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MECH8021 - Mechanical Capstone Project

Title:Mechanical Capstone Project
Long Title:Mechanical Capstone Project
Module Code:MECH8021
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Description: This module develops within the learner the knowledge, know-how and skills, and competences required to successfully complete a project in accordance with an agreed plan. The module requires the learner to develop, implement and critically assess a detailed methodology to address a defined problem within a prescribed timeframe. The learner is expected to work under the guidance of a project supervisor and to communicate the process and outcomes of their work in a style and manner appropriate for professional practioners in the discipline.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Display initiative, analysis and problem solving skills in developing a detailed, viable methodology for addressing an open-ended problem or project
LO2 Develop a prototype or conduct a feasibility study of the proposed methodology
LO3 Systematically review and adapt the design during implementation in response to practical, real-world constraints
LO4 Critically assess the outcome against, among other things, appropriate design, safety, commercial and ethical criteria
LO5 Demonstrate the appropriate written or oral communication skills required of the professional practitioner.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Project Development
General Supervised self-directed learning that addresses the learning outcomes specified for the module and which draws on the curriculum content as a whole.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Oral Examination/Interview Project review 1,3,4,5 10.0 Week 7
Exhibition Evaluation Exhibit to the general public,peers and industry 1,2,3,5 15.0 Week 10
Written Report Comprehensive Professional Report detailing the project objectives, outcomes and recommendations. 1,2,3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
Performance Evaluation Mark associated with initiative, decision making,application 1,4,5 15.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Project Development 13.5 Every Week 13.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Supervisor Meetings 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Stella Cottrell 2011, Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument, 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 0230285295]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bryan Greetham 2019, How to Write your Undergraduate Dissertation, 3rd Ed., Red Globe Press, Macmillan Study Skills [ISBN: 1352005220]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBIOM_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering 8 Mandatory
CR_EMECH_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 8 Mandatory
CR_EMESY_8 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Systems 2 Mandatory

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