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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 09/06/2022 09:17:18

Title of Module: Project Scheme Design

Code: ENGG11040 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Stuart  Tennant

Summary of Module

This module provides an environment in which students are exposed to a design development within a multi-disciplinary environment.  The design is presented as a logical methodology, involving processes and is coupled with innovation to guarantee quality and functionality of the completed project.  Set at level 11, it seeks to provide an environment within which areas are blended into the task of understanding and delivering overall civil engineering design schemes, within the context of infrastructure resilience & sustainability and all associated standards and values.

The content of the module includes:

Identification of the engineering problem, establishment of understanding the concept approach towards engineering scheme design; acknowledging limitations and constraints to design (physical and legislative);overall engineering systems approach towards design with a focus on critical appraisal and evaluation through decision-making matrices.

Client’s design brief, dealing with limitations and constraints, completion of desk studies and availing of specialist knowledge when developing the brief. Consideration to other aspects of the project considerations (eg: sustainability, cost, H&S, aesthetics).

Consideration of conceptual proposals and alternatives; evaluation and assessment methods and re-appraisal processes and loops; assessment of all technical requirements throughout concept proposal.

Evaluation of design proposals against requirements in order to verify outcomes of previous activities and identify issues before committing to final design. Whole life appraisals; Consideration of  independent critique review to design proposals

This module develops a number of key ‘I am UWS Graduate Attributes’. Students who complete this module will be knowledgeable, inquiring, problem solver, ethically minded, motivated, creative, collaborative and resilient.


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate creativity and conceptual decision-making when evaluating complex and diverse project criteria with a view to preparing for more extensive design skills.

L2. Develop the competence to source and retrieve information from appropriate parties and take a reasoned and structured approach towards project design brief appraisal.

L3. Demonstrate a meaningful understanding of, and practice towards, working as an effective and efficient team member, particularly within a dynamic multidisciplinary project team setting.

L4. Critically appraise multifarious and far-reaching perspectives within which designs are conceived, formulated and fully developed. This will embrace dimensions of resilience planning, sustainable development and health and safety.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrate enhanced knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of civil engineering design and the associated techniques required to complete a design project;

Utilise the appropriate skills where civil engineering design schemes can be appraised and articulate critical arguments to support a specific design decision.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

In relation to proposed design decisions, account for the economic, social,environmental and health, safety and welfare impacts of the proposed design proposal;

Proficiency in researching appropriate literature from recognised sources in order to evaluate and determine a design solution by making informed judgement of options.

Preparation of technical reports and presentations in relation to resolving problems and proposing solutions.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Critically reviewing and consolidating knowledge, skills, practices and thinking involving engineering and evaluate a range of engineering options/solutions towards meeting client requirements.

In association with risks of a technical, health & safety and commercial nature, be able to accept responsibility for these risks in relation to design decisions;

Formulate creative and innovative solutions to a range of problems by analysis of project options.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Planning and controlling complex multiple projects options using advanced project management tools and simulation.

Using appropriate computer software for written and oral presentation of design options and decisions at a level appropriate for a professional engineer.

Recording, processing, presenting and analysing data by the application of advanced theories, applied statistical methods using appropriate IT resources when considering design decisions.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrate overall competence and the ability to lead, behave with integrity, ethically and professionally in all the activities.

Applying skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others, and the effective use of general and specialised IT facilities.

Present data in several forms to both specialist and non-specialist addressees/stakeholders, taking responsibility for decisions made as an individual and as a team.

Develop and refine reflective practices.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module delivery framework is a balance of in-person events, synchronous events and asynchronous activities. The learning and teaching engagement for this module include the following; Lecture / core content delivery (24 hours), Tutorial /synchronous activity (12 hours) and Independent study (164 hours). Independent study includes the following: Courseworks, Problem Based Learning, Self-Study including consolidation week and feedback & reflection.

Regular formative feedback will address any apparent gaps that may exist in knowledge and shortcoming in the student’s approach towards their tasks. Formative feedback may take the form of question and answer sessions undertaken within lectures / core content delivery; through worked examples, design exercises, feedback on presentations and/or discussion groups in group tutorials. Additional forums include submitting coursework and receiving formative reports for feedback; comments on the tutorial/practical work during the session, response to emails and the use of online Forums on Moodle and Turnitin Gradebook for the assessments (where appropriate). Note, Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Module may be delivered in a UWS 'hybrid' mode with an 'adaptive' online assessment.

Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

A bibliography of case studies, books, Code of Practice, Journal Publications, Design Guides, Planning Policy Statements, strategic publications and web resources are referenced to the students in relation to the project brief development and the design work. These are provided from the whole range of disciplines within Civil Engineering and the Built Environment and will cover all aspects of conceptual design, standards and professional practice.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorAshwini Konanahalli
External ExaminerK Tota-Maharaj
Accreditation DetailsAccredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as a Technical MSc and meeting Further Learning requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
CW1: Development of a Project Brief for a client panel. Students will prepare and make a presentation that would include (1) Business Case, (2) Strategic Brief, (3) Initial Project Brief and (4) Individual Reflective Log. (word count: approximately 1000 words)
CW2: Poster Presentation on proposed options, where the design team will demonstrate their interpretation of the brief and the direction that they are taking in relation to decision making. This will give the client an opportunity to provide early feedback on what the design team are proposing.(word count: n/a - three A0 posters)
CW3: Group Report and Presentation on the completed Design Scheme, presentation of decisions made and defence of same in an interview setting.(word count: approximately 12000 words)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work check mark  100
Performance/ Studio work/ Placement/ WBL/ WRL assessment check mark  100

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Design/ Diagram/ Drawing/ Photograph/ Sketchcheck mark   200
Demonstrations/ Poster presentations/ Exhibitionscheck mark   100

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work  check markcheck mark400
Presentation  check markcheck mark100
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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