Professional and Personal Development

Module summary

Module code: GEEN1065
Level: 0
Credits: 30
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Robert Jenner

Specification

Pre and co requisites

None.

Aims

The Faculty of Engineering & Science provides students without traditional entry qualifications (but who have the desire and ambition to succeed) the opportunity to read for an accredited Bachelor of Engineering Honours (BEng (Hons)) degree. Such students will undertake an extra year of study and complete a four-year extended BEng (Hons) degree programme. Stage 0 of the extended degree programme, the 'foundation year', is designed to provide extended degree students with all essential skills and knowledge required for successful integration into stage 1 of a traditional BEng (Hons) degree programme; stages 1 to 3 of the extended degree are identical to those of students completing traditional BEng (Hons) degree programmes.

This course aims to provide extended BEng (Hons) students with essential knowledge and skills required to be successful in higher education and the workplace. It is vitally important that students fully understand the engineering professions that they will be entering and the degree programmes that they will be undertaking in order that they be able to make informed choices as to their education and future careers; this course begins by discussing these topics in detail. This course also delivers key and transferable skills such as communication, team working, planning & management, engineering design, learning strategies, and employability skills amongst others and is designed to align with Greenwich Graduate attributes.



Learning outcomes

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

1 Explain the differences between incorporated and chartered engineers and explain the membership requirements of engineering institutes at incorporated and professional levels and the benefits of each membership.
2 Explain the differences between BEng Technology, BEng, and MEng degree programmes and understand the differences in educational and career paths associated with each.
3 Explain the responsibilities of engineers and engineering companies with regard to social, economic and environmental considerations and relate these considerations to responsible design practices.
4 Select and apply a suitable learning and/or problem solving strategy for a range of unfamiliar engineering and academic problems.
5 Produce well structured, accurate written communications and oral presentations with confidence using a range of information & communication technologies.
6 Demonstrate good interpersonal skills and define good practice when working as part of a team to plan, manage, and implement multidisciplinary projects.

Indicative content

Engineering institutions (benefits of membership, types of membership, entry requirements), review of typical engineering professions and organisations (typical career paths for holders of BEng Technology, BEng, and MEng degrees), organisational interview and selection processes, psychometric testing, graduate programs, academic pathways, assessment procedures. responsibilities of engineers (environmental, economic, social, and safety considerations) project planning, project management, design methodologies, design flow, computer aided design, learning styles, study skills, revision strategies, examination strategies, problem solving strategies, technical report writing, laboratory report writing, referencing & plagiarism, oral presentations, team working, group dynamics, interpersonal skills, word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, peer reviews, self-assessment techniques, personal development plans (PDP), CV writing, entrepreneurship, environmental engineering.

Teaching and learning activity

The course comprises of lectures, self-learning activities, and student orientated workshops in which students will be put into groups to complete certain tasks.

Assessment

Students are required to pass all components in order to pass the course.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Report Writing
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Writing exercises
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 5
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 10%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length 1500 +append
Outline Details: Technical report

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Employability
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group discussion
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1,2,5
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 10%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length n/a
Outline Details: PowerPoint presentation

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Project Planning & Management
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group discussion
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 4,5,6
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 30%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length 3500 +append
Outline Details: Technical report

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Group Design
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group discussion
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 3,4,5,6
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 20%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length n/a
Outline Details: Conceptual design workshop

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Mock Examination
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Practice questions
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 4
Grading Mode Pass/fail
Weighting 30%
Pass Mark n/a
Word Length n/a
Outline Details : Two-hour unseen mock examination