Team Project Challenge (WBL)

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
29 July 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGH610DA Electronic Engineering

Module description

This module is designed to develop a range of professional skills of students using a team project as the vehicle. The project will be set by an Industrial partner. Each student will work on a project within their team given a set of attributes that the project must contain as specified by the Industrial supervisor.

The projects are industrially based and incorporate the concepts of specifications, design, and implementation. Within the project, students will learn about sustainability, project and time management, design, legal issues, health and safety, data analysis and presentation, team reporting, and self evaluation.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

. to provide students with an understanding of the computing and related industries;
. to further develop the skills that are fundamental to a successful career;
. to work in a team to carry out a project.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Describe the processes involved in project management and produce a project management plan.
2. Use project management tools and techniques.
3. Explain and justify their team's finished product.
4. Report and reflect on their individual contribution to the team's effort.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of professional, legal and ethical issues that affect the work of professionals in their discipline.
6. Demonstrate the ability to research and use system development tools.
7. Produce a Curriculum Vitae, and cover letter.

Module information


The module consists of two parallel strands:

The major strand will consist of team project, which will be based on a simple but realistic development scenario chosen to maximise the students' experience within a collaborative group environment.

The project will be on a topic directly relevant to the students' degree course and will typically involve developing a product through the specification and design stages.

The second strand consists of a series of professional development lectures including topics such as project management, legal and ethical issues, accounting, entrepreneurship, communication skills (including change management), project-risk analysis and control, and careers guidance.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, laboratory sessions and classes


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Individual Challenge - Wk 16    20% 
Coursework   Team Presentation - Wk 25    8% 
Coursework   Group MVP    16% 
Coursework   Group Final Project    40% 
Coursework   Reflective Statement    16% 
Exam  180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Anthony Vickers, email: vicka@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Anthony Vickers, Professor Reinhold Scherer, Dr Shoaib Jameel
School office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Iain Phillips
Loughborough University
Available via Moodle
Of 692 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
692 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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