KB7016 - Interdisciplinary Group Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with the opportunity for you to bring together your specialist knowledge and skills within a realistic design project. You will work in a small team to present a plan for a civil engineering development for which you will then progress from feasibility through to final design. This module aims to offer a simulation of the experience of design work amid multi-disciplinary working environments as realised in practice. It is envisaged that you will come to realise through practice, that good design is achieved through balancing frequently conflicting requirements in order to satisfy a range of stakeholders. You will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate your specialist technical abilities but also your planning, organisational and team working skills. You will be expected to explore unfamiliar knowledge as well as the wider social and environmental considerations demanded of the engineering profession. This course provides a solid foundation in multi-disciplinary working environments (real world project), computer modelling and the finite element method. Students benefit from our new facilities including IT workshops at the highest quality.

How will I learn on this module?

A proportion of your learning will be delivered through presentations from industrialists and potential stakeholder groups pertinent to the themes of your particular project brief. This immersive learning environment will enable your learning but what you extract from this experience will be in your control. You will guided through a process of individual reflection where both what you learn and how you learn will be recorded and supported by peer and supervisor feedback. Your learning will be largely acquired through your immersion in your project team to address the project specification. Therefore organisational tools will be used for planning, recording and sharing through the eLP., providing a framework for capturing and disseminating your learning. You will be assessed for the group output through a technical report and presentation and also as an individual through a reflective learning commentary and peer assessment. The individual assessment will be based upon the process of the project and self-assessment of the learning that has taken place, this is designed to allow the groups to be innovative within an assessment scheme that supports creativity and ‘considered’ risk taking. The workshops will be used to develop your finite element skills and your ability to use a commercial software tool to generate and analyse steel or concrete or composite structures. Opportunities to visit appropriate civil engineering structures (Steel or concrete) will also be explored in order to demonstrate appropriate technological application.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support for your learning will be provided by an academic supervisor who will have a weekly seminar with each team, in addition the eLP will have a specific facility for each team where data may be securely stored, tasks managed and team specific communication organised. You will be working in a team and on-line self and peer assessment will enable feedback on your contribution to be given to assist your progress through the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Analyze a complex Civil Engineering problem to develop design criteria

2. Apply knowledge gained throughout the degree programme to date to develop solutions to specific issues within the problem

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Develop a design solution to a complex and multi-faceted Civil Engineering problem and evaluate its effectiveness against stakeholder criteria

4. Explain the chosen solution to stakeholders

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Work effectively in a team to deliver a project on time and of high quality

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through both a shared group mark (20%) and a mark for individual contribution (80%).

The group mark is derived in part from an inception report (10%) completed after two weeks of the project detailing the scope of design work required, the work flow and the division of labour between group members. This must be agreed with the module tutor prior to submission. (MLOs 1 and 5)

A further contribution to the group mark is from a group client presentation of the design outcome presented towards the end of the project (10%) (MLOs 4 and 5).

Where PECs or resubmissions affect individual students within a group, an appropriate equivalent individual assignment will be created.

The individual mark is derived from a contribution to the group design report (3500 per student in the group). This must form part of a coherent group report with the individual’s contribution clearly identified (MLOs 2, 3, 4 and 5).

Where PECs or resubmissions affect individual students within a group, the individual contribution only will need to be considered/resubmitted.

Where difficulties arise with group work the module tutor will make appropriate arrangements to ensure fairness to all students.





Module abstract

This module is culmination of your learning on the programme and will give you the opportunity to demonstrate management, business, computer modelling and technical engineering skills which will enhance your employability and prepare you as a lifelong learner as you enter your chosen profession.. You will work in teams and individually on a project from inception to completion and you will be involved in the business planning and design of a civil engineering system, presenting the critical analysis of the solution as well as showing your ability to plan, organise and work with others. The work will be challenging as you work within realistic constraints, exploring unfamiliar knowledge and address considerations which a professional engineer must take account of. You will be supported throughout by the tutor and peers.

Course info

UCAS Code H201

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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