Integrated Design Project module details

Module Title - Integrated Design Project
Number of credits – 20

Module description

This module provides students with the opportunity to take on, as part of a team, real life designs challenges that address world-wide problems, providing an opportunity to apply cross-disciplinary working to solve a range of different problems. There will also be team projects based around the Formula Student Project.

The project design aspects of the work will aim at enhancing students’ awareness regarding challenges imposed by key issues such as globalisation, climate change, sustainability and inequality, and the way these impact their role as Engineers, working in teams.

Groups will be drawn from Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and EESE cohorts, working together in crossdisciplinary teams to provide design solutions to real world project scenarios. The team will divide into discipline specific design project groups required to meet the a global design challenge, with discipline specific activities feeding into the final integrated solution.

Teams will ultimately produce final design concepts that demonstrate full integration between discipline led tasks. Student will produce a final prototype/product as part of their final submissions.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a wide knowledge and understanding of risk and limitations, and utilise measures to evaluate and manage uncertainties in information, design techniques, the product, health and safety, environmental and commercial consideration.
  • Critically appraise and understand the differentiation between responsibility within an engineering team, as an individual, team member and professional engineer, and apply this knowledge to fulfil team goals.
  • Critically evaluate, reflect on and adapt engineering practise, in the context of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the broader considerations, codes of conduct and legal regulations, required by the professional engineer with respect to: sustainability,ethics, environmental concerns, human, industrial and commercial constraints.
  • Demonstrate a wide knowledge of current engineering practise through technical literature, its limitations, restriction of use through intellectual property and contractual issues, and new and emerging technologies.
  • Communicate and defend effectively the design concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of project, financial and business management.
  • Apply workshop and laboratory skills.

Teaching and assessment:

  • Report at the end of semester 1 (5%)
  • Two presentations inc. Q&A (10%)
  • Final report detailing designs (60%)
    This may be broken down into the discipline specific design (50%) and the integration of the design (10%)
  • Final design submission via poster session, including (i) Poster (10%); (ii) Prototype/drawing (10%); (iii) Presentation on integration (5%)

Peer assessment will be used to moderate the final mark by ±5 marks across the group.

Semester: 1 and 2
Contact hours: 56