BSEN10010 Biosystems Engineering Design Challenge

Academic Year 2024/2025

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
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




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 Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Report(s): Each group of student need to submit a report detailing the rationale, design procedure, project management and performance. Week 12 Graded No


Group Work Assignment: Each group needs to submit a poster and video. The performance of prototype will be assessed on the display day. Week 12 Graded Yes


Participation in Learning Activities: Each student will be assessed based on their engagement and contribution to in class discussion. Week 12 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 Junli Xu Lecturer / Co-Lecturer