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ZUG4025 – Design Project

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 2, 2021 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 2, 2022 (Extended Programme)

36 credits, NQF Level 7


The main components of the final year design project comprises activities that include problem solving, research, design, construction/assembly of apparatus, commissioning, testing of apparatus, modifying of design based on performance evaluation, re-evaluation of final design, economic and environmental impacts, energy analysis.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1ELO 3: Engineering Design:

  • Identify and formulate the design problem to satisfy user needs, applicable standards, codes of practice and legislation.
  • Plan and manage the design process: focus on important issues, recognise and deal with constraints.
  • Acquire and evaluate the requisite knowledge, information and resources: apply correct principles, evaluate and use design tools.
  • Perform design tasks including analysis, synthesis, reflection, quantitative modelling and optimisation.
  • Communicate the design logic and information.
2ELO 4: Investigations, Experiments and Data Analysis:

  • Establish and apply a clear research methodology to plan and conduct investigations.
  • Conduct literature research to critically evaluate the design.
  • Perform necessary analysis (mathematical, numerical, statistical, computing, etc.).
  • Select and use appropriate equipment and/or software for data gathering and measurements.
  • Derive, analyse and interpret information from data based on fundamental and specialist knowledge.
  • Draw conclusions based on evidence.
  • Reflect back on the design solution based on findings and observations drawn from evaluation and experimentation
  • Communicating the purpose, process and interim outcomes in a technical report.
3ELO 5: Engineering Methods, Skills and Tools, including Information Technology

  • Assess the applicability and limitations of engineering methods, skills or tools to be used.
  • Apply engineering methods, skills and tools to realise the design problem and perform evaluation. This can include different the use of different computer packages for computation, modelling, simulation and information handling. The use of computer tools to realise project management, perform economic, and conduct risk assessment analysis is highly expected.
4ELO 6: Professional and Technical Communication

  • Demonstrate competence to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate structure, style and graphical support suitable for engineering audience and the community at large.
5ELO 8: Individual Working

  • Demonstrate competence to work effectively as an individual.
6ELO 9: Independent Learning Ability

  • Determine learning requirements and strategies required to solve the design problem in hand.
  • Be able to effectively source and evaluate information.
  • Independently access, comprehend, and apply knowledge acquired outside formal instruction.
7ELO 10: Engineering Professionalism

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the need to act professionally and ethically and to exercise judgment and take responsibility within own limits of competence.


Design Project: 100%

Workload requirements

The main purpose of the module is to decide on whether the student has achieved the Exit Level Outcomes (ELO) set by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  All outcomes will be assessed by means of assessing the design project.

Chief examiner(s)





Digital Electronics, Analogue Electronics and Computer Architecture and Programming