ENG06074 2019 Multi-Disciplinary Project

General Details

Full Title
Multi-Disciplinary Project
Transcript Title
Multi-Disciplinary Project
75 %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Patrick Naughton, Marion McAfee, Tomas O Flaherty
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_EMECH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering SG_EELEC_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronics and Self Driving Technologies SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation SG_EGENE_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in General Engineering SG_EELEC_H08 202100 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Sustainability

An important component of this common first-year engineering module is aimed at introducing various engineering subjects to the learners, as well as motivating the students and introducing them to the engineering profession. The module is further characterised by a curriculum that is organised around the various engineering disciplines at IT Sligo and emphasises that engineering is about conceiving, designing, implementing and operating systems and products through a multitude of student projects, a varied learning environment, experiential and group learning.

The module also allows the learner to implement problem-solving, communication and organisational skills that they have begun to develop in their first year on engineering programmes at IT Sligo. Working together on mixed discipline projects and teams, the students will gain an appreciation for the many branches of engineering and allow them to select the appropriate engineering stream for their future studies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Design, build, test, evaluate, document and present a small prototype systems and/or products to a given specification;


Undertake personal evaluation and reflect critically on learning experiences 


Work effectively as part of a team


Communicate effectively in a professional manner


Demonstrate a clear understanding of different engineering streams 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures and practical sessions will provide guidance for the team project and learning journals, feedback for the team project, and additional information on teamwork, creativity, innovation and project management to facilitate the students learning while completing the following:

THE ICE-BREAKER: To optimise student learning for the immersive design-build-test project later in the module, this module begins with a simple practical project to introduce and emphasise the importance of several key skills, including introducing team members. This introductory exercise is scheduled for the first week of the semester.

THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT: The largest component of the module is a team-based project(s) in which students work on the design-build-test of challenging engineering problems that will emphasise the different engineering disciplines. The project will be carried out over 10 weeks of the semester, with the final week of the semester allocated to the presentation of the project(s).


Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment, which will include both group and individual project work. 

The sizing of the slice method of group assessment (Clelford & Hopkins, 20014) will be used to allocate marks to the individual members of the project group. A copy of this method of allocating marks will be given to the students at the start of the module. 

Clelford, T. & Hopkins, A., 2014. Sizing the Slice: Assessing Individual Performance in Group Projects, CEBE Funded Case Study retrieved on 5/12/2014 from http://www‑new1.heacademy.ac.uk/cebe/themes/alldisplay? type=resources&newid=casestudies/cebe/sizing_the_slice&site=cebe

THE ICE-BREAKER: The exercise is designed to contribute 10% of the marks for the module

THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT: The exercise(s) is designed to contribute 90% of the marks for the module and will be based on a number of group and individual assessments over the duration of the project.


Repeat Assessments

The learners must pass the continuous assessment elements of the module.

Where a learner or group of learners fail the project element of the module they will be required to resubmit the project again for assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Module overview, including:
    • Illustrate the roles and responsibilities of professional engineers and the people they interact with
    • Illustrate how disciplinary knowledge is applied in the solution of engineering problems;
    • Highlight appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes, essential in professional engineering
  2. Attitudes & experience survey
  3. Ice-breaker exercise
  4. Introduction to design, build test processes
  5. Sustainable development principles
  6. Teamwork, project management and planning, risk assessment, creativity during 'real world' engineering challenges

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Ice Breaker Group Report & Presentation Project Written Report/Essay 7 % Week 1 1,3,4
2 Ice Breaker Individual Report Project Written Report/Essay 3 % Week 1 2,4
3 Multidisciplinary Project(s) - Individual Engagement Project Performance Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
4 Multidisciplinary Project(s) - Group Report Project Written Report/Essay 30 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5
5 Multidisciplinary Project(s) - Group Presentation Project Written Report/Essay 20 % OnGoing 3,4,5
6 Multidisciplinary Project(s) - Individual Reflective Journal Project Written Report/Essay 20 % Week 13 2,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Engineering Laboratory Lecure/Tutorial/Group Discussion 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Group and indiviual project work 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

To be confirmed during module.

Journal Resources

To be confirmed during module.

URL Resources

To be confirmed during module.

Other Resources

To be confirmed during module.

Additional Information

To be confirmed during module.