Bioengineering Group Project

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with key experience in project work, including the development of skills in project management, team work, reporting, presentations and general communication, all of which are crucial for successful future research work, and highly valued by employers. Projects are generally designed such that they enable students to apply some of the knowledge acquired in the first two years of their degree in hands-on research, but their main purpose is not a specific research outcome as such. Instead, these projects provide students with the opportunity to develop crucial research and project management skills, in order to prepare them for individual research projects in the future. Projects will not generally reflect particular individual research interests, although groups can specify a core area, and will usually be given a project in this area. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

Access the scientific and engineering literature to guide your project plan

Propose, Plan, implement and manage a research project to reach a defined goal.

Successfully organise and time manage group working on your project.

Evaluate the effectiveness of your solution

Assemble within your group competency in a variety of lab skills, design, computational modelling, and programming, required for your project.

Succinctly communicate your results to both peers and non-experts using written reports, presentations and demonstrations.

Module syllabus

Students will work on a research project in teams of about 5 to 8 students. These projects can take a variety of forms, and may focus on design, computational work, bench work, extended literature reviews, or building props used for teaching or outreach. Project work starts from the second week of Autumn term, and finishes at the end of Summer Term. Throughout the year, you are expected to work on the project for about 1.5 days (12h) per week (there are no specific dedicated days, as schedules will differ across students depending on their module choices); Autumn and Spring term reading week should largely be dedicated to project work and are followed by intermediate assessments. Project work will be full-time after summer exams. In total, you should spend about 40-60 days full time equivalent on the project, reflecting the contribution to the final year mark (33%). 

Assessments

Courseworks:

●  Literature Mind Map; 15 % weighting

●  Written report: Literature highlights; 10% weighting

●  Presentation: Project Pitch; 20% weighting

●  Written report: Group report; 40% weighting

●  Brochure pitch; 15% weighting