MECH504 – Application of New Technologies

Module code
Module title
Application of New Technologies
To investigate a new technology and how it may be employed to improve or replace an existing mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing or fabrication process.
  • TC1802
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Investigate existing processes and identify opportunities for improvement or replacement.
Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary technologies relevant to the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing or fabrication field.
Investigate a new technology to employ for improvement or replacement of an existing mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing or fabrication process.
-Basic investigation skills
-New technologies
-Implications associated with employing new technologies
-Energy efficiency/sustainability
-Lifecycle and environmental factors
-Technical report writing on findings and recommendations
-Problem solving skills
Teaching and Learning Strategi
The primary methods of delivering the learning material is Inquiry-based and Project-based Learning by distance. Students will have the opportunity to undertake projects related to their work situation. Students will engage in interactive online learning and module work will be completed by distance via Moodle and Mahara.

Teaching and learning methods will include online delivery with work-based skills development, project-based interactive tasks, training videos, online research and creation of e-portfolios of evidence. Online forums and video conference tutorials will also be available where necessary via Zoom/Skype.

The e-portfolio components could consist of a combination of any of the following: test, assignment, project or formal report. Observational assessments may also be used where appropriate. The weight of the overall assessment is equally distributed across learning outcomes.

Regular feedback to students will be provided including assessment results.
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of evidence100
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. To pass this module, the student must complete and submit all components and gain a mark of at least 50 for each achievement-based component within the portfolio. Students must also meet all of the requirements of the competency-based tasks to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks achieved in the achievement-based tasks.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Online resources will be available to students on Moodle.