BSEN10010 Biosystems Engineering Design Challenge

Academic Year 2023/2024

The focus of this award-winning module is on designing and building a working bench-scale device that solves a practical problem through the application of engineering science to biological materials and systems. Students work in assigned interdisciplinary groups and meet once per week with a mentor to create a design, source materials, fabricate, test and operate a prototype and report on the project. Safety, innovation and the use of recycled materials within an allocated budget are important aspects. Individual grades are assigned based on contribution to team activities throughout the trimester.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Describe the principles of engineering design, time management and teamwork. Solve a practical engineering problem. Locate materials, construct and operate a bench-scale device. Use effective communication skills and writing a group report, designing a poster and creating a video.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Hands-on learning in groups with problem-based learning to design a new device. Online support may also be provided as needed. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Device design and performance, group project report, video and poster Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is available to groups on draft versions of submissions and post-assessment.

Name Role
Dr Emmanuel Reynaud Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Junli Xu Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Bing Bing Goh Tutor
Dr Anna Lesniak-Podsiadlo Tutor
Maryam Roudneshin Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 16:00 - 16:50