Engineering Professional Skills 2

Module summary

Module code: GEEN0031
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Amy Austin



This course aims:
To introduce students to knowledge and behaviours expected of professional engineers in the workplace.

To link theory with practical examples so students can begin to apply knowledge to practice.

To build upon developing employability skills and to enhance professional practice of those students already in employment.

To encourage students to become reflective professionals.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Identify key course concepts and their roles in professional organisations
2 Apply key course concepts and theory appropriately in practical context
3 To assess critically how personal and professional behaviour impacts on organisations

Indicative content

The course will cover theory and concepts related to the following topics:

Engineers and management: The role of engineers in management and the importance of management and professional skills, including time management and prioritisation of tasks.

Engineering jobs and careers: Understanding what industry needs from engineers and how to build a portfolio of knowledge and skills to enhance employability.

Types of organisations: The concepts of management structures and their relationship to control and communication.

Organisational culture: Types of cultures, how cultures are developed and what employees contribute to culture and what it means to work in the different culture types.

Business external pressures and the development of strategies: Assessing the business environment – internal and external through SWOT and STEEPLE.

Introduction to Finance: Introduction to the basics of business finance, including: concept of ‘time value of money’, Present and Net Present Value, IRR, financial accounting and profitability, budgets and budgetary control, cost and volume relationships.

Health and Safety: Legal requirements, management processes and risk assessment. The role of the Health and Safety Executive within different organisations and practices.

Human Relationships and motivation in the workplace and beyond: People and their roles in organisations, motivation theories and their impact on management style. What motivates you?

The team process and leadership: The role of the professional engineer in management teams and the nature of leadership, understanding what type of a team member you are, building and leading teams and being a strong team member.

Introduction to Marketing: Why do customers choose one company of another? Introduction to marketing concepts including the 7 P’s and market segmentation, types of customers and the competitive forces.

Project Planning and Management: What does it mean to manage a project successfully? Including the fundamentals of project teams, planning and control, measuring progress and success.

Environmental Issues: Sustainability, social responsibility and the ‘green’ organisation. ISO 14000

The Management of Quality: The concepts of quality management and quality control. The cost of quality. ISO9001

Critical thinking and critical reflection: These key themes will form part of each of the topics above to encourage continuous development throughout not only your academic career, but your career as an engineer. Students will be challenged to review past action to inform future change and evaluate and assess before making decisions.

Teaching and learning activity

Formal lectures will enable students to establish the scope and depth of knowledge required. Inquiry into the existing knowledge base and hands on exercises will enable a natural learning process for the student. Additionally students will be exposed to industry experts delivering seminars/lectures on key topics. Application of concepts to practice will take place through problem-based learning activity and assessment.

Concepts will be further explored through activities during tutorial sessions. The student will engage in a simulated work place activity and various other exercises to make the learning as realistic as possible. Workshops on enhancing employability and the skills needed to search and find the relevant jobs or to become self-employed will take place.


Critical essay - 50%
LO - 1-2
2,000 words.
A critical approach is taken and argument/position established on a topic selected from a choice of essay titles linked to course content
Group report and presentation - 50%
LO - 1-3
2,500-3,000 word report, presentation materials and individual reflective review 500-1,000 words.
Executive style report incorporating the application of course concepts to case-study scenario submitted by the group. A 10 minute presentation will be delivered by the group and individuals will submit a reflective review on their own peer performance/contribution to the group.

In order to meet professional body requirements, students are expected to pass this course at 40% overall and with a minimum of 30% for each component.

All elements of summative assessment must be passed to pass the course.

Pre and co requisites