KB6031 - Integrated Group Design Project

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What will I learn on this module?

Your learning on this module will start from a client brief for a project, which will be based on a real project undertaken recently. The brief will be communicated in a realistic manner through correspondence and role-play client meetings.

In groups, you will explore the meaning of the brief and the business relationship with the client, develop a design team and key objectives and milestones and then work on options for the technical solution of the problem, considering factors such as cost, required construction technology and techniques, sustainability issues, health, safety and design risk management and the requirements for the business success of the different parties involved.

At all stages in the module you will engage in reflective consideration of your learning which will be inspired by other design and construction examples taken from industry.

How will I learn on this module?

An initial short lecture series will present the project brief and supporting documentation and will assist students in identifying the problem parameters and beginning to consider solutions. This will be supported by visiting lecturers from industry, who will discuss their involvement in the design process.

Thereafter students will work in groups to formulate design options and choose a final solution, this process being supported by weekly seminar sessions with the opportunity to work together, discuss issues with staff and to hear short presentations on issues of relevance to all groups where these arise.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support will be in the form of staff presence in lectures seminar sessions, providing feedback and clarification on individual contributions and group work.

Written and verbal feedback will be provided on the coursework submissions.

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. Analyse a design brief in order to identify project objectives and capture its requirements.

2. Identify a suitable engineering design approach to a complex civil engineering problem and apply the approach to carry out the design.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Demonstrate an ability to work in teams and evaluate, through reflection on the experience, the lessons learnt.

4. Apply learning from relevant subject disciplines explored through the degree programme.

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

5. Integrate relevant health, safety, project risk and sustainability issues in a design solution.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by means of a group presentation delivered after approximately four weeks of the module in which your group will demonstrate the ability to capture the design brief and identify the various issues and constraints which will affect the final design solution. This will assess MLOs 1-5.

At the beginning of semester 2 you will submit an individual report detailing your individual contribution to group activities and some reflection on your learning during the module. This will assess MLOs 3, 4 and 5.

At the end of the module you will prepare a report on your final design including text, calculations and drawings of your final solution together with a design risk register and outline method statement for its implementation. This will be an individual report on your contribution to the group design. The individual reports taken together will form a coherent group report. This will again assess MLOs 1-5.





Module abstract

Design is central to the role of the civil engineer. In your career you will be involved in designing civil engineering projects to improve human life, economic performance and the environment and an appreciation of all the processes involved in design is central to your employability. This module allows you to gain an understanding of the complete process of design in the context of a realistic project encompassing a range of different disciplines within civil engineering, and considering technical, social and business factors linked with creating civil engineering designs. Completing the module will allow you to fit rapidly into design teams in civil engineering consultancies or contracting organizations upon graduation.

Course info

UCAS Code H200

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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