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4006ME Engineering Problem Solving Introduction to the Module
Staff Information <ul><li>Dr Andi Cunningham </li></ul><ul><li>Rm. 2.31 </li></ul><ul><li>Email –  [email_address] </li></...
First year is about having a good time, I only need 40%, It doesn't really count. <ul><li>Strongly Agree </li></ul><ul><li...
I will be able to pass this module if I......... <ul><li>Attend lectures, do nothing else </li></ul><ul><li>Attend lecture...
Design an alien pet..... <ul><li>Take five minutes, as a group imagine you are visiting an alien planet. </li></ul><ul><li...
MODULE GUIDE <ul><li>Getting to know your: </li></ul>
Learning Outcomes of this module <ul><li>Effectively work in a team to solve an engineering problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Use...
Lecture Plan Note all week numbers are consistent with the University calendar. Week Beginning Academic Calendar Semester ...
Assessment <ul><li>Problem Solving Portfolio – 60% of final module mark – hand in date  Friday 18 th  November </li></ul><...
Colander You Are Here
What do I expect of you? <ul><li>Attendance at all sessions is really important. </li></ul><ul><li>Email and Blackboard is...
What do I expect of you? <ul><li>Independent learning – please make every effort to take part in all of the tasks set both...
What do you expect from me?
Blackboard <ul><li>Black board will be used throughout the problem solving module. </li></ul><ul><li>It is imperative that...
Mentors <ul><li>Each group will be assigned a student or staff mentor. The purpose of the mentors is to give help and guid...
Are you fixated? Fixated Non-Fixated
IMechE Design Challenge <ul><li>This year the competition is to build a repeatable ‘vehicle’. The ‘vehicle’ can be any mov...
IMechE Design Challenge
IMechE Design Challenge <ul><li>Prizes </li></ul><ul><li>The three teams whose vehicles are able to return most closely to...
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Lecture 1 introduction to the module

  1. 1. 4006ME Engineering Problem Solving Introduction to the Module
  2. 2. Staff Information <ul><li>Dr Andi Cunningham </li></ul><ul><li>Rm. 2.31 </li></ul><ul><li>Email – [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Tel – 0151-231-2378 </li></ul><ul><li>Availability – Email for an appointment. Otherwise Friday is open door day! </li></ul>
  3. 3. First year is about having a good time, I only need 40%, It doesn't really count. <ul><li>Strongly Agree </li></ul><ul><li>Agree </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Disagree </li></ul><ul><li>Strongly Disagree </li></ul>
  4. 4. I will be able to pass this module if I......... <ul><li>Attend lectures, do nothing else </li></ul><ul><li>Attend lectures, ignore my team solve it myself </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t attend lectures, play rugby instead </li></ul><ul><li>Attend lectures, work both with my team and independently </li></ul>
  5. 5. Design an alien pet..... <ul><li>Take five minutes, as a group imagine you are visiting an alien planet. </li></ul><ul><li>What type of pets will these aliens have, discuss as a group and draw a quick sketch of your alien pet. </li></ul>
  6. 6. MODULE GUIDE <ul><li>Getting to know your: </li></ul>
  7. 7. Learning Outcomes of this module <ul><li>Effectively work in a team to solve an engineering problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Use tools and techniques to correctly identify and define the real problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Use creative tools and techniques to maximise the generation of solutions to a problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop algorithms to help identify problems and determine the order in which to tackle them and implement solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate a solution in terms of its ethics, safety and environmental impact. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lecture Plan Note all week numbers are consistent with the University calendar. Week Beginning Academic Calendar Semester One 19/09/11 Week 1 Welcome Week 26/09/11 Week 2 Induction Week 03/10/11 Week 3 Introduction to the Module – The IMechE Challenge 10/10/11 Week 4 Problem Solving Techniques and Strategies 17/10/11 Week 5 Introduction to Mechatronics 24/10/11 Week 6 Group Work – Design Challenge 01/11/11 Week 7 Mechanical Solutions and Mechanisms for Energy Storage 07/11/11 Week 8 DESIGN WEEK – NO TEACHING 14/11/11 Week 9 Concept Appraisal and Selection 21/11/11 Week 10 Group Work – Design Challenge 28/11/11 Week 11 Group Work – Design Challenge 05/12/11 Week 12 Effective Presentations 12/12/11 Week 13 Group Presentations
  9. 9. Assessment <ul><li>Problem Solving Portfolio – 60% of final module mark – hand in date Friday 18 th November </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of Problem Solution – 40% of final module mark – Presentation day Wednesday 14 th December </li></ul>
  10. 10. Colander You Are Here
  11. 11. What do I expect of you? <ul><li>Attendance at all sessions is really important. </li></ul><ul><li>Email and Blackboard is the most frequent form of communication and it is important that you check this every day. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What do I expect of you? <ul><li>Independent learning – please make every effort to take part in all of the tasks set both in class and outside of the more formal setting. </li></ul><ul><li>In order to succeed in this module you will need to work effectively as a group. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What do you expect from me?
  14. 14. Blackboard <ul><li>Black board will be used throughout the problem solving module. </li></ul><ul><li>It is imperative that you make sure that you are enrolled on the module through the Blackboard site. </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Assessments </li></ul>
  15. 15. Mentors <ul><li>Each group will be assigned a student or staff mentor. The purpose of the mentors is to give help and guidance to the group during the problem solving process. You should meet with your mentor on a weekly basis and be prepared to discuss your progress since the last meeting as well as any problems that you have had. </li></ul><ul><li>It should be noted that it is not your mentor’s job to do any of the work required for you. Mentors will also be unable to influence or change any marks or assessments during the module. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Are you fixated? Fixated Non-Fixated
  17. 17. IMechE Design Challenge <ul><li>This year the competition is to build a repeatable ‘vehicle’. The ‘vehicle’ can be any movable device - wheeled, walking, sliding, jumping, rolling or other. It must move from a point on a flat surface to touch a wall placed at right angles to the point and then return to stop as close as possible to the start point. The vehicle can be started manually but once it has started no interference or outside control is allowed. </li></ul>
  18. 18. IMechE Design Challenge
  19. 19. IMechE Design Challenge <ul><li>Prizes </li></ul><ul><li>The three teams whose vehicles are able to return most closely to the starting point in the competition final will win prizes of: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1st prize: £500 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2nd prize: £300 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3rd prize: £200 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The winning team’s institution shall be awarded a trophy by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, for safe keeping for one year or until the next Challenge, whichever comes first. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The team judged to have produced the best poster will win a prize of £100. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The team judged to have given the best presentation will win a prize of £100. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Certificates will be awarded to all winning students and to the winning institute. </li></ul>

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