Teaching integrated system design with interdisciplinary group design exercises
With funding from the UK's Royal Academy of Engineering, the University of Edinburgh has developed a set of three truly interdisciplinary group design exercises aimed at improving penultimate-year undergraduate students' ability to operate across disciplines and improve their preparation for transfer into industry. Three exercises on: hydropower system design; potable water supply; and a micro-system accelerometer, are each designed and led by a Visiting Industrial Professor. They are both
... enging and popular with students and have achieved several very successful outcomes: experience of real system design; enhanced appreciation of other engineering disciplines; experience of team working where participants have different skills and expertise; demonstration of the links between design and economic viability; introduction to non-technical areas essential to fulfilling the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, etc. Keywords Interdisciplinary design teaching; systems engineering; group design exercises; student experiences and feedback. File Word Count 6,000 words (note reduction of feedback panels can save words) Amon, C.