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BTC302 Project Brief

  1. 1. Programme BSc Broadcast Technology PROJECT BRIEF Engineering Project 100% of a 30 credit Project Title Project Value unit Unit Title Engineering Project Unit Code BTC302 Level 3; Terms 1, 2 & 3 Assignment PRO Level/Term Code Submission Wednesday 26th May 2010 29th September 2009 Date of Issue Date Unit Leader James Uren James Uren Project Leader Martin Uren and Other Staff John Palmer Broadcast engineers will often be called upon to plan, develop and manage an engineering project, and will be expected to be able to work independently, gathering relevant expertise and delivering to a negotiated deadline. This unit seeks to simulate this sector experience through a multi- disciplinary project wherein students engage individually in new learning in relation to technology, set themselves challenges, and develop themselves through initiating and developing an individually negotiated engineering Unit project. Introduction Students will decide on their own “problem” in negotiation with a member of staff. This decision will be enshrined in a learning agreement, with individual contractual obligations. Learning outcomes and assessment criteria will also be negotiated. This unit may have some inter-relationship with the student’s choice of dissertation subject in BTC306 Dissertation (namely it may spring from this enquiry, or be associated with it, but must not duplicate research material). Project Brief This project will enable students to plan, develop and manage an engineering project. Students will work individually, gathering relevant expertise and delivering the project to a negotiated deadline. Working individually, you will design an innovative product or service for the broadcast industry. You will first produce a short proposal in the first two weeks of term that defines the aims and scope of the project. This has to be agreed by your project tutor. You will then research and develop the project and write an interim report. This report will be due towards the end of the term 1 and should cover the following points: 1
  2. 2. Programme BSc Broadcast Technology • Outline of the proposed innovation. • Market research. • Feasibility study. • Budget. • Schedule of aims and objectives. • Possible extensions/reductions to project. • A Gantt chart. You will then design and develop a prototype of the product or software service. In term 3 you will present the prototype to industry professionals at a poster exhibition. You will also write up the project in the form of a formal project report. The report should cover the following points: • Product design • Prototype development. • Testing. • Evaluation. • Future of the product or service. Learning on this unit is gained through a combination of: • Lectures; Teaching and • Seminars; Learning • Tutorials; Strategies and • Self-directed study. E-Learning For project updates you are required to regularly check your emails and unit specific content in Moodle. Learning Outcomes Although these are open for negotiation students should ensure that their individual new learning is clearly articulated. The following are the “default” learning outcomes, which will underpin all projects and any further negotiated learning outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to: 1. Reflect on the challenges a broadcast engineering project has presented and critically evaluate the relative success against the proposed outcomes; (LO1) 2. Present and discuss a broadcast engineering project in systematic detail, demonstrating sufficient subject area knowledge and conceptual understanding to answer questions and articulate 2
  3. 3. Programme BSc Broadcast Technology intention and approach. (LO2) Skills By the end of the project the students will be able to: 3. Initiate proposals/specification and programme plans; (LO3) 4. Research and develop a broadcast engineering project from a number of possible broadcast engineering concepts (this may involve developing feasibility studies); (LO4) 5. Project manage a project to schedule, to a client’s satisfaction and within budget, demonstrating decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; (LO5) 6. Apply existing broadcast engineering methods and techniques to an engineering project, to extend knowledge and understanding and develop new, project specific engineering skills. (LO6) Assessment Criteria To be individually negotiated. The following are the “default” assessment criteria: Students will be assessed on: Project Proposal and Interim Project Report • Depth of definition and explanation of the problem and scope of the broadcast engineering project in a proposal/specification and programme plan; (LO3) • Ability to identify outcomes and performance indicators suited to a defined broadcast engineering project; (LO1) • Weight of evidence of appropriate research and development for at least two broadcast engineering concepts. (LO4) Final Project Report • Level of ability to project manage the project, to near professional degrees of client satisfaction and budget compliance; (LO5) • Level of ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts, and data to make judgements and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution; (LO1, LO2) • Degree of application of methods and techniques to review, initiate and carry out a broadcast engineering project; (LO6) • Degree of systematic application of learning and reflection on the challenges the project has presented. (LO1, LO2) Presentation • Degree of higher levels of communication skills utilised in presenting a project to a Panel; (LO2) • Degree of awareness of industrial and commercial constraints; (LO4, LO5) • Coherence of decision-making processes within broadcast engineering context; (LO5) • Degree of appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge. (LO1, LO2, LO5, LO6) 3
  4. 4. Programme BSc Broadcast Technology Assessable Elements Percentage of Final Grade Project Proposal Formative Interim Project Report 25% 75% Final Project Report 50% Presentation 25% Students should submit: • An individual one-page project proposal This must be submitted on-line by 16.00h on Friday 9th October 2009 • An individual written interim report of about 2000 words Assessable This must be submitted on-line by Elements and Submission 16.00h on Friday 27th November 2009 Requirements Students should prepare a poster and give a short presentation, then answer questions: Tuesday 18th May 2010 Students should submit: • An individual written final report of 4000 – 6000 words, not including software listing or appendices. This must be submitted on-line by 16.00h on Wednesday 26th May 2010 It is your responsibility to meet these deadlines. Tuesday 29 September 2009: Issue Project Brief Friday 9 October: Online submission of Project Proposal Friday 27 November: Online submission of Interim Report Key Dates Tuesday 18 May: Assessed oral presentation. Tuesday 26 May: Online submission of Final Report Students must refer to the detailed timetable for times regarding sessions and lectures. Extensions If you have any other unforeseen and serious difficulties during this unit you and Mitigating may apply for an extension, or mitigating circumstances. Full details of how Circumstances to do this are available from the Registry intranet site at 4
  5. 5. Programme BSc Broadcast Technology All projects at Ravensbourne College are assessed against the College Grading and Grading Descriptors. ( Marking All references must be written in the Harvard style of referencing. Refer to the LRC Booklet ‘How to … Reference your work’. Blair, R. (2002) Digital Techniques in Broadcasting Transmission, Focal. Eisner, H. (2002) Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management, John Wiley and Sons. Tozer, E. (2004) Broadcast Engineer’s Reference Book, Focal. Uren, M. (2001) Illustrated Dictionary of Moving Image Technology, Focal. Reading List Williams, E. (2006) NAB Engineering Handbook, Focal. EDA, Incorporated Broadcast Engineering – online Broadcast Engineering related calculators. Students will also be provided with additional individual reading list and references dependent on their specific project requirements. All references must be written in the Harvard style of referencing. Refer to the LRC Booklet ‘How to … Reference your work’. Learning Support is available through Student Services and includes – English as a second language, academic writing support and dyslexia support. For more information on the type of support you can access, either visit the Student Services Team, or see the Support for Learning brochure which can be downloaded from – Learning Support Alternative assessment arrangements may be made or additional learning support arranged for students with disabilities or medical conditions which would impair their performance in meeting the above requirements and who have registered in advance with Student Support. This must be discussed and agreed in advance with the Subject Leader and will be reported to the Board of Examiners. Students who fail this project, or parts thereof, will be required to complete a resubmission project which demonstrates that they have achieved the learning outcomes. Re-Submission Requirements Students should be aware that resubmissions are capped at an E grade unless the mitigating circumstances panel uphold the evidenced application. The deadline for re-submission is TBC. 5
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