Electrical Project (Electrical Technology) (Level 7)
To provide the learner with the opportunity to develop their independent leadership and project management skills through the study, analysis and resolution of a work-based problem. This will be closely linked with the Electrical Layout and Planning module. A reflective analysis approach is adopted in the selection of a suitable project and the assessment is based on a final report and presentation.
Having successfully completed this module, the learner will be able to:
1. Identify a suitable work based or industry based project relevant to their personal, career and academic goals.
2. Specify the scope of the proposed project or study in terms of a project definition, objectives and outcomes.
3. Plan, undertake and manage a project within a specified timeframe using limited resources.
4. Apply the appropriate tools, methods, techniques and technologies in the development and management of the project.
5. Make comprehensive recommendations on further work necessary on the project or which would improve the design solution.
6. Publish a project report on the specification, conduct and findings of the project, and make a final presentation on project progress and conclusions.
7. Reflect on the conclusions of their research project to their personal and professional development, identify their development needs and address these needs.
The learner will be expected to use some or all of the following on the project:
1. Library research: Print media, Electronic media, Journals, Books, Internet
2. Project Management: Setting objectives, Project specification, Project planning, Gantt charts, Budgeting, Cost/Benefit Analysis
3. Design Standards: Health and safety implications, environmental implications, energy management, regulatory and/or legislative requirements, industry standards
4. Implementation methods: CAD, Schematics, layouts, floor plans, panel drawings, bills of materials, job schedules,
5. Research and investigation methods: Surveys, Sampling, Questionnaires, Interviews, Observations, Work Study
6. Analysis: Mathematical modelling, Statistics, Simulation, Calculations, Data processing, Financial
7. Creativity: Brainstorming, Group working, Criteria for evaluating solutions and/or proposals
8. Report writing: Table of contents, Layout, Diagrams and tables, Schematics, Layouts, References
Sample Design Study Scope
The scope of the design study is to complete the full electrical planning required for the construction of a basic commercial, industrial or retail facility. The design should encompass all aspects of the electrical infrastructure required, including; utility power supply connections, power circuits and fittings, all lighting aspects including emergency lighting and floodlighting, cabling for IT systems and electronic security systems, and may include any relevant low voltage circuits, control circuits, back-up power supply, microgeneration and storage, access control and equipment supply required. A full and detailed set of layout drawings, wiring schema, connection diagrams and bills of materials should be supplied. All relevant wiring regulations should be addressed. A detailed project plan for the installation should be prepared including the allocation of resources, logistics and scheduling. Appropriate energy efficiency, environmental management and best design practice should be demonstrated and discussed.