Module Title:   Postgraduate Research Project (Engineering Quality Improvement)

Module Credit:   60

Module Code:   ENG4043Z

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Work-Based Learning

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Business and Management (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr IF Campean

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To enable students to further develop their research and problem solving skills to a high level, by advanced work on a workplace based engineering quality improvement project; to allow students to develop the skills of writing a formal academic report / dissertation.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Short-course style delivery of training material in the area of Engineering Quality Improvement and induction to research methods; workplace based project selection, planning and execution, supported by regular review meetings with academic supervisor and company / industrial mentor.

Lectures:   24.00          Directed Study:   0.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   50.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   526.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   600.00

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

critically evaluate, plan, schedule and report an engineering improvement task in a workplace context; you will develop competence and confidence in the understanding and application of the Engineering Quality Improvement tools and disciplines to a real world engineering problem.

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

demonstrate mastery of the skills required to apply the Engineering Quality Improvement systems engineering tools to the solution of practical engineering problems.

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

demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills, use of specialised packages for statistical analysis (either Excel or Minitab), communicate efficiently in a design team and contribute to teamwork leadership and facilitation.

  Dissertation or Project Report   100%
  Dissertation of 10,000 words

Outline Syllabus:
Short course material will cover key tools supporting Systems Engineering through Failure Mode Avoidance (function analysis, failure analysis tools such as FMEA and FTA, robustness improvement and design verification worksheet), and other broader EQI tools focused on statistically based methodologies (designed experiments, measurement systems analysis, reliability and life modelling).

The advanced research project will revolve around an industrial / workplace based case study of engineering improvement / problem solving, based on a creative and critical application of the above tools, in a rigorously planned and conducted investigation.

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