Module Title:Development Project
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Self-directed learning forms the basis for this module. A critical aspect of this module is the interaction between the project supervisor and the student. The supervisor will typically meet the student on a weekly basis. The supervisor will guide and assist the student in the process of planning, designing and testing his/her project.
Module Aim: To give the students the knowledge, competencies and skills to plan, implement and report on a specified electronic project.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Complete detailed research on an assigned problem/subject area.
LO2 Generate a fully resourced plan for a specified project, e.g. Gantt chart and monitor progress.
LO3 Deliver illustrated oral presentations describing project progress and overall achievements.
LO4 Design, prototype and test the project hardware and/or software (where appropriate).
LO5 Write a formal report on the project.
LO6 Understand the need for high ethical standards in the practice of engineering design, for environmental conservation and public safety.
Pre-requisite learning
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Analogue Electronic Systems or equivalent; Digital Electronic Systems or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Project Brief
Each student will be assigned a project brief, which includes the project specification & target dates The project brief will be discussed with each student to ensure that it is clearly understood. Students may propose their own breif, the suitability of which will be assessed by the project supervisors.
Project Plan
Students will be expected to develop a detailed project plan using project planning tools. (MSProject or similar)
Student will research potential solutions to the problem, compare and contrast available options: Hardware – select components,develop block diagrams, design circuits etc. Software - develop flowchart, program development etc. Students should simulate and prototype sub-circuits.
At the end of the first semester, each student will be required to make a presentation on the progress of their project up to that point. A similar presentation will be made at the end of semester 2 in which the overall achievements will be described.
Students will maintain a log of all activity throughout the period of the project.
Electronic CAD will be used to produce a printed circuit board layout. If required software will be developed using suitable development tools (where applicable). The system will be assembled.
Test & debug
The system should be tested in order to debug the system and to ensure that it meets the agreed project specification.
Final Report
Each student is required to produce a formal project report.
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Intrim progress report - multimedia presentation. 3 5.00 Sem 1 End
Project Project research & development: Project Plan, Design,Hardware/software development, simulations & prototyping. 1,2,4 35.00 n/a
Project System construction and testing: PCB Layout, assembly & final system test. 4,6 25.00 n/a
Project Multimedia presentation of final report summary 3 10.00 Sem 2 End
Project Final report 5,6 25.00 Sem 2 End
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Laboratory Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EESYS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Systems 5 Mandatory
CW_EEEEN_D Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 5 Mandatory