Students encounter all elements of the design cycle in intensive design projects. Each scenario focuses on different elements and allows the development and improvement of key skills.

In the second term of the first year and across the second year, departments run a series of intensive design projects. These encourage students to consolidate learning from across the disciplinary courses, and to engage in problem-solving and engineering design activities, ideally through build and test opportunities.

During the course of a scenario, students:

  • Experience all elements of the design cycle, from defining need and developing a brief, through conceptual design and prototyping to development and testing/operation.
  • Develop team-working, leadership and communications skills.
  • Engage in design projects that draw technical knowledge from across the taught modules studied previously, and integrate this knowledge to develop a solution to a realistic problem. Consider requirements and constraints that go beyond just the technical. For example, economic, sustainability, feasibility and desirability issues.

In most departments these run as one week intensive experiences during which time the student focuses solely on this activity.

Work with us

  • Scenarios need real problems
  • Help us set them
  • Make sure the entirety of the design cycle is included

Dr John Mitchell
Director, UCL Integrated Engineering Programme

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