ACS330 Group Project
Module Description (subject to change)
This module provides students with the opportunity to work as a group on a substantial project of relevance to systems and control engineering. Students will gain practical experience of all aspects of the systems lifecycle, from problem formulation and requirements capture, through design and build activities, and subsequent verification and validation. Each project will have a synthetic customer and students must deliver within time and budget constraints. Students will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills in written and oral forms, including a practical demonstration of the system they have built. Students will also be encouraged to reflect on the individual and group contributions they are making.
Credits: 30 (Academic Year)
Restrictions: Only available to students within Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Please note that this module is exempt from the University’s General Regulations relating to Intellectual Property.
If you have any questions about the module please talk to me or one of the other teaching staff. You can contact me via email, or drop in to see me.
Other teaching staff
Dr Jonathan Aitken
By the end of the module students will be able to:
This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.
The syllabus will depend on the group project. It will typically have some level of technical difficulty involving theoretical concepts, and have a significant level of practical activity. This practical activity may involve the design, implementation and study of a concrete system such as a mobile robot.
Learning and Teaching Methods
NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.
The project is worth 30 credits and runs throughout both semesters. Students undertake a major item of work under the supervision of the module leader and/or other teaching staff. The work is reported via a requirements document, a project plan, interim report, the final project report, log book and oral presentation. In addition, the students will acquire and demonstrate a range of professional skills. Students are expected to spend a minimum of five afternoons per week for 20 weeks on the project. Typically, students spend 300 hours on the work. The students receive guidance in a number of lectures and support sessions as well technical advice by a member of the technical staff.
Learning and Teaching Materials
All teaching materials will be available via Blackboard (MOLE).
The supervisor and a second reader will independently grade the overall project. In the event of a large discrepancy in the grade, the markers will moderate the marks. The assessment will be made on the basis of requirements, project plan, interim reports, final reports, log books and the oral presentation. In addition, the assessment will take into account the professional skills and a peer assessment within the student groups. The assessment criteria are given in the marking sheets provided on Blackboard (MOLE). The general expectations are:
Quality of Work
Amount of Work
Personal Qualities and Skills Demonstrated
Performance in Oral Presentation and Questions
Technical Difficulty of Project
Intellectual Difficulty of Project
No resit is available for this module.
There are 7 support sessions for each group to provide feedback. In addition, formal feedback is provided for each of the 7 assignments (apart from the confidential peer assessment).
Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.
Dependent on project topic, and will be advised during the support sessions.