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For this module students are required to work on a specific topic under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. The project is similar in some ways to the project carried out in student’s third year, however the underlying emphasis of the MECHM010 project is on design and group work. Most projects are therefore concerned with solving a particular engineering problem through appropriate design of components, apparatus or systems. Students are thus expected to combine the functions of investigation, analysis, and design in their work. Additionally, they are encouraged to follow up designs with a degree of development which usually means at least the partial realisation of ideas through construction and/or testing. Students are also encouraged to view the project as more than just a technical challenge and consider business/financial matters.. Issues of manufacturability, the raising of funding/sponsorship and the advertisement of activities through a website are prime examples of this.
The group design project is a course unit that aims to present students with challenging engineering problems within a working environment that requires group action. To facilitate this, projects constitute a Sub-Project within a larger main project context. A group of between 4-6 students is responsible for one Main Project context, with each student within the group being responsible for their own Sub-Project. The project work is assessed at regular intervals during the academic year with separate assessments being applied to both the main group as a whole and the individual student via the Sub-Project. Usually only enough Main Project contexts are put forward by various members of staff for the requisite number of groups to encourage competition in the project award process. The members of staff associated with each group act as general Group Coordinators but their role is not that of a direct supervisor, since the project group is expected to be substantially self-supervised.
The basic project module is also supplemented by a coordinated programme of group working meetings, which are designed to assist groups in setting and meeting goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses and in disseminating and presenting their work. In essence, the programme focuses upon the soft skills which most employers would agree are central to the success of any project, irrespective of the technical challenges to be overcome.
|Title:||Group Design Project|
|Taught by:||Dr. Adam Wojcik (Module Coordinator)|
This is a level 4 course and students are expected to have an advanced basis in all taught aspects of mechanical engineering, including materials selection, engineering drawing and design, structural mechanics, as well as other aspects (such as economic factors) and/or particular parts of the syllabus that pertain to the project undertaken. Additionally some experience of group working and of managing and dealing with team working aspects, will be beneficial to those undertaking this course.
The minor taught content course is delivered using a tutorial methodology. The remaining part of the course is non-taught group work, and is essentially self-supervised and.