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Design, Construction & Test - ELE00040I

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Martin Robinson
  • Credit value: 15 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

The aim of this module is to work in groups to develop a practical electronic product such as a multimeter using analogue design and an embedded ARM processor.

Module will run

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

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To build on the Year 1 Engineering Design project module and further develop student skills in group project working. In particular, students will work in groups on a product involving hardware and software using embedded processors.

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in summarising and showing understanding of information from reliable sources and technical writing
  • To develop skills in gathering information from reliable sources and constructing technical presentations
  • To consolidate skills in team­working, research, business practice, environmental impact of technology, engineering design and project management
  • To extend the students existing knowledge and introduce students to further skills they will need in a typical engineering project: the main areas of skill that will be covered include the analysis and synthesis in a technical requirements context to produce a project plan, application of knowledge to practice using project management tools/techniques, planning and time management, project design and management, technical report writing skills, team working, and development of practical skills in hardware and software through design of a product using embedded processors.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand how to design a product for testability, and the practical limitations of testing new products (L2)
  • Know, understand, analyse and apply appropriate processes in waste management, climate change and use of alternative energies (L1 to L4)
  • Be familiar with techniques for sustainable design including disposal and/or re­use of electronic materials (L4/5)
  • Understand the issues of designing for manufacture, including supply chains, production engineering, and the use of appropriate processes for production and control (quality assurance)
  • Be able to create a detailed project requirements specification from the client requirements, including a work breakdown structure with activity durations and GANTT charts
  • Have experience of the use of embedded processors, low power design and integration of hardware, including component selection and tolerance issues
  • Have gained practical experience of analogue and digital design including system ­level low power design
  • [The L number in brackets above indicates the level as described in Bloom’s taxonomy]
  • Have developed skills in software design in embedded systems
  • Have developed skills in hardware design in products and integration with embedded processor

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to summarise and show understanding in technical reports based on information selected from a variety of reliable sources, to a specified audience
  • Be able to design and deliver presentations from information selected from a variety of reliable sources, to a specified audience
  • Be aware of learning preferences
  • Have developed knowledge of project management practice
  • Have developed team working skills

Module content

The coursework assignment will comprise individual and group components.


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. 

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