CE301-6-AP-CO:
Individual Capstone Project Challenge

The details
2019/20
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 20 March 2020
45
30 April 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BENGH610DA Electronic Engineering

Module description

The aim of this module is to give students an opportunity to manage a project from beginning to end under the guidance of an individual supervisor. Projects are offered by academic members of staff and cover a wide range of topics from computer science and electronic engineering. Professional development elements such as risk analysis, project management, ethics and intellectual property (IP) are embedded in the project structure.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to give students an opportunity to manage a project from beginning to end under the guidance of an individual supervisor. Projects are offered by academic members of staff and cover a wide range of topics from computer science and electronic engineering. Professional development elements such as risk analysis, project management, ethics and intellectual property (IP) are embedded in the project structure.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module students will be able to;

1. Apply an appropriate design methodology to achieve a product defined by a specification.
2. Use Gantt charts and time management techniques to plan and manage a project over a period of six months or more.
3. Locate and read references and produce summaries and critical analysis of them. Be aware of peer review as a means of the quality assurance of written work.
4. Record plans, ideas, results, and reflections in a log book as defined in the project guidebook.
5. Work as an individual to specify, design, construct and test a system to meet a project requirement.
6. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills through the writing of the initial and final report, through the midpoint second assessor oral examination, through the preparation and presentation of a poster at the Project Open Day, and by providing a working demonstration of the project product at the Presentation, Demonstration, and Oral Examination (PDO).
7. Present and discuss ideas informally with academic supervisors.
8. Plan an employability strategy in light of current knowledge regarding graduate employment.
9. Define and discuss the role of an engineer in society particularly related to professional ethics.
10. Plan and report on the aspects of risk within their specific project.
11. Explain the meaning of Intellectual Property and ways in which IP can be protected.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

This is a triple module in which individual students work under a project supervisor to produce a final product starting from a project description provided by the supervisor. Projects are allocated at the end of the second year.

Working space is provided for students and regular weekly meetings are held with supervisors. In parallel with the independent project work students receive a weekly lecture on topics in support of their project work.

Learning and teaching methods

Lecturers, Individual Project Work and Supervisor Meetings

Bibliography

  • Agile best practices and tutorials | Atlassian, https://www.atlassian.com/agile
  • Learn kanban with Jira Software | Atlassian, https://www.atlassian.com/agile/tutorials/how-to-do-kanban-with-jira-software
  • Plummer, Frederick B. (2007) Project engineering: the essential toolbox for young engineers, Amsterdam: Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier.
  • Learn scrum with Jira Software | Atlassian, https://www.atlassian.com/agile/tutorials/how-to-do-scrum-with-jira-software

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Anthony Vickers
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

 

Availability
No
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There is no financial assistance from the University for travel costs associated with work placements or live projects as part of this module.

External examiner

Dr Jeremy Ian Hiller Gow
Goldsmiths College
Lecturer
Dr Robert John Watson
University of Bath
Senior Lecturer
Dr Yunfei Chen
University of Warwick
Associate Professor
Dr Xu Wang
Heriot-Watt University
Associate Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 18 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

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