Module code: EEEM055

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

WANG N Dr (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework X4 MARKED ITEMS 100%

Alternative Assessment

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

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Expected prior/parallel learning:  Students necessarily take either module EEEM053 or module EEEM054 before taking this module. This module is closely coupled with the 90-Credit Extended Project. As far as is practicable, the coursework in this module relates to and complements the project work, by requiring auxiliary studies on issues relating to the project's wider context.

Module purpose:  The module introduces the students to a range of aspects of engineering professional practice which should enable them to see modern electronic engineering in a wider context, encompassing e.g. sustainability, environmental considerations, human factors, business operation. The module builds on the related Engineering and Professional Studies module that is compulsory in the preceding Semester. This module is designed to be closely coupled with the 90-Credit Standard Project. In particular, the module coursework complements the project by helping to develop the professional skills needed for successful project management.


Module aims

R&D project management

Comprehensive testing and evaluation

Wider design issues (human factors, sustainability, environment)


IP and IP protection

Commercial exploitation of R&D

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Investigate and define a problem, taking into account constraints such as environmental and sustainability limitations, health and safety and risk assessment. Gain comprehensive understanding of design processes. Ability to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in electronic engineering, and to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them.  (C,P,T,K) KCPT
Understand customer and user needs, including aesthetics, ergonomics and usability. T
Generate an innovative design and to demonstrate how established techniques of enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in electronic engineering. CP
Identify and manage cost drivers.   T
Demonstrate familiarity with the design process and the methodology of evaluating outcomes. CP
Acquire knowledge and comprehensive understanding of management and business practices. K
Evaluate risks, including commercial. P
Comprehensively understand current engineering practice and predict likely developments, as well as to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, to make sound judgements, and communicate their conclusions to specialists and nonspecialists.   CT
Demonstrate extensive understanding of a wide range of engineering materials/components.  K
Demonstrate understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.   KP
Demonstrate awareness of quality issues.   P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes the following.

Unit 1: R&D project management

            Leadership and management

            Team working

            Problem solving

            Day-to-day project management


            Progress meetings (see Project reporting below)

            Plan updating

            Conflict resolution

            Specification of interfaces

            System integration



            Testing and evaluation

                        Component testing

                        Laboratory system testing

                        User acceptance testing

Field testing

              Alpha and Beta testing,

Contract/requirements testing, acceptance testing

Unit 2: Product development 

System design principles

            Product design

            Design for re-use

EMC and Thermal constraints

Human factor




User manual

Unit 3: Commercialisation and exploitation

            Business organisation

Business governance

Business planning

            Company finance

            Market survey

Product/service marketing

            Sales infrastructure

            Commercial risk and risk management

            Exploitation plan

                        Establishing ownership of ideas

                        Exploitation routes

                        Productive partnership

IP and IP protection

IP exploitation arrangements

Unit 4: Standards/Standardisation 

Unit 5: Societal impact

            Industrial relevance



Environmental issues    

            Engineering ethics


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the specified learning outcomes by teaching the course syllabus in lectures, and by guided learning using on-line resources. The independent study will be supported by setting the coursework in the context of the 90-credit project. The assimilation of knowledge, and transferable professional skills will be acquired through course work involving four marked items. 

Learning and teaching methods include the following.

Lectures and seminars (10 hours)
On-line courses.  (30 hours)
Guided study

The student is expected to attend all the course lectures before the start of their project. The coursework will be marked against a generic marking scheme defined for each assignment.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following:

Knowledge of performance characterisation issues and ability to define system testing specification
Ability to document a designed system, and to assess wider issues such as human factors
Understanding sustainability issues and the ability to take into account.
Ability to produce a user manual
Ability to generate an exploitation plan

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following.

Comprehensive system testing specification.  (Circa 6 pages) Due Tuesday Week 4
System technical documentation with assessment of human factor and sustainability issues. (6 page maximum) Due Tuesday Week 8
User manual.  (3 page maximum) Due Tuesday Week 10
Exploitation plan. (3 page maximum)  Due Tuesday Week 12

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 meetings with his/her project supervisor
Via the marking of written reports
Via assessed coursework

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.