ENG06072 2019 Introduction to Engineering
The overall aim of this module is to:
(a) Excite and motivate new engineering students about their chosen field of study.
(b) Clarify the student's understanding of the nature of engineering and the tasks and responsibilities of an engineer.
(c) Cultivate and develop key skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication, leadership, knowledge discovery and system building skills.
(d) Utilise 'design and build' projects to promote early success in engineering practice, to introduce discipline-specific material and to outline the integration of subjects on engineering programmes of study.
(e) Demonstrate that problem solving can be fun, educational and enriching.
(f) Instil an eagerness for independent and reflective learning.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate that problem solving is fun, educational and enriching
Contribute as a positive, cooperative and complementary team member in the planning and implementation of projects and problem solving exercises.
Utilize basic system building skills to determine solutions to basic "design & build" projects, appropriate to engineering disciplines.
Utilise appropriate technology and techniques for acquiring, processing, interpreting and
Outline general engineering practice and the particular operational practices of their chosen discipline
Develop a Personal Development Plan
Teaching and Learning Strategies
In addition to the normal practical classes, Engineers working in industry will be invited as guest lecturers and site visits to companies will be arranged, where possible.
Module Assessment Strategies
Assessment will involve:
Assessment of formal presentations of project activities and project solutions.
Assessments of project reports.
Competition performance, production of posters, peer/self assessment, on-line surveys.
Word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software will be used throughout.
1. Identification and allocation of a range of mini projects (ice-breaker, multidisciplinary, discipline specific). Project brief, objectives, clarifications, deliverables.
2. Team skills and roles, stages in team building, running effective teams, consensus building and conflict resolution.
3. Problem identification and formulation, analytical reasoning, application of core engineering fundamental knowledge, problem solving.
4. Creative processes, evolution, synthesis, revolution, changing direction.
5. The design process, discipline specific approaches, design for sustainability, safety, aesthetics, operability, and other objectives, design documentation.
6. Project management and implementation, discipline specific hardware and software considerations, manufacture and building of parts, structures and processes.
7. Verbal communication skills; planning an oral presentation, structuring information, presenting non verbal communication, overheads, PowerPoint, dealing with Q/A sessions, functions of non verbal communication.
8. Written communication, writing executive summaries and abstracts, report formats, document preparation, letter writing.
9. Computing skills, searching and browsing the internet, correct use of and reliability of information, word processing, spread sheet, presentation and image editing software.
10. Role and responsibility engineers, impact of engineering on society and the environment, ethics, integrity and social responsibility.
11. Personal development planning, time management, goal setting, reflection, working in groups, reflection.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Common practical 1||Practical||Group Project||25 %||Week 4||1,2,3|
|2||Common practical 2||Practical||Group Project||25 %||Week 8||3,4,6|
|3||Common Practical 3||Practical||Group Project||25 %||Week 12||2,3,4|
|4||Discipline specific project||Project||Assignment||25 %||OnGoing||5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Supervision||Problem Based Learning Room||Common projects||3||Weekly||3.00|
|Supervision||Not Specified||Discipline Specific project||3||Weekly||3.00|
For the common group projects a dedicated room will be be required.