Module code: EEE3035

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

CAREY JD Dr (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 34

Lecture Hours: 20

Laboratory Hours: 24

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview


Expected prior learning: This module is a follow-up to some of the core professional-development activities in Year 2.

Module purpose:  This module is a professional-development module that is compulsory on all UG Programmes. The module provides students with competences and hands-on experience of professional practice in modern electronic and electrical engineering. It aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the processes involved in engineering design and practice, as well as develop relevant professional skills. This module equips students with experience of independent and group based work, project management and leadership, while addressing core aspects of modern engineering, such as sustainability, engineering ethics and intellectual property.

The module’s focus is a student-driven team-based product-design project that applies skills and practices addressed in the syllabus. In addition, it provides a skillset for successful management of individual projects, in particular the Year 3 project, and future group projects, such as the multi-disciplinary design project in MEng Year 4.


Module aims

This module aims to provide students with skills and experience critical to modern engineering through hands-on product design, implementation and presentation in a team-based context. Not only will the module offer students an exciting, innovative and collaborative project that materializes their own ideas, but it will also develop them as future leaders, designers and real engineering professionals.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Apply basic leadership and project management methods to the group-based product design project.   PT
Describe the development, design and implementation of the designed product in written and oral form.   PT
Explain the basic methods of system design, design for sustainability and user-centred design PT
Apply introduced methods in the group-based product-design project. CP
Create innovative solutions to a given set of design requirements. CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content



Engineering practice

Professional Skills

System design

Design for sustainability

User-centred design

Interaction design


Engineering ethics

Intellectual property



Project management

Team work

Technical communication

The taught part of the module will focus on three topics in modern engineering practice: leadership, sustainability and the process of design. These studies provide an introduction to a group design-and-build project that forms the second part of the module.

An intensive 2-day leadership course delivered at the beginning of the module builds on foundations laid by the leadership course delivered in Year 2 by the Evolve-lead team. Successful team dynamics are often a critical (but sometimes hidden) part of a successful group project. This Year 3 leadership course provides a further introduction to thinking about team dynamics and team leadership, and aims to inform your experience of working in a team during the group project. It will cover the following topics.

The Thinking Environment
Approaches to Leadership
Functional Leadership
Needs and responsibilities
What should research-and-development (R&D) team leaders do?
Effective meetings

Sustainability lectures will be delivered by academics from the Centre for Environmental Studies and will cover the following topics:

Sustainable Development and environmental policy
Triple bottom-line; carbon costing and pollution control
Corporate strategies and Corporate Social responsibility
Design for Sustainability
Life Cycle Management; Manufacturing, Supply Chains and End-of-Life

Design methodologies will be introduced by a series of lectures, and then applied in an interactive student-led design workshop. The workshop will result in seed ideas that will be developed by each group into its own "design brief" document, which will be assessed. Methods covered in the lectures are:

Principles of system design
Boehm’s spiral model
User-centred design
Interaction design
Prototyping and sketching
Usability testing

The ideas-into-practice part of the module involves real implementation of a project idea in the laboratories, working in a small team. Your team activities will be mentored by academics experienced in project supervision, team-work and industrial projects. In addition to the design brief, students will be assessed through a group project report and a group project presentation, both of which involve group assessment and individual assessment. The group-project presentation takes place on a project presentations day where all students showcase their innovative products to all their colleagues and supervisors.


Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims.

Help develop students as engineering professionals
Develop independent research, design and development skills
Develop leadership and team working skills
Develop professional communication skills

Learning and teaching methods include the following:

Lectures (9h taught)
Design workshop (3h)
Leadership short course (12h)
Laboratories (10h supervised)
Independent learning (10h)
Group work (100h)



Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge described in the learning outcomes. The design brief will assess the innovation and the design methods applied in the specification of the group project. The project report will assess the teamwork, leadership, design and implementation, as well as the written communication skills as presented in the report by both group and each individual. The presentation will assess the quality of the finalised product, technical achievements and presentation skills of both group and each individual.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Design brief: concise project design brief (Week 5)

·         Project report: technical report of project achievements (Week 12)

·         Project presentation: oral presentation and demonstration of implemented product (Week 15)


These deadlines are indicative. For confirmation of exact dates and times, please check the Departmental assessment calendar issued to you.


Formative assessment and feedback

For the module, students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways.

·         During lectures, by question and answer sessions

·         During interactive workshops and short course

·         During supervised laboratory sessions

·         During meetings with his/her project supervisor

         ·          Via the marking of written reports


Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.