SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H620657
Module Leader Jacqueline Riley
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Integrated Design Project 1, Integrated Design Project 2 (or equivalent)

Summary of Content

This project module is practical work concerned with the development of an engineering 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 design innovation. The balance of analysis, design and implementation will depend on the specific objectives of the problem topic but the problem is intended to 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 an innovative, commercially viable solution to a design challenge that is ethically and sustainably sound. Students are expected to demonstrate significant autonomy in planning, selection of resources and (within set guidelines) defining the deliverables that demonstrate their concept and evidence its viability. 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.


b7 Idea generation and evaluation: sources of information, market characterisation, sales volume prediction; financial evaluation; technical evaluation; practicality of a concept from the viewpoint of functionality, manufacturability and cost; risk evaluation, writing business cases b7 New product development: product structuring, product design specifications, standards and compliance b7 Marketing: market research and its role in decision making, with particular emphasis on its contribution to product planning and development; marketing, planning and controlling; identifying target markets; selecting an appropriate market strategy b7 Costing: budgeting, standard costing, planning & reporting to management; behaviour of costs & analysis for decision making; investment appraisal techniques; pay back period, present value, discounted cash flow b7 Production, Planning and Control, material requirements planning, manufacturing resources planning, purchasing/procurement b7 Maintenance and Reliability: introduction to maintenance, breakdown and preventative maintenance, condition monitoring, reliability theory, product life characteristic curve, failure rate, Weibull distribution, calculation of mean time to failure and between failures

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 problem relevant to the design and development of electronic products and systems.2 - Select and use relevant technical, professional and entrepreneurial skills, techniques and practices throughout the life cycle of a marketable product prototype.3 -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 the ability to produce an innovative, complete and commercially viable solution to a design challenge that is ethically and sustainably sound5 - 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 - Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and report upon the environmental impact of the produced product solution through its life cycle

Teaching / Learning Strategy

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, select resources and (within set guidelines) define deliverables. 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 draw upon learning resources developed by the recently established Cisco Entrepreneur Institute (CEI) programme which embraces business strategy and planning, technology innovation and exploitation, relationship and change management, marketing, and new venture creation. 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

Timmons J (1994), New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, Irwin, USA Cisco Entrepreneur Institute learning resources <> Kanrami A, Azimi M (2010), New Methods in Product Design (Engineering and Management Innovation), CRC Press Vinck D (2009), Everyday Engineering: and Ethnography of Design and Innovation, The MIT Press Brown T (2009), Change by Design: How Design Thinking Creates New Alternatives for Business and Society, Harper Collins Inc. Verganti R (2009), Design-Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating, Harvard Business School West M (2004) Effective Teamworking, BPS Blackwell Fleddermann C (2008) Engineering Ethics, Prentice Hall

Transferrable Skills

D1 Specialist knowledge and application. 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. D10 Creativity, innovation & independent thinking. D11 Knowledge of international affairs. D12 Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development. D13 Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness D14 Entreneurial, independence and risk-taking. 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
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

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