ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL STUDIES 2 - 2018/9

Module code: EEEM055

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 provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

WANG N Prof (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

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

Log-book

Progress meetings (see Project reporting below)

Plan updating

Conflict resolution

Specification of interfaces

System integration

Documentation

Demonstrator

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 factors

Ergonomics

Usability

Aesthetics

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

Sustainability

Inclusiveness

Environmental issues

Engineering ethics

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.

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

Module aims

  • R&D project management
  • Comprehensive testing and evaluation
  • Wider design issues (human factors, sustainability, environment)
  • Standardisation
  • IP and IP protection
  • Commercial exploitation of R&D

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 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
002 Understand customer and user needs, including aesthetics, ergonomics and usability. T
003 Generate an innovative design and to demonstrate how established techniques of enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in electronic engineering. CP
004 Identify and manage cost drivers.   T
005 Demonstrate familiarity with the design process and the methodology of evaluating outcomes. CP
006 Acquire knowledge and comprehensive understanding of management and business practices. K
007 Evaluate risks, including commercial. P
008 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
009 Demonstrate extensive understanding of a wide range of engineering materials/components.  K
010 Demonstrate understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.  
011 Demonstrate awareness of quality issues.   P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 2

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.





 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL STUDIES 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eeem055

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Computer Vision, Robotics and Machine Learning (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Computer Vision, Robotics and Machine Learning (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Communications, Networks and Software (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Mobile and Satellite Communications (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Mobile Communications Systems (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Mobile Media Communications (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
RF and Microwave Engineering (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Satellite Communications Engineering (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Space Engineering (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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 2018/9 academic year.