Design Special Topic 5 ENG5026

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course focuses on the group work aimed at designing and realising complex engineering problems, proposed by academic supervisors.



One kick-off meeting followed by self-organised meetings within groups and academic supervisors.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





There is no assessment for this Module. 20 Credits are awarded for completion of the Module.

Course Aims

Aims: To develop critical awareness of issues related to the engineering design and realisation of a complex electronic product.


Objectives (skills to develop):

■ Deconstruct in block outline form the subsystem architecture of an existing example of an electronic product or device.

■ Identify appropriate critical constraints in the evolution of the design of the product; study how these constraints interact and may compete.

■ Specify a suitable subsystem or component of the product and carry out an outline design.

■ Present the result of the design and setup work to an audience.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1) Propose a solution to an engineering problem.

2) Design a prototype or formulate an approach to address the engineering problem.

3) Judge the project feasibility, plan the work activities, organise into a team and manage the teamwork.

4) Construct the working prototype or devise the approach.

5) Assess the results and present the work to the audience and stakeholders.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Requirements for the award of credits

To ensure that a student will be awarded the credits for a course, they must complete the course and reach a minimum level of attainment. This requires that a student:

■ be present at lectures, laboratories and tutorials on at least 50% of occasions at which attendance is monitored.

■ satisfactorily complete the assignments in the laboratories.

■ attend the class test (if held) and gain a nonzero mark and

■ attend the degree examination and gain a nonzero mark

Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation rates. Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.