BEng Electronic Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Individual Project

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN30330
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit will cover the following:

The individual project is a compulsory unit the subject of which could be any topic associated with the programmes taught within the School. Staff members submit project titles which are then offered to the students, who choose a selection. Students are then allocated projects on the basis of their preferences and by staff loading. The projects are run over two semesters and will at first involve significant guidance from the supervisor and research by the student. As time progresses students activity will be governed by the remit of their individual projects.

Aims

The course unit aims to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired during their degree to a particular technical challenge defined by the project supervisor. The individual project also enables students to acquire new knowledge and skills thet they may nt have been exposed to within the formally taught curriculum.

The individual project offers the opportunity for students to develop their project management skills as well as to exercise their initiative and personal responsibility.

Learning outcomes

ILO 1 (Developed and Assessed)

Develop realistic project plan in the form of a GANNT Chart acompanied by a list of specific, measurable and achievable objectives. Identify various types of risks that may adversely affect project work by developing and maintaining Risk Register. 

ILO2 (Developed and Assessed)

Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute self-learning of knowledge and skills development from technical literature, appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.

ILO3 (Developed and Assessed)

Appraise alternative technical solutions for a given problem.

ILO4 (Developed and Assessed)

Apply problem-solbing skills and technical knowledge to create a solution to a given technical problem.

ILO5 (Developed and Assessed)

Demonstrate an ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility.

ILO6 (Developed and Assessed)

Use a project plan as a tool for progress monitoring and for communicating progress to stakeholders, updating the plan as necessary. 

ILO7 (Developed and Assessed)

Communicate all aspects of the project using report writing and oral presentation skills.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures covering technical writing and presentation (2 hours), regular weekly meetings with project supervisor (12 hours). Independent study (288 hours).

Knowledge and understanding

  • Research their subject (from the Web, the library, manufacturers, supervisors, conversations with third parties)
  • Identify areas where there is a lack of knowledge
  • Identify the main requirements of the project and complete a specification
  • Design a project plan
  • Draw up a risk assessment

Intellectual skills

  • Refine solutions to meet the requirements of the project
  • Design a project plan
  • Draw up a risk assessment
  • Depending on the project, other intellectual skills may involve: circuit design, printed circuit board design, software design, mechanical design, modelling and experimentation
  • Design tests for software and/or hardware
  • Analyse results
  • Arrive at reasoned conclusions
  • Comment on further work

Practical skills

  • Depending on the nature of the project
  • Constructional skills - Mechanical, electronic and printed circuit board
  • Testing

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Report writing
  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Interpersonal skills

Assessment methods

Project Engagement:

Based on six marked progress review meetings with your supervisor - four in semester one and two in semester two.

The Project Engagement mark is 15% of the unit assessment.

 

Presentation:

You will be expected to give a presentation of no more than 15 minutes in duration, there will then be 15 minutes allowed for questions. Marks will be given for the quality of the description of the project and for the demonstration of technical achievement. 

The Presentation mark is 10% of the unit assessment.

The Presentation takes place in Weeks 11-12, Semester 2 and is assessed by both the supervisor and the independent examiner.

 

Final Project Report:

A word-processed report as defined by the Project Handbook.

Submitted by Monday, Week 11, Semester 2.

Assessed by both the supervisor and the independent examiner (guided by project norms).

The Final Project Report forms 75% of the unit assessment.

Feedback methods

Student engagement and technical progress is continually assessed by the project supervisor who provides formative and summative feedback. Students are provided with formative feedback on the preliminary written deliverables that are expected to form the basis of the final project report.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 2
Project supervision 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 286

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Sareh Malekpour Unit coordinator

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