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Engineering Design - ELE00027C

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Noel Jackson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

Teamwork, combined with engineering design skills, is a vital part of being an engineer. In teams you will create a new device that might be an electronic game, some form of personal aid, a musical instrument etc. along with marketing material for the product. Throughout this process you will develop skills and knowledge in team working, analysis, design, problem solving and idea creation, and your ability to design and construct a real product to feasibility study level.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce students to the typical skills needed in group project working whilst designing and building an engineering solution to a technical specification
  • To develop general learning skills in team­working, research, business practice,intellectual property, impact of technology on society, ethics and project management

Graduate skills aims:

  • To establish fundamental skills in gathering and presenting information from reliable sources and technical writing, recognising issues of plagiarism and collusion
  • To develop the transferable skills typically used in the engineering industry through group working that involves use of management tools and techniques that will be supported through lectures
  • To provide experience in subject analysis and synthesis in a technical requirements context, application of knowledge to practice, planning and time management, project design and management, basic team working, research processes, and understanding of ethical working practices
  • To provide knowledge of the basics of project management, including project requirements specifications, work breakdown structures and risk management (L3/4)

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand the technical and also practical impacts of the engineering design of new products on society (L2)
  • Know the best methods of learning about design and implementation of products in an engineering environment (L1/2)
  • Be able to apply their core technical and engineering learning during the year to a project scenario demonstrating key transferable skills (L3)
  • Know, understand and be able to apply the correct ethical behaviours at an individual and institutional level (L1/2/3)
  • Understand the need for safe working practices alongside security of information and intellectual property thus protecting business continuity (L2)
  • [The L number in brackets above indicates the level as described in Bloom’s taxonomy]

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to produce a video explaining technical project to a general audience
  • Be able to construct basic technical reports and identify reliable sources of information, recognising issues of plagiarism and collusion
  • Have developed a knowledge of project management practice
  • Appreciate basic team working skills
  • Be able to create an outline project requirements specification, a work breakdown structure with outline timescales and a basic risk register


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

Notes and readings will be provided in class.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.