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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 30/06/2022 17:11:44

Title of Module: GA - Group Project

Code: GRLA09010 SCQF Level: 9
(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:Ashwini  Konanahalli

Summary of Module

The aim of this module is to consolidate the students’ technical knowledge and understanding of civil engineering and, apply it to a design process of a hypothetical project working in groups of 4 or 5. A specific design brief will be given to the students with emphasis is placed on understanding practicality of design, creativity, team work and appropriate use of technical know-how.

The students will develop this design brief to provide a procurement method for the design and construction of their proposal. In developing a design they will use a design methodology. The groups are given information on the site of the development. They must undertake an initial project evaluation which will include an evaluation of site access, availability of services, sustainability issues, the selection of a CDM coordinator, risk assessment for Health and Safety, etc.

Within the group, students will undertake the preliminary design of the structural engineering together with detailed evaluation of the project development. A final report will be submitted in which the group will be required to submit their engineering design and project evaluation.

All the groups will undertake a verbal presentation, giving an overview of their project and will both promote and defend their design in a question and answer session held by staff and class peers.

This module will support students to develop their UWS graduate attributes, namely: Academic (critical and analytical thinking, inquiring, knowledgeable, innovation, and problem solving); Personal (effective communicator, creative, imaginative); Professional (Collaborative, research-minded, and socially responsible).

  • To undertake a design project working in a group

  • To gain some understanding of the design process

  • To apply learned skills in practical way in the areas of structural engineering, project management, architecture and/or BIM.

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. To carry out integrated design in the context of a simulated semi-rural/urban site.

L2. To work with others in a group design situation.

L3. To write an engineering type report to communicate the design and construction issues to a Client.

L4. To make a presentation to communicate the main features of a proposed development to a client.

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 9.

Demonstrate further knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of civil engineering.

Further develop the appreciation of the wider multidisciplinary engineering context and its underlying principles.

Appreciate the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting the exercise of engineering judgment.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Be able to comprehend the broad picture and thus work with an appropriate level of detail.

Possess knowledge, understanding and practical engineering skills acquired through work carried out in laboratories, through individual and group project work, through design work and through supervised work experience.

Use creativity and innovation in a practical context.
Ability to use appropriate design codes of practice and industry standards and ensure fitness for purpose for a design.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Be able to demonstrate creative and innovative ability in the synthesis of solutions and apply appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to the analysis of problems.

Ability to apply a systems approach to engineering problems through know-how of the application of the relevant technologies.

Be able to define a design problem, identify constraints and design solutions according to customer and user needs.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Further develop practical engineering skills acquired through use of computer software in design, project management and drawing.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Appreciate the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting the exercise of engineering judgment.

Work with others to develop engineering solutions.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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Learning and Teaching
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 Activity4
Asynchronous Class Activity8
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:

Dependent on project but students will use the Metric Handbook available through Construction Information Service

Students will be provided with other materials relevant to this module via the University's VLE.

(**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
External ExaminerL Supramaniam
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Project Report
Learning Log
(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
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck mark 503

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentationcheck markcheck mark check mark406

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning log check mark  101
Combined Total For All Components100% 10 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

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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