BI2SM16-Systems Design and Project Management

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Rachel McCrindle

Email: r.j.mccrindle@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
This module aims to provide students with the practical skills for planning, managing, and designing technical solutions to specific problems of the kind arising in careers associated with computer systems, technology, and engineering.

Assessable learning outcomes:
A student completing the module should be able to
- Demonstrate professional competence and transferable skills
- Define precisely a project with its factors and issues, and apply the principles of a principle method of project management
- Inquiry technical problems in a given context and adopt "best practices" in developing solutions
- Design technological solutions based on the requirements specified in the given subject domain
- Construct technical components and systems by meeting the requirements
- Validate design and construction of the solution

Additional outcomes:
The module also facilitates students to develop the systems thinking and competence in designing coherent solutions to solve technological problems.

Outline content:
The learning content are organised in the following teaching components:

Teaching component 1 - Professional Writing and Presentation (Autumn Term of Part 2)
-Features of and structure for scientific reports
-Design and deliver effective presentations
-Strategies for searching and referencing information sources

Teaching component 2 - Project Management (5 credits, Autumn Term of Part 2)
-Change Management (project management and service management, quantum change and evolution)
-PRINCE2 - an established Process Model for project management
-Human Aspects of project management - balances up the ‘person-free’ process model
-Product Based Planning - defining products; product breakdown structures; product flowgraphs and work-packages
-Risk management
-Monitoring and controlling, and closing a project

Teaching component 3 - Systems Design (15 credits, Spring Term of Part 2)
Practical-driven approach for implementing the relevant skills
-Engineering Applications - safety, physical aspects of electronic components, heat dissipation, interconnections, using power supplies, good circuit practice
-Electromagnetic interference and technical standards
-Laboratories - based learning and project
Schematic design, build and test an embedded microprocessor system - typically a mobile robot

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will take a problem-based learning approach. The lectures will introduce students the theories, concepts and underpinning principles specified in the indicative content. Students will be supervised in the practicals to apply the concepts and principles to a given problem context and develop a technical solution. The lectures, tutorials, and Lab-based practicals will enable students to inquiry the cutting-edge solutions, and critically apply the methods to design and document the resultant products.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 90 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 0
Set exercise 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Project management 25%
Engineering Applications in-class assessment 25%
Systems design technical report (group work) 50%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
•where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
•where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    None

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By resubmission or written examination for the failed component(s).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 3 February 2017

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