SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H625231
Module Leader Anand Philip
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Integrated Design Project 1 (or Equivalent)

Summary of Content

This is a work based project module concerned with the development of a solution to a realistic work based problem relevant to the role and domain of the Graduate Apprentice's (GA's) programme of study. It will involve the utilisation of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the GA role within the workplace and current level of study in producing an appropriate solution to a work based problem. The emphasis of this module is on working from a project specification developed by the GA with the help of their workplace supervisor that is then approved by the module leader. The balance of analysis, design, implementation and evaluation will depend on the specific objectives of the project topic, but the project is intended to provide design and analysis of a problem that help further develop the GA's insight into the engineering profession, the roles of the engineer and the frameworks within which the modern engineer operates. The project should also have a positive impact on the organisation. The project will be undertaken on an individual basis, however, the work completed within the module may require the GA to work with groups of individuals within the organisation. Therefore, the GA can assume the role of a project leader or significant project member carrying out a role of responsibility on the project. The GA on submission of a project specification and approval of the project specification prior to the module commencing is expected to develop and follow a project plan with supervision from a work based supervisor and the module tutor working towards well defined deliverables that meet defined requirements using specified resources. GA's are expected to follow relevant professional, organisational and industry standards as well as following their own organisation's guidelines in the development of documentation and management standards. . GA's are also expected to document working practices they have followed in support of e their professionalism. This module will ground GA's in developing and executing project management, problem solving and further develop GA awareness of and ability to identify and reflect upon professional issues relevant to their engineering discipline area and the societal context of engineering practice. By prior agreement with module tutors, students on certain pathways may be permitted to work individually on responses to external competition briefs but will still be expected to engage in peer assessment and critiquing activities. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the proportion of the Activity Types which take place off campus, is 72%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 100%.


Effective Project Management Project Management and Planning; project reporting/documenting: 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

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1 - Develop a project specification from a brief.2 - Synthesise and monitor a project plan to carry out the development of a practical and realistic solution to a problem involving design, development and implementation. 3 - Select and use relevant technical and professional skills, techniques and practices in the development of a problem solution4 - 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.5 - Demonstrate information gathering and enquiry skills appropriate to their programme level6 - Demonstrate the ability to report upon the project in a written and oral form7 - Develop the ability to assess the environmental impact of a product through its life cycle

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning in the workplace. The Learning and Teaching Strategy is informed by the University's Strategy for Learning. The course material will be introduced through online presentations as well as guided reading material made available on GCULearn. These are supported by practical exercises, and there will be seminars on campus which will allow students to discuss key concepts and issues with peers and tutors. Students will be expected to undertake a significant level of independent study within the workplace, including practical activities, and links will be provided to appropriate external material such as articles, podcasts and videos to supplement the module content. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the workplace and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment, and this will form part of the module assessment. Students will receive feedback on their performance throughout the module through undertaking the practical assignments and tutorial exercises and participating in the seminars.

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

Critical thinking and problem solving. Critical analysis. Communication skills, written, oral and listening. Numeracy. Effective Information retrieval and research skills. Computer literacy. Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working). Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. Knowledge of international affairs. Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development. Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership. Presentation skills. Commercial awareness Demonstrate self-confidence, self-discipline and self-reliance (independent working) Demonstrate an awareness of my strengths and weaknesses Demonstrate creativity, innovation and independent thinking. Demonstrate knowledge of international affairs. Demonstrate an appreciation and desire for the need to reflect, and plan for self-learning and improving performance as the foundation for CPD and life-long learning. Demonstrate reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness. Demonstrate entrepreneurial, independence and risk taking. Demonstrate the ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a member of a team (work with and relate effectively

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

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