The aim of this module is to introduce students to the engineering design process involving problem solving in groups. The module seeks to develop their analytical skills by allowing them, in groups, to develop design solutions to basic engineering problems. It will also allow them to develop their communication skills and the ability to present their findings verbally, graphically and in writing.
The projects will incorporate a range of discipline areas within the three receiving Schools (Civil/Structural, Mechanical and Design and Electrical/Electronic). IN addition to introducing students to the process of engineering design the project module will also help them to differentiate between different engineering disciplines and aid them in making their choice for second year.
Projects will predominantly involve students working in groups to make an engineering element or product.
The module will involve a number of design project based activities carried out in small teams of approx. 4 students. The projects will involve problem identification, analysis and design under constraints. Students will also be required to make and test their final designs.
Each of the components will be involve students presenting their design as it evolves with supporting graphics and computing work to illustrate their solution
The main thrust of the module will be the working within a group-based practical engineering design class, with a strong emphasis on learning by doing.
Students will also develop expertise in graphically representing the work that they are doing and in communicating the results of their work to students and staff
This module may be complemented with lecture sessions providing theory specific to the problem, along with laboratory sessions to involve team discussions, practical implementation and the testing of designs.
Students will be encouraged to research the problems independently and present their findings to team members.
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