SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHK202935
Module Leader Krystyna Curtis
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Satisfactory completion of level 3 modules for BEng Building Services Engineering or equivalent

Summary of Content

The project is a substantial piece of design or research work on a building services theme. Students will undertake the majority of the project at their place of work, but will be allocated an hour a week throughout two semesters for using university facilities or for consultation with their supervisors. The project should, in most cases, integrate material taught on the programme. Students can select their project between the end of year 3 and the start of year 4 of the programme. Students must complete their project and give an oral presentation in the August of the final year of the programme. This gives 4 additional months for work on the project after the completion of final year taught modules.


A syllabus is not appropriate, but the following discussion has been included: The class, in the semester before the project commences, is given a presentation by the project co-ordinator outlining the aim of the project, how to choose a topic for study, how to execute the practical work for the project, how to write a report and the requirements for the talk. Each student is then asked to give a brief synopsis of the area of study in which he or she is interested in completing a project. Depending on the interests of the student, this may vary from the general to the specific. Any student who is unable to do this is counselled, and project suggestions made. The co-ordinator then allocates the student to a member of staff as project supervisor, who in discussion with the student agrees the detail of the project to be undertaken. The student writes a full synopsis of the project and agrees a timetable of work.

Learning Outcomes

The Engineering Benchmarks A1,A2,A3,A4,A5,A6,B1,B2,B3,B4,B5,B6,B7,C1,C2,C3,C4,C5,C6,D1,D5 and D8 as specified in the BEng Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Document apply to this module.On completion of this module the student should be able to:- Write a project specification and formulate a plan to complete the project (A2,A4,A5,B2,B3,C1)- Complete a feasability study to show that the plan will meet the given specification (A1,A2,A3,A4,B1,B2,B3,B4,B6,C1)- Execute the plan to meet the given specification (A4,A6,B4,B5,B6,C2,C3,C4,C5,C6)- Submit a technical report on the work carried out (A1,A2,A4,B1,B5,B7)- Give an oral presentation of the work carried out (D1,D5,D8)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The student projects will be predominantly work-place based, however, if in some instances this is not possible, university laboratory facilities may be made available. Each student will be allocated a project supervisor. Although the project does not involve formal teaching (apart from a few seminars) it is essential for the success of the project that the student maintains close contact with his supervisor. To make this possible, and to permit the student to use university facilities, one hour a week for both final year semesters will be set aside for project work. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

No specific reading list is recommended. The most appropriate books will depend on the project subject area.

Transferrable Skills

The Engineering Benchmarks for transferable skills D1,D2,D3,D4,D6 and D8 as specified in the BEng Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Document apply to this module. The project provides an extremely useful vehicle for integrating material on the BEng course. The supervisor should encourage the student to view the project in the widest context, highlighting the relevance to all facets of the building services industry. The student should develop his/her ability: - to plan a programme of work (D1) - to work to a set of self-imposed deadlines (D8) - to research background material and to identify the relevance of the project in relation to published material (D1,D2,D6) - to manage resources to enable the project to progress efficiently towards completion (D8) - to conduct experimental and developmental work (D1,D2,D3,D4,D6,D8) - to write a formal report (D1,D3,D4,D5,D8) - to give a formal presentation (D1,D5,D8)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 172.00
Assessment (PT) 100.00
Practicals (PT) 100.00
Seminars (PT) 4.00
Tutorials (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 0.00 20.00 n/a Final poster presentation
Coursework 0.00 65.00 n/a Final report
Exam (School) 0.00 10.00 n/a Interim assessment
Coursework 0.00 5.00 n/a Progress report forms