EUROPEAN PROJECT SEMESTER

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code M3H623747
Module Leader Andrew Quinn
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Instrumentation and Control
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 2 university studies in Business, IT, Engineering or any science subject

Summary of Content

The EPS is a module crafted to address the design requirements of a university degree and prepare, primarily engineering students, with many of the necessary skills to face the challenges of today's world economy. EPS is a mixture of "Project related content" and project organized/problem based learning (PBL) where students work in international and usually interdisciplinary teams of 3-6 students on their projects. Projects will, ideally, be conducted in cooperation with commercial businesses and industries. Students develop learning skills, to take responsibility for their learning in their project work, develop their intercultural competences, communication skills and their interpersonal skills. The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the practicalities of inter-disciplinary processes and procedures which a professional graduate must consider when working in practical situations. Students will be formed into multi-disciplinary teams to study the development of a new product or solution to an industrial or environmental problem. The objective is to produce a fully justified feasibility study and a solution, based on commercial and technical arguments, and using project management techniques. This module will develop an understanding of the need for, and challenges in, teamwork in inter-disciplinary projects. The emphasis is largely on team working, design, innovation and enterprise: focusing on the end user and business sustainability. It aims to foster creativity and develop analytical skills applied in most practical engineering and commercial projects. The module aims to further to enhance a student's employability through developing: -360b7 the student's understanding of the characteristics of an entrepreneurial mind-set, -360b7 the need to be aware of their impact on profitability of an organisation, b7 the roles of the engineer within the business environment and b7 the frameworks within which the modern engineer operates. These aims provide an opportunity for an individual to further develop and demonstrate professional and transferable skills to manage their career development and prepare for a career in engineering. -360 -360

Syllabus

Active team-working skills: identifying own and team members strengths and skills; psychology of teams; team working and dynamics; team participation and negotiation skills, e.g. dealing with pressure and conflict. -357? Project planning and management: understanding means for determining/estimating timescales for stages and interaction of stages to allow effective use of man-hours and facilities to complete a task to deadlines, monitoring milestones, identifying & mitigating project risks, monitoring progress and taking remedial action. Oral and written communication skills with a focus on adapting communication to specialist and non-specialist audiences across different genres (e.g. reports, Pecha Kuchas) and media, using appropriate conventions, such as referencing.. Design of products and systems: engineering and product focused, methods, standards and sustainability 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. -357? Finance: The business plan, profit and loss accounts, costing and budgeting, Break-even point (BEP) and risk analysis. Manufacturing Systems: the concept of a manufacturing system, system inputs and outputs, subsystems and design of manufacturing systems; process, product and cellular factory layouts, use of simulation techniques to evaluate the behaviour and performance of systems.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Integrate, evaluate and apply knowledge from all aspects of their studies to the solution of a real problem.2. Demonstrate motivation, initiative, analytical and critical evaluation skills, creative thinking in a project and be able to report upon the project in a written and oral form.3. Demonstrate project planning, monitoring, management, time management and decision making processes.4. Interact with other team members to achieve a solution to a potentially complex technological problem, making use of relevant design and development technologies.5. Apply design thinking techniques as a set of methods for identifying and solving problems.6. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills within teams, awareness of cross cultural/disciplinary issues, respect and the need for collaboration rather than confrontation as a means to productivity.7. Develop the ability to present project information to a wide range of technical and non-technical audiences in a range of traditional and non-traditional formats (e.g. PowerPoint, Pecha kuchas) and via different medias.8. Consider engineering and product design techniques to produce a viable solution to an industrial problem9. Determine the feasibility of selling their product by considering market, design and manufacturing information10. Demonstrate an understanding of business needs through: marketing, market analysis, decision making, risk assessment, project financing, profit and loss, break even points, costing and budgeting11. Understand the principles of Production and Operations Management and Manufacturing Systems.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of: lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical/laboratory sessions and independent learning. All projects will be industrially relevant and will be taught in multidisciplinary and multicultural groups adding to the richness of the student learning experience. Teaching in interdisciplinary and international groups, in conjunction with Industry, will enhance their entrepreneurship and team responsibility and employability. Students will be allocated an academic tutor to advise on all aspects of the their programme and an industrial supervisor will also be appointed to support the student teams. A Module Handbook will be provided for all students. Details of teaching hours and assessment strategy will be given in the Modular Handbook. Peer assessment will be used by the individuals in the teams to assess the contribution of fellow students. Lectures will be the primary method to engage the students in their project work together with tutor meetings and specialists' talks. Lectures, seminars and tutorials will all be used to teach the students new concepts such as in: communication, marketing, finance, design and project management. Practical/Laboratory sessions will be used for the creation of the students' end solutions, as directed by the project, and the supervision of the industrial partner. Tutorials will be used to prepare the students for their assessment and reinforce the lecture/seminar topics and all of the above will be supported by the student's own independent learning.

Indicative Reading

Project Management Step by Step: How to Plan and Manage a Highly Successful, Richard Newton, Pearson Business Kanrami A, Azimi M (2010), New Methods in Product Design (Engineering and Management Innovation), 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 Foundations of Marketing 4th Ed, John Fahy and David Jobber, Pub: McGraw-Hill

Transferrable Skills

Team working and associated skills including negotiating, timekeeping and responsibility. Meeting deadlines. Project management, targets and milestones. Communication (though verbal, written and video means) Design thinking for problem solving The importance of multidisciplinary teams in industrial projects The role of the customer, industry, in projects.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 55.00
Lectures (FT) 64.00
Practicals (FT) 222.00
Placement 241.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 35% Project Final Assessment (Learning Outcomes 1-11)
Coursework 1 n/a 10.00 35% Project Interim Assessment (Learning Outcomes 1-11)
Coursework 3 n/a 30.00 35% Project management and team working (Learning Outcomes 3,4,5,6)Communication (Learning Outcomes 3,4,5,6,7)Design (Learning Outcome 9)Marketing and finance (Learning Outcomes 9,10)Operations Management (Learning Outcome 11)