Module code: ENGM001

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

WEBB RP Prof (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 5

Independent Study Hours: 285

Lecture Hours: 8

Tutorial Hours: 7

Laboratory Hours: 13

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable:  students failing this module resit the whole module in the following academic year, or may choose to leave with a BEng (Honours) Degree.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Module purpose:  This module was conceived to answer the SARTOR 3 requirement that each MEng student participates in a multi-disciplinary design activity. It involves students from Aerospace, Civil, Chemical, Electronic, Mechanical and Medical Engineering working in groups which contain at least 3, and often 4, disciplines. The projects are conceived by Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Visiting Professors from Industry (who enjoy the active support of their sponsoring organisation). It aims to emulate an intensive Industrial Design Project.




Module aims

This module aims to provide students experience of a complex design activity as a member of a multi-disciplinary design group.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Undertake a simple financial appreciation of a complex design  CPT
Undertake a complex design and integrate it with design components from other disciplines. KCPT
Communicate the components required to complete the project and how each individual design component is integrated with the others  PT
Discuss complex specifications and implement a detailed well referenced technical design KCPT
Explain their disciplines contribution to the project design to others outside of their discipline KCPT
Work with others as a member of a multidisciplinary team  KPT
Appreciate the need and risk involved in innovation  PT
Organise and participate in formal minuted project meetings. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Working in multidisciplinary groups students will undertake a design specified by the RAE Visiting Professors from industry and approved by the Academic Steering Committee which coordinates the module.

The scope and content of each design will depend on the projects undertaken


Methods of Teaching / Learning

Weekly meetings with the RAE Visiting Professor from industry and members of academic staff.

Informal meetings with other group members.

Consultation with other members of academic staff acting as subject experts

Lectures on specialist subjects e.g. Project Finance, Innovation, Research Methods etc.




Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in multi-disciplinary group project work.

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

1 An Inception Report

Marks are awarded for the clarity, structure, conciseness, quality of explanation and presentation of the report in accordance with the agreed criteria. [Assesses Learning Outcomes 2,3,4,5,6]

Weighting                  10% of project total (a group mark)

2 A Final Report

Marks are awarded for the clarity, structure, conciseness, quality of recent academic sources used in your bibliography, quality of explanation and presentation of the report in accordance with the agreed criteria. [Assesses Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6]

Weighting           5% of the project total (a group mark)

10% of the project total based on those sections of the report attributed to named individuals (an individual mark)                                   

3 An Executive Proposal

Marks are awarded for the clarity, structure, conciseness, quality of explanation and presentation of this part of the Final Report in accordance with the agreed criteria. [Assesses Learning Outcome 5]

Weighting                  5% of the project total (a group mark)

4 Engineering Judgement

Marks will be awarded for the Engineering Judgement demonstrated in the project work based on contact with the students during the course of the project, the reports submitted, the oral presentations and subsequent questions and the oral examination.  Marks will be awarded on the basis of the difficulty of the objectives set, the way in which those objectives have been met, the understanding displayed including the impact of project finance, overall rate of progress and level of initiative shown.  [Assesses Learning Outcomes 1,2,4]

Weighting                  35% of the project total (an individual mark)

5  Innovation

The Cox report defined Innovation as the successful exploitation of new ideas. It is the process that carries them through to new products, new services, new ways of running the business or even new ways of doing business. Innovation can be applied in different ways through changes to a product or service already being offered; changes to the process through which products are created; changes in the context in which a product is used; and changes in the perspective of an organisation’s activities (eg low cost airlines, google, facebook etc.). With all innovation comes risk. Marks will be awarded for a risk analysis demonstrating that the group understands the risks that are associated with the design they are proposing. [Assesses Learning Outcome 7]

Weighting                  5% of the project total (a group mark)

6 Research Skills/Referencing

Marks will be awarded depending upon the quality and appropriateness of the references you use as well as the style of referencing you adopt which should be in line with the library recommendations. [Assesses Learning Outcomes 4]

Weighting                  5% of the project total (an individual mark)

7 Oral Presentation

Marks are awarded for the use of the voice, the pace and timing of the presentation, the body language, the presentation introduction and conclusion, the planning and content, the linking between speakers, the quality of visual aids, the use of the visual aids and the overall impression created. [Assesses Learning Outcomes 3,5]

Weighting                  5% of the project total (a group mark)

8 Poster Presentation

This element of assessment is the production of an A0 poster for which marks are awarded for quality, structure, content, clarity and presentation.  In particular the marker will be looking at the story told by the poster (is it a visual abstract of the project?), the visual appeal, the overall design and layout and the mix of pictures/charts/graphs and text. [Assesses Learning Outcomes 3,5]

Weighting                  5% of project total (a group mark)

9 Project Management

Marks will be awarded for the use, upkeep and production of good project management tools during the project. Milestones and deliverables should be assigned and reviewed as a part of the project meetings. The group’s ability to keep the project management tool up to date and neither be hampered by it nor ignore it will be evaluated. [Assesses Learning Outcomes 2,6,8]

Weighting                  5% of project total (a group mark)

10 Communication and Team-working Skills

Marks will be awarded for each students communication and team-working skills (preparation, clarity of expression, eye contact, use of visual aids, ability to respond to questions, confidence, support of team members, contribution to team discussions etc.) as exhibited during group meetings, the oral presentations and oral exam. This is recorded each week by mutual agreement of the tutors and Visiting Professor. [Assesses Learning Outcomes 3,4,5,6,8]

Weighting                  10% of project total (an individual mark)

Allocation of Group Marks

The supervisors award a single mark for each element of the assessment.  When the mark is awarded to the group the mark awarded to each student will be this mark multiplied by an individual weighting factor reflecting both the supervisory staffs’ and the group members’ views of each student's input to the group activity. The weighting factors will be calculated using a confidential response form completed by each group member and submitted to Professor Webb before the Poster Presentation.  

Formative assessment and feedback

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

Formative assessment is provided from interaction at the formal weekly group meetings where progress by each of the students is discussed.
Two of the meetings (in weeks 4 and 8) are undertaken with each student in isolation, in order to provide individual feedback to the student on his/her progress and receive feedback from the students on their own opinions of progress.
Extensive written and oral feedback is provided on the Inception Report at around week 5/6.


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