BI3GP17-Group project

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Simon Sherratt


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module is the major group project for biomedical engineering integrated masters students.

This project is for students studying for a Masters of biomedical engineering. The module aims to provide the framework for a student to manage a major piece of group project work in a professional manner in his/her subject area. Students will - demonstrate initiative and creativity in applying their skills and knowledge and experience gained from previous work in a practical, problem solving project, - develop generic, project related skills including those of project management, team working, written and verbal communication, and system presentation and demonstration - gain experience of managing a project and delivering a solution to a potential customer/supervisor as realistically as possible in an academic context.

Assessable learning outcomes:
To embrace the analytical and methodological approach of a professional. Students are set a major group project which they have to plan, design, implement, test, evaluate and present both orally and in written form. By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to:
- identify, research and synthesise literature relevant to the problem
- apply relevant techniques to systematically design a solution to a problem
- implement and/or build a suitable solution, with systematic test and evaluation
- develop a professional approach to record keeping and log-book maintenance which in turn enhances the students ability to maintain a professional development record
- demonstrate competence in producing professional standard project report
- critically appraise and reflect on their own work
- report effectively on what has been achieved and the extent to which the objectives of the project has been reached

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The ability to work in collaboration has been identified by the Engineering council as an important skill that should be taught during undergraduate education in engineering. The module will fulfill this goal which is often a requirement for engineering accreditation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be allocated a project supervisor. There will be regular meetings with academic supervisor. The onus of this module is on independent work, i.e. individuals contributing to group endeavour; project work and interaction with academic supervisor. Contact will be as a whole class, groups, and individual as necessary. Student will normally be expected to spend a least 400 hours on their project work. Selection of a group project and preparation for the group project begins in the Summer term immediately following Part 2 examinations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 10 10
Guided independent study: 190 190
Total hours by term 200 200
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 55
Project output other than dissertation 20
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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:
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Students are required to contact the module convenor to determine the specified assessment component(s). Submission of the specified assessment component(s) is due by August 31.

    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: 7 October 2019


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