SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH124725
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module develops and integrates the technical and project management skills gained from other units. The work carried out in MHH120950 Research Methodology may form the basis of this individual project. The project consists of elements of design, analysis, specification, implementation, validation (testing) and communication.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The design investigation, construction and appraisal of an engineering technology or product (hardware or software) emulating many of the tasks encountered in industry by engineers, such as, -360 a) Interpret specification. b) Construct prototype. c) Develop test methods. d) Validate design with appropriate use of test equipment. Interact with other members of workforce. e) Communicate findings of study. f) Recognise the role of non-technical factors (e.g. cost, environmental issues). Plan and manage resources.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Review / Update the project proposal and develop a plan of action (AM7).2. Interpret the objectives of the project and do a detailed design/ design alternates (Systems / Technologies / Experiments), specifications and analysis (AM5, AM6)3. Validate the design, implement and test the system (hardware/software) (AM6, AM7).4. Produce a quality technical report with regard to relevance, structure, language, presentation and word limit (AM7, AM9).5. Deliver effectively a short oral presentation with appropriate visual aids on the project and defend the project before the panel of examiners through project demonstration (AM8).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Project co-ordination, regular meetings with supervisor, log book, regular review of performance related to agreed targets, lectures/seminars to encourage communication skills and team work, open access to project area and word processing facilities, reference material, directed reading by supervisors.

Indicative Reading

Maylor, H. (2003) Project Management, (3 rd Edition), Prentice Hall. Sharp, J.A, Peters J and Howard K. (2002) The Management of a Student Research Project, (3 rd Edition), Gower Publishing Limited, USA.

Transferrable Skills

Project management, problem solving/analysis, specification writing, report writing, ICT skills, oral, written and visual communication.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 2.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 168.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 n/a Interim presentation
Coursework 3 n/a 20.00 n/a Final presentation & project demonstration
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 n/a Final Project Report ( 10000 to 14000 words)