The module is designed to provide a project based hands on teambased module with integrates the learning from other modules during the first year. The module has three key aims;
1) Provide practical engineering experience by helping students understand the nature of engineering and what engineers do, and demonstrate the relevance of other Stage 1 modules in solving real-world problems and understanding of fundamental concepts.
2) Develop personal and interpersonal skills that will prepare students for more complex product process or system building projects.
3) Motivate and excite students through collaborative practical group projects in a competitive environment.
The interactive workshops will focus on critical aspects designed to help students understand fundamental concepts in engineering and solve real-world problems in discipline specific topics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of engineering
They include basic concepts of design and manufacturing, relevant mathematical modelling, materials, and other technologies as appropriate for the projects
Prototypes will be constrained by a limited budget and students will be able to use given materials and tools (hardware and software) to realise the projects
In addition, the module establishes professional skills with supplementary lectures on; Presentation skills (Semester 1), and Technical Report Writing including searching for and referencing information (Semester 2)