Professional Project Planning and Prototyping


Working within a team, students will learn about project management concepts that enable them to create a project proposal in a professional manner and present their work in a client pitch to a stakeholder. The project briefs are drawn from current industry and/or research based problem areas. Students are expected to engage fully in their team role and are thus expected to communicate effectively with project stakeholders, contribute to the planning of the project, develop artefacts or prototypes, write associated documentation, and create and present the client pitch.


The aim of this module is to provide the students with the ability to operate professionally as a subject specialist within a team and in interaction with project stakeholders, and understand principles of project management.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Evaluate and select appropriate project management techniques and investigation frameworks to create a project plan for an investigative or development project related to the student's course of study

2.  Develop a prototype or artefact related to the student's course of study

3.  Develop teamwork and communication skills through team collaboration on a project proposal and client pitch

Indicative Content

1 Research

Research: Background, competitors, prior art, project benefits

2 Project

Project management concepts, Agile, Scrum

3 Activities

Activities, deliverables and products

4 Managing

Managing time and resources

5 Identifying

Identifying and managing risks

6 Quality considerations

Professional standards and quality assurance

7 Develop

Develop artefacts, prototypes

8 Interacting

Interacting with clients and team members

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

All students will be expected to attend weekly 1-hour lectorials throughout the term. In the three-hour practicals (two of which are supervised), students will be working on the progressive stages of planning an investigation and designing a solution to a given problem. The weekly practical sessions will enable the students to put into practice the techniques introduced in the lectures with a focus on their own project. All students are expected to attend the scheduled team presentations (Client Pitch, Unit 1). Students will be assessed based on evidence of their contribution to the team. Students will be expected to show and discuss their individual work as part of the team presentations. The module tutor will provide formative and summative feedback. This feedback should inform the creation of the Project Plan submitted as a document (Unit 2) and contribute to the development of the artefact/prototype. For the project plan, students have to peer-assess the contribution of their team members, which will be considered by the module tutor when providing summative feedback. The students will have access to a range of software which will enable them to plan their investigations and to critically appraise the technology. Access will be provided to collaborative working file storage areas so that students can work on their team submissions.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 24
Unsupervised Practical Activity 12
Assessment 100
Independent 52

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.