KB3001 - Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to engineering problems in lecture sessions along with example solution strategies. You will learn through workshop sessions and this will be the basis for you to work in groups and individually. You will learn and introduce some of the basic skills of engineering design, through basic product analysis, paper design exercises and practical "design-make-test" exercises. You will be introduced and learned practical skills which will give you a feel of real solutions. You will develop practical skills through the manufacture of simple devices. You will be introduced and learned problem solving with an emphasis on a structured approach to practical work and involve: planning and control, information retrieval and data presentation. An exercise based upon learning from the history of engineering and technology.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratories, directed and independent learning. The lectures will follow an integrated approach to learning with initial information dissemination, followed by a chance to practice the application of knowledge via laboratories. Laboratories sessions are in smaller groups and can provide a rich feedback framework based on problem based learning, where the learner can contextualise theory in practice in an appropriate laboratory session. You will be able to learn by carrying out design-make-tests, fostering teamwork in a development environment and enhancing their knowledge in the subject matter through peer engagement.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module team through scheduled lectures, seminars and workshop (laboratory) sessions. Laboratories, supported by technical staff. For effective learning in laboratory activities, it is important to question the results and linking the work performed to the theoretical study in the module lectures.
The most appropriate use of the eLearning Portal (online platform) is made in the module where the module taught content is provided along with links to both the reading list support, tutorial questions and appropriate web sites showing relation of the theory to the industrial context of the module. Additional support is provided in this module in the form of Individual contact -- students may visit the office of Lecturers/Lab tutors to ask questions related to the module outside the scheduled contact time. You will be supported through the general lecture programme and will introduce general awareness of engineering knowledge "know-what" and engineering process "know-how". In addition the encompassing nature of engineering to the modern world, through the product life cycle (conception, design, manufacture, build, operate, sustain, recycle or retire) and as part of the science and technology continuum.

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 Analyse a problem, break it down into constituent parts and recognise the knowledge required for a novel solution.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO2 Employ an interdisciplinary approach to describing the solution to design problems.
MLO3 Demonstrate the ability to plan and control the progress of group work.

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

MLO4 Recognise situations which require the application of engineering theory.
MLO5 Tackle engineering problems by "thinking and describing".

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments:
There are 2 summative assignments. 1st component will be a group work in which students have to construct a simple engineering device and test its operation. MLO1, 3,

2nd component will be an end of semester closed book exam (2.5 hours, 60% weightage) to assess student’s achievements of MLO 2, 4 and 5. The exam will cover all the theoretical content of the module and aspects of its practical application.

Formative Assessments:
Formative feedback will be provided on seminar and workshop work, e.g. on design, make and test exercises. The formative feedback is designed to help you on the progression of your knowledge and understanding.

Verbal and written formative feedback will be provided to you as appropriate during the seminars and workshop. Written feedback will be provided on the summative work according to university published guidelines.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving is about knowing the basic and essential skills to address any engineering issue. Students will be taught via diversified engineering problems and lessons learnt from real world problems using various means i.e. lectures, seminars and tutorials. Engineering design approaches, product analysis, and problem solving strategies will be covered during this year long module. These skills are very important for any 21st century design engineer.

What will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to engineering problems in lecture sessions along with example solution strategies. You will learn through workshop sessions and this will be the basis for you to work in groups and individually. You will learn and introduce some of the basic skills of engineering design, through basic product analysis, paper design exercises and practical "design-make-test" exercises. You will be introduced and learned practical skills which will give you a feel of real solutions. You will develop practical skills through the manufacture of simple devices. You will be introduced and learned problem solving with an emphasis on a structured approach to practical work and involve: planning and control, information retrieval and data presentation. An exercise based upon learning from the history of engineering and technology.

Course info

UCAS Code H3M2

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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