KB7010 - Interdisciplinary Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is the culmination of your degree programme, it provides an extended opportunity for you to bring together your specialist knowledge and skills within an industry or development based project. The first part of this project is an individual study on a thematic area and the second a team work to combine your efforts to achieve more ambitious outcomes.

You will work initially individually to progress the project from conception through literature review and methodological design. This first coursework will be a detailed Project Proposal which is assessed. The outcomes at this stage are evaluated by the teams and one proposal selected for continuation through the team stage.

This team stage will typically include activities such as:

• Team planning and management
• Detailed design of the proposed method
• Prototype fabrication or virtual system modelling
• Critical evaluation and identification of further developments

The team will produce project outcomes for assessment.

You will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate to potential future employers the breadth and depth of your ability by not only using your specialist abilities but also through the demonstration of your planning, organisational and team working skills. You will be expected to incorporate unfamiliar knowledge as well as the wider social and environmental considerations of the engineering profession.

How will I learn on this module?

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. During the first part of the project you will use your research and critical evaluation skills to investigate an engineering problem and design a methodology for continued investigation of the topic. During the second part of the project your learning will largely be through your team activities and therefore organisational tools will be provided for planning, recording and sharing through the eLP. The individual assessment will be based upon the first part of the project and assessed via the team output for the second part.

Fundamentally the process of undertaking this project provides the mechanism for experiential learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In the first part of the module you will be supported in small groups by an academic supervisor and you will have the opportunity to receive individual guidance.

During the second part of the project support for your learning will be provided by an academic supervisor who will have a weekly tutorial 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 formative use will be made of on-line self and peer assessment enabling feedback on your contribution to be given and received in an anonymous way.

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?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Formulate and verify the application of fundamental scientific principles and engineering methodologies in complex and unfamiliar situations.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO2 Demonstrate the application of research; such as evaluation, experimentation, testing and presentation of information within the context of a team project.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO3 Plan and manage an interdisciplinary team project incorporating the justification of project objectives within the wider constraints of wider commercial, ethical, social and ecological contexts.
MLO4 Evaluate, through reflection, your own learning and describe its relevance to professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

You will be assessed through both your for individual contribution (50%) and a shared team mark (50%).

The individual mark is from the first coursework (literature review and methodological design). This will address MLO 1 and partially address MLO 2 & 3.

The team mark is derived from the final project submission. This will address MLO 2, 3 & 4.

Regular feedback will be provided during the project meetings.





Module abstract

As the capstone module of the programme this module will give you the opportunity to demonstrate high level skills which will enhance your employability and prepare you for lifelong learning. You will work individually and in teams on a project from inception to completion and you will be involved in the design and production of technical solutions to a problem before delivering real 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 deal with unfamiliar knowledge and cope with the considerations which a professional engineer must take account of. You will be supported throughout by the tutor and fellow team members.

Course info

UCAS Code H304

Credits 40

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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