In an engineering application, I'm currently filling in I'm asked to "give details of any activities, hobbies or projects that you have been involved in, outside of your lessons", what I'm not sure about is whether the coursework I've done in school where the teacher has given us the instructions on what to do but hasn't helped us in any way or form count as a project that I've been involved in outside of my lessons?
The text is not clear enough, but it could be:
- Projects where you had a say in their subject, description and objectives.
- Projects unrelated to the academy.
As they are not clear enough and I would consider exaggerated to contact them asking more details about this question, I recommend to take the first interpretation, as it is more beneficial to you.
Note that from what you said, I cannot know the extension of your coursework project, and saying that your professor gave you instructions, does not seem to be good to match the first hypothesis. If you have taken elective or very flexible mandatory projects, even if they were graded or mentored by a professor, they could meet the hypothesis.
As far as you do not list a project that falls outside these two interpretations, I don't think it could impact negatively on your application. Should they ask you, tell them your interpretation of the question, and be prepared to present your projects.
I very much disagree with Adam Smith's answer that what they are asking for is unclear. It's incredibly clear.
The employer expects that your education (your lessons) include some type of project-based work. They are looking for projects that you took on of your own free will outside of your course work. A project that is required for a course and is graded by the course instructor does not count and should not be included in this section.
If you took on additional projects, either individually or with your fellow students, you should list those and any other information that they ask for about those projects.
The purpose of this section is to allow you to give additional information about your work and background. You do not need to include coursework, since that's already reflected in your grades and transcripts. This is simply an opportunity to bolster and show knowledge and experience from outside the classroom.