SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMH306621
Module Leader Andrew Cowell
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

A level of knowledge equivalent to the PgD Mechanical Engineering (Design) or PgD Mechanical Engineering (Manufacture)

Summary of Content

The project acts as a vehicle for extending the knowledge and understanding of the student and the technical community in some specialist area. It serves, through its length, complexity and rigour, as a suitable vehicle for extending, in the student, a range of personal, interpersonal and communication skills. In addition, it serves to develop and extend a range of high-level 'thinking' skills, including analysing and synthesising skills and affords the opportunity for the student to demonstrate initiative and creativity in a major piece of technological work.


Not applicable. However, project must be a suitable vehicle for satisfying all learning outcomes detailed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:* Integrate, evaluate and apply knowledge from all aspects of the programme and elsewhere to the solution of complex problems;* Demonstrate motivation, initiative, analytical and critical evaluation skills and creative thinking;* Demonstrate project planning, management, time management and decision making;* Demonstrate effective oral and written and electronic communication skills* Illustrate the use of data retrieval from relevant sources;* Interact with others to achieve a solution to a complex technological problems;* Carry out a project independently.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. Learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of directed learning, mentoring and independent learning. The student will be allocated a supervisor to provide advice and guidance with regards to administrative, procedural and approach issues. The student will be issued with a Project Handbook and directed reading from the allocated supervisor. Additional support in academic writing and literature searching skills will be provided to the students to assist in the writing of their final thesis. Feedback will be provided to students at weekly meetings, at the Interim Report stage and additionally from an independent marker during their Oral Presentation, which will be held prior to the final report submission. The documentation for the module, including but not limited to the Project Handbook and a guide to Project Proposals are given on GCU Learn. Where appropriate specialist software is made available in laboratories with enhanced software to improve the student experience, but is also made available campus-wide for flexible learning opportunities through the Application Jukebox software. In the first instance, it is envisaged that full-time students will carry out the project in industry. However, academic staff will allocate projects based on research, development and consultancy expertise which can be carried out in the University. Part-time students will complete the project in their workplace. All of these options will ensure that the student is exposed to real world problems, and thereby understand the challenges provided as part of this process.

Indicative Reading

Indicative reading, which will include reading specific to the project topic, will be provided by the academic supervisor when the project has been allocated.

Transferrable Skills

b7 Specialist knowledge and application. b7 Critical thinking and problem solving. b7 Critical analysis. b7 Communication skills, written, oral and listening. b7 Numeracy. b7 Effective Information retrieval and research skills. b7 Computer literacy. b7 Self-confidence, self-discipline & self-reliance (independent working). b7 Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. b7 Creativity, innovation & independent thinking. b7 Knowledge of international affairs. b7 Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness b7 Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). b7 Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership. b7 Presentation skills. b7 Commercial awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 500.00
Assessment (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 70.00 45% Project Report (15000 words)
Coursework 3 0.50 15.00 45% Oral Presentation (25 min)
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 45% Interim Report (1500 words)