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Undergraduate Course: Interdisciplinary Group Design Project (Engineering) (SCEE11014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe interdisciplinary group design projects introduce students to multidisciplinary planning and design. Working in multi-disciplinary teams is an essential part of the modern engineering profession, and a multi-disciplinary group that works together as a single team is key to effectively tackling many complex engineering projects. This interdisciplinary team working is an important skill to learn, and involves harnessing the whole team to develop creative thinking, an improved understanding of other disciplines, and how to use these skills within a multidisciplinary project.

A selection of projects are available within this course, each of which requires skills from across our engineering disciplines. The different projects will be relevant to a different mix of engineering backgrounds, but all tackle a real world problem that is an emerging trend in engineering design, from the conceptual stage through to detailed design.

The course reflects rapidly emerging trends in power plant and environmental engineering allowing students to develop their ability to tackle 'real world' problems where a broad range of, sometimes competing, design requirements must be taken into account.
Course description The course may be taken by students of Civil and Environmental, Mechanical, and Electronics and Electrical Engineering. It takes the form of a multi-disciplinary design project.
The projects will be described at the start of the course. Allocations to the projects will depend on the number of students in each discipline, but you will also be able to express interest in the project you are most interested in.

The projects involve tackling competing, often contradictory design requirements. Areas of principal responsibility exist in each of the engineering disciplines, but the most effective solutions result from working as an interdisciplinary team.
The project will have a scheduled supervised session once per week, but the majority of the work will take place as self-study within your group. This is a group project, and requires working effectively within a team, rather than as an individual.
The projects offered may change from year to year, but in past years have included:

-The Passive House - Dr Julio Bros-Williamson
-Potable Water Supply - Dr Hwa Kian Chai
-Hydropower Scheme - Dr Wei Sun
-Design of Micro-Systems - Professor Rebecca Cheung, Dr Mehrdad Yaghoobi Vaighan
-Power Station with Carbon Capture and Storage - Dr Dongmin Yang
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Formative Assessment Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Work and communicate effectively within a multidisciplinary design team, and appreciate the role of the team in developing design concepts and for peer review;
  2. Develop project planning skills to effectively harness a diverse group of team members;
  3. Communicate using drawings (sketches, technical drawings, CAD), written and verbal communication;
  4. Research and apply specific technical knowledge that is required to tackling the specific design project.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEngineering design,Interdisciplinary,Group working
Course organiserDr Encarni Medina-Lopez
Tel: (0131 6)50 5642
Course secretaryMiss Mhairi Sime
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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