Module – Group Project

FHEQ Level: Level 5 (Second Year)
Credits: 20
Module Code: F300 20045
Course Reference Number (CRN): 59413
Delivery: January Start, Trimester 2 (Short Fat)

Syllabus Outline

• You will be taught the use of CAD/CAM software in the context and development of complex scientific parts and models.
• The importance of using automatic data collection methods via the interfacing of sensors to collect and analyse data will be taught. You will be taught to construct simple circuits and to write appropriate software to allow data collection.
• You will work in groups on a physics based design, build and demonstrate exercise. Feedback will be done throughout the trimester based on observation of the group in action. Assessment will be based on a written report and an oral presentation of the work.


Coursework: CAD and interfacing exercises, 30%
Coursework: Group Project (report and presentation), 3000 words + 20 mins, 70%
More detailed information may be found in the Assessments section.



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This module is designed to bring together important aspects that are related to physics-based project work. You will be taught the use of: CAD/CAM software in the context of design and development of complex scientific parts and models; how to construct simple sensor circuits and write interface software allowing automatic data collection; experimental design and construction, incorporating the CAD/CAM and interface skills, time management, teamwork and written/oral presentation skills via a group project.


1. You will be introduced to methods of interfacing sensors to computers and the computer control of experiments.
2. You will develop further Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture software skills allowing you to design and construct complex 3D models.
3. You will develop planning, time management and team-work skills within the context of a group project.
4. You will develop good report writing and presentation skills.

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Interface computers to experiments to take data and control simple experiments.
2. Design and produce complex 3 dimensional parts and models.
3. Become aware of the factors that are important in effective team-based project work.
4. Demonstrate communication through written material and oral presentations.
5. Demonstrate problem solving skills.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

This practical-based course brings together three important areas relating to team based project work:

• computer aided design/manufacture – how the physical parts of an experiment are designed and made;
• computer interfacing aspect – how to construct simple circuits that allow the monitoring and recording of experimental data;
• the final group project work – bringing together the CAD/CAM and interfacing work in the design of a team led project.

Each of the above will include formative assessments to access the student performance and to allow individual feedback and help. Summative assessments will take place at the end of each phase, one for each of the above.