback and peer assessment within the group and considers the satisfactory completion of a set of must-do formative assignments (Project Specification, Mid Sessional Review, Poster) throughout the year.

The report will be used by the assessors to establish the baseline group mark and the viva and peer assessment will then be used to assess the individual contributions to the group and adjust the marks accordingly. The assessors will take note of the comments made by the supervisor in assessing the work.

Reading and References

Recommended by the supervisor, as appropriate for the project.