Module Description

This course covers the principles of project management, team working, communication, legal issues, finance, and company organisation. Working in small teams, students will go through the full project life-cycle of design, development and implementation, for a bespoke hardware project. In this course, students gain vital experience to enable them to enter the electrical-engineering workforce, with a degree backed by the British Computer Society, and by the Institute of Engineering and Technology. The module also includes a hardware-development challenge week, where students develop a piece of hardware from scratch, entirely on their own.

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.

Outline Syllabus

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.