SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHH622170
Module Leader George Cullen
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of all Modules in Level 3

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is: To allow the student to develop skills in planning, decision making, data collection and analysis by selecting a project and progressing it to a conclusion. To present these conclusions both orally and in a written document.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The underlying philosophy of this module is to develop the education of individual students by their selecting, studying, analysing and evaluating in depth some problem or area of engineering and business interest with an understanding of multi-disciplinary nature of real engineering problems. The project offers an alternative to the traditional teaching method and consequently an alternative method for students to demonstrate their capabilities. It is intended that projects will normally have a base in problem areas that have become apparent during the Industrial Practice period (if relevant) or alternatively staff may provide industrially based projects from their development and consultancy studies but the major criteria will be the potential of the project to demonstrate original thinking and in-depth study. Each student is required to complete an individual project under the guidance of supervisor(s). On completion of the project the student will prepare a report for assessment by the University and the External Examiner. As part of the assessment the student will be required to present a seminar for oral assessment. Examples of typical projects: Dynamic Analysis of a PCB using finite elements Comparison of two methods of new product development Investigation of vertically mounted centrifugal compressor vibration problems. Design of an XY placement machine Design of a remote controlled data acquisition system. Embedded generation employing a wind turbine RCD protection for road lighting Wave Energy generation methods supplying a rural community Application of Neural Networks to monitor toolwear in a milling process Optimisation of a paint spray line

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Present a written plan of action whereby the project is followed to a conclusion.Demonstrate an ability to use data retrieval from relevant sources.Critically review relevant literature.Utilise relevant information/tools from all aspects of the course.Show motivation, initiative and creative thinking.Demonstrate a consistent and continuous application of effort.Collect meaningful data and to present it in an organised manner.Analyse the data in such a way that a meaningful conclusion may be reached.Recommend further work arising from the current analysis.Demonstrate a high standard of presentation skills by submitting a written document, to provide an oral account of the work and to demonstrate a knowledge of the work by answering questions during the course of the presentation.Produce a presentation poster.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Independent learning, with directed learning at the discretion of the supervisor. The projects will be industry or research based.

Indicative Reading

The students will be provided with a guidance notes and will be directed to relevant web sites, technical publications and standards. Recommended Books "Project Management"; H. Maylor, 3rd Ed, Prentice-Hall. 2003. "Technical Communication in the Age of the Internet"; M. Rose and S. Maxwell, 4th Ed. Prentice-Hall. 2002. "Pocket Guide to Technical Writing"; Wiffeiffer, 2nd Ed, Prentice-Hall, 2001.

Transferrable Skills

Project management, research, information processing, analysis of problems, problem-solving, oral and written communication, report writing, independence of learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (PT) 4.00
Lectures (FT) 4.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Independent Learning (PT) 370.00
Independent Learning (FT) 370.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 70.00 n/a Dissertation (no more 8,500 words)
Coursework 3 n/a 20.00 n/a Poster Presentation (one A0 poster)
Coursework 2 n/a 10.00 n/a Interim Report (no more than 1,500 words)