Module Title:   Major Design Project (60 Credits)

Module Credit:   60

Module Code:   ENG3071B

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Dissertation

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Design & Product Development (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Mr N Hills

Additional Tutor(s):   Mr C Johnstone, Ms K Johnson, Mr P Dowhyj, Dr P Caton-Rose

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To enable students to complete a challenging design project from an initial brief through research, specification, concept and detailed development to a final solution in a logical and professional manner.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Students will work independently under the guidance of a team of supervisors. A studio-based weekly `Project day` will start with a project briefing session and continue with students working on their projects and discussing their work with their peers. A member of the supervision team will meet with each student and a record of discussion and agreements will be kept. Students are expected to attend each week.

Students will be expected to develop and maintain a comprehensive `design journal` and areport. Additional assessment will be based upon a physical model, a computer model and a progressive series of presentations culminating in an exhibition of work. The presentations are designed to reflect aspects of professional design practice such as concept pitch, client meeting and final presentation/exhibition.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   504.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   72.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   600.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Apply a systematic understanding of the design process in the context of a specific design problem. 1.2 Evaluate, transfer and apply knowledge and understanding previously attained in the context of a chosen design problem.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Effectively apply critical and analytical skills to design decision-making. 2.2 Use creativity and original thought appropriately within the design process.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3.1 Present work in suitable formats for a variety of different situations/audiences using accomplished design presentation skills and models.

  Coursework   100%
  A portfolio of coursework submissions, presentations & exhibition as defined in annually published MPD handbook

Outline Syllabus:
A final major design project in which the students are encouraged to identify and specify an artefact that reflects their degree course and career aspirations. Students are expected to undertake project work that reflects the breadth and ideals of the course and allows them to demonstrate their design skills effectively. The number of credits attached to this Module requires a very high level of activity, application and discipline from the students. The process should include: Research, information gathering, and critical evaluation of material; analysis; design ideas; concept generation and choice; detail design and development. Planning and organisation of design work including; time management; production (to a high standard) of a body of finalised design work; presentation of appropriate supporting documentation; presentation of design work to a professional standard. The project should include appropriate consideration and application of the following: Aesthetics; ergonomics; interaction; materials; appropriate technology; manufacture; assembly; economics; safety; legislation; social and political issues; sustainability. The work should demonstrate skills in the following where appropriate: Sketching; analysis; design methods; manual and computer assisted rendering; formal drawing, engineering drawing; 3D computer modelling; physical modelling and test rigs; computerised analysis and evaluation.

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