BEng Mechanical Engineering

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Individual Project (Mechanical)

Course unit fact file
Unit code MECH31030
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


Students select and develop a project from a wide range of proposed engineering, management, and environmental topics. In consultation with the Project Supervisor, the initial short topic description is developed during the first semester into a full programme of investigation and analysis that will be conducted over the academic year.

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates


 1. Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging technology.

2. Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems.

3. Provide technical and commercial leadership.

4. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

5. Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.


The project runs over both semesters during which students attend weekly meetings either with their peer group or individually with their supervisor. The group meetings will be used to discuss research-related issues that will enable students to develop key skills such as planning a project workload, writing a literature review, developing a methodology appropriate to the research being undertaken, how to develop a project poster, and how to write a project proposal and final report. Individual meetings with research supervisors will be used for students to discuss various topics such as project progress and to resolve any issues that might have arisen as well as obtaining formative feedback. 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 10%
Report 80%
Oral assessment/presentation 10%

Other - project proposal

Feedback methods

Project Proposal - written and oral feedback provided by supervisor in Semester 1 Week 12

Poster - At presentation and by supervisor meeting following

Final report - written feedback after marking is complete

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 10
Project supervision 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 200

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Olivier Allegre Unit coordinator

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