SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H620655
Module Leader David Hendry
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Integrated Design Project 1 (or Equivalent)

Summary of Content

This project module is practical work concerned with the development of a solution to a realistic problem relevant to the domain of the student's programme of study. It will involve the utilisation of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the student's current level of study in producing an appropriate solution. The emphasis of this module is on working from a design brief. The balance of analysis, design and implementation will depend on the specific objectives of the problem topic but the problem is intended to provide design and analysis problems that help further develop the student's insight into the engineering profession, the roles of the engineer and the frameworks within which the modern engineer operates. It is a group-based project and the work completed within this module by an individual student will require the student to work with other students following the same module. At this programme level the group are expected to develop and follow a project plan for a well defined problem area as a team with supervision from a module tutor and work towards well defined deliverables that meet defined requirements using specified resources. Teams are expected to develop their own code of conduct that team members will follow and choose their own documentation and management standards. Students require working in a self motivated way within collectively defined schedules and developing a confidence in their ability to work with others on analysing and creatively solving problems. Students are expected to document working practices they have followed in support of evidencing the team's professionalism. This module will ground students in developing and executing team based approaches to problem solving and further develop student awareness of and ability to identify and reflect upon professional issues relevant to their engineering discipline area and the societal context of engineering practice.


Effective Teamworking Identifying strengths and improving skills; psychology of teams; team working and team dynamics; meeting participation skills; negotiation and assertiveness; project management including dealing with pressure and conflict. Design Principles for Technology Based Products and Systems Appropriate design methods, tools and techniques. Assessing factors such as product usability, performance, effectiveness, productivity, desirability, profitability and differentiation. Modern development and implementation techniques and processes. Key features of underpinning technologies. Product life cycles and profiling environmental impact. Applicable standards and legislation Professional Issues relevant to Systems Engineering projects Theoretical ethical frameworks Employment ethics: differentiating between good and bad employers and professionals. Intellectual Property: types and values. Sustainability and environmental impact. Market analysis. Career and personal development planning. Reflection on experiences

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1 - Synthesise and monitor a project plan for a team to carry out the development of a practical and realistic solution to a problem involving design, development and implementation. 2 - Select and use relevant technical and professional skills, techniques and practices in the development of a problem solution3 - Develop and demonstrate appropriate competence in, and an understanding of, the roles and transferable skills required in the project's development and reflect upon their own strengths and weaknesses and those of fellow team members4 - Demonstrate information gathering and enquiry skills appropriate to their programme level5 - Demonstrate the ability to report upon the project in a written and oral form6 - Develop the ability to assess the environmental impact of a product through its life cycle

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. The student will normally undertake this project module as part of a group of 3 or 4 other students. Students will be responsible for negotiating the formation of their own teams unless able to do so. The team will specify, plan and execute the whole project to achieve specified deliverables using defined resources. Teams are expected to develop their own code of conduct that team members will follow and choose their own documentation and management standards. Lectures and seminars will be devoted to furthering students understanding and development of key transferable skills and deepening their knowledge of ethical and professional issues and the framework within which their profession is applied. Full use will be made of GCU Learn to provide Lecture-based and related study materials. The use of peer assessment and the incorporation of reflection into the core of the activity together with the nature of the group project activity will encourage the development of independent learning and allowing self-reflective feedback on student performance. Staff-based feedback on student performance will be made available informally at supervision sessions and formally for submitted work in line with the University feedback policy, with summative feedback and grades on the coursework assessment utilising GCU Learn. The additional interactive discussion features of GCU Learn will be utilised, as a key element of communication and group interaction in this module, to stimulate independent and flexible student learning outwith scheduled class time. As different programmes using the module will have different deliverables, the brief will carry significant contextual information. Case studies, site visits and industry speakers will be used to provide industrial context and allow students to benefit from exposure to real world scenarios and practitioner experiences. Much of the student's independent learning is expected to be spent in team based situations developing elements of the problem solution.

Indicative Reading

Freeman-Bell G, Balkwill J (1996), Management in Engineering - Principles and Practice, Prentice Hall. West M (2004) Effective Teamworking, BPS Blackwell Fleddermann C (2008) Engineering Ethics, Prentice Hall Ulrich I, Eppinger S (2000), Product Design & Development, McGraw Hill Lefteri C (2007) Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design, Laurence King (Publishing) Faulkner X (2000) Usability Engineering, Macmillan Press Ltd Chapman J (2007) Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories: A Collection of Sustainable Design Essays, Trowbridge Press Bingham R & Drew S (2001) The Student Skills Guide (2 nd Ed), Gower Cottrell S (2003) The Study Skills Handbook (2 nd Ed), Palgrave MacMillan Cottrell S (2003) Skills for Success; The Personal Development Handbook, Palgrave MacMillan Pace J (2005) Professional Development Books (1-4) The Workplace, McGraw Hill

Transferrable Skills

D2 Critical thinking and problem solving. D3 Critical analysis. D4 Communication skills, written, oral and listening. D5 Numeracy. D6 Effective Information retrieval and research skills. D7 Computer literacy. D8 Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working). D9 Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. D11 Knowledge of international affairs. D12 Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development. D13 Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness D15 Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). D16 Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership. D17 Presentation skills. D18 Commercial awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Project Artefact with accompanying documentation and presentation(s)