Engineering Professional Skills 1

Module summary

Module code: GEEN1128
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Grahame Baker / Deborah Sims

Specification

Pre and co requisites

None.

Aims

This course aims to provide all year-one undergraduate engineering, technology and management students with knowledge and understanding of effective inter-professional and interpersonal skills. The course is designed with a focus to communication, professional and management practices, ethical issues, numeracy, emerging technology, technical /computer enabled learning and project analysis. Each component of the course enhances students’ personal and professional knowledge as well as the skills surrounding their programme specific areas.

In addition, the course develops understanding of design, manufacturing, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services to optimise the application of existing and emerging technology. Students will learn appropriate code of professional conducts, obligations to society and their profession. Understand how to operate and act responsibly, taking account of the need to progress environmental, social and economic outcomes simultaneously.

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcome On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Understand the role of engineering, engineering failure and solution, technology, IT, and industrial management in a number of diverse context.
2 Develop appropriate level of communication and critical thinking.
3 Understand the engineering profession and codes of conduct.
4 Demonstrate application of professional and ethical practices, both theoretical and applied in engineering/technology/industrial context and where appropriate, beyond their remits.
5 Learn effective management within engineering context, iteration, quality and codes of conduct.
6 Learn and evaluate fundamentals of systems thinking and contemporary approaches to systems dynamics.
7 Learn and understand the emerging and new technology, engineering and management enabled techniques at operational level of their work.
8 Demonstrate applied knowledge and understanding of technology, engineering and management projects, costing, risk and safety assessment and their implication in variety of business environments.
9 Understand Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and how IPRs affect both the technical and non-technical work environment.
10 Understand research and scientific methodology along with measures of success.
11 Learn the role of end-users and market based principles within the wider scope of technology, engineering and management framework.

Indicative content

(Overall structure: 16 weeks lectures, 8 weeks lab sessions, 1 week intensive practical session)
Part 1 – Communication and Critical thinking (4 weeks lectures). Different approaches of communication within an engineering/technology/industrial management context, application of management roles and leadership within society. Demonstrate effective essay and Précis writing, comprehension and critical analysis. Able to identify the limits of own personal knowledge and skills while broaden and deepen own knowledge base through research and experimentation.
Knowledge and understanding
Breadth of Outlook
Personal Effectiveness

Part 2 – Professional Practice (4 weeks lectures) - Analyse both micro and macro-business environment in technology-enabled, knowledge-based context and learn how strategy, change, costing and risk management, and quality influence different professional practices. Understand verification and validation in engineering/technology context. Make informed decision on their career path. Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
Intellectual and Practical Skills.

Part 3 –Technical (8 weeks lab sessions) - System thinking (4 weeks lab sessions)- Learn and evaluate fundamentals of systems thinking and contemporary approaches to systems dynamics. Understand be able to apply decision making models (decision trees, force-field analysis), operations, information management, business IT. Be able to identify constraints and exploit opportunities for the development and transfer of technology within own chosen field.
Computer systems (4 weeks lab sessions) - Understand the fundamentals of computer systems, systems architectures and development approaches including servers and distribution methods for Data (databases). Learn the management principles for IT systems development and deployment. Know how to use basic predictive methods, mathematical and otherwise, to model and simulate systems to enable analysis and performance. Have an awareness of the range and nature of risk in systems innovation, improvement, development and deployment in the context of business and commerce.

Part 4 – Ethics and Issues in Management (4 weeks lectures)
Learn ethical issues, i.e. including corporate responsibility, legislation, industrial democracy, health and safety, and environment, not exclusive of other pertaining issues. Know concepts of conflict surrounding engineering/technology/industrial management practices and how such issues to be effectively managed.
Transferable Skills
Critical Thinking
Professional Management

Part 5 – Quality (4 weeks lectures)
Learn and apply how quality affects both the technical and non-technical work environment with reference to ISO and BS practices. Know theories and applied concepts of material quality and management, product development. Understand market strategy from an engineering, technology, industrial perspective. Project management and risk evaluation. Be able to apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering, management and technical problems using research and scientific methodology along with measures of success. Understand, manage and apply safe systems at work. Be able to understand the role and application of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and its impact on end-users. Learn the role of end-users and market based principles within the wider scope of technology, engineering and management framework.

Part 6 – 5 days intensive practical (1 week session)





Teaching and learning activity

Teaching and learning emphasis will be based on applied as well research based enquiry. The teaching activities include classroom, lab/practical, seminars and tutorials sessions.
The underlying strategy will be classroom driven but not exclusive to practical and of self-directed learning which reflects the andragogical model. Lectures will use a didactic approach to introduce material.
The course will comprise of:
(i) 16 weeks of teaching based on class room lectures covering part 1-2 and part 4-5. Part 1 and 2 deal with communication, practical skills along with professional practices. Part 4 and 5 deal with ethics and quality.
(ii) 8 weeks of lab sessions based on part 3. The sessions are divided into two 4 weeks sessions. 4 weeks are allocated for system think and 4 weeks are allocated for computer systems. The lab sessions cover fundamentals of systems thinking and contemporary approaches to systems dynamics, application of decision making models (decision trees, force-field analysis), operations, information management, business IT, and fundamentals of computer systems, systems architectures and development approaches including servers and distribution methods for Data (databases). Have an awareness of the range and nature of risk in systems innovation, improvement, development and deployment in the context of business and commerce.
(iii) 1 week intensive practical covers real life application, scenario building, research led enquiry and case study based analysis by field trip, visits, simulation etc.

Assessment

The course is interactive and stimulating. Students will learn from the classroom, practical, seminars, workshops, tutorial and their peers by developing a multi-disciplinary perspective and pedagogic knowledge. The learning process incorporates “within group” and “between groups” reciprocity so that sharing of knowledge, experience and professionalism makes a real difference to their academic and applied experience. The course is thought-provoking and practical. Faculty wide experts across the school are involved in teaching and learning process of the course.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework 1 Precis Writing.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Application.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): (2),(9),(10)
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 10%.
Pass Mark: 30%.
Word Length:300 words

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework 2 Presentation.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Evaluate.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):(1).
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 10%.
Pass Mark: 30%.
Group Presentation on real-world problem solving exercise.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework 3 Report.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Application.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): (1), (2),(3).(4),(5),(6),(7),(8),(11).
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 50%.
Pass Mark: 30%.
Group report on real-world problem solving exercise.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework 4 Discussion Essay.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Critical Thinking.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): (2)
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 20%.
Pass Mark: 30%.
Discussion of an Engineering related issue.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework 5 PDP
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Reflective.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): (1-11)
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 10%.
Pass Mark: 30%.
Produce and reflect on personal development plan.

Overall Pass Mark 40%