Engineering Professional Skills 3

Module summary

Module code: OENG1003
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Kristina Masuwa-Morgan



This module embodies three of the descriptors within the standards set in the engineering council UKSPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence,
A. Knowledge and understanding.
B. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products.
C. Responsibility, management or leadership.
D. Communication and inter-personal skills.
E. Professional commitment.
A key area will be the exploration of ethical best practice and global competence in line with the Statement of Ethical Principles developed by the Engineering Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering ( which sets a standard to which members of the profession should aspire in their working habits and relationships.
There will be a focus on international management, economics and financial management as well as development of skills in knowledge management, Information technology and information infrastructure management.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Apply qualitative and quantitative techniques to conduct analytical and evaluative studies to a professional standard in keeping within industry regulatory and professional bodies. (UKSPEC A2, E1).
2. Appraise own develop alongside sector developments and within the context of sustainable professional best practice. (UKSPEC C1, E1, E4).
3. Apply complex decision-making techniques and develop work plans governed by an awareness of corporate social responsibility, multi-lateral global and cultural issues, service levels, stakeholder variations and sustainable futures. (UKSPEC C4, D2, E3, E5).
4. Analyse infrastructure and resourcing of a company and reflect on how accounting and budgeting controls are undertaken as well as best practice for management and use of technology, information and knowledge resources. (UKSPEC A1, B1, B2, C2, E3).

Indicative content

UK-SPEC Professional Commitment will be demonstrated by:
• Cultural competence and ethical conduct including.
- Employment markets and cross-border variations.
- Professional Standards and Ethical conduct; and Corporate social responsibility;
- Socio-economic analysis, objectivity, investment in people, social justice and inclusive work practice and management, perspectives and subjective rationality.
• Security and Management of risk and contingency planning; transparency vs confidentiality.
• Discipline specific global issues and futures thinking - best practice environmental management systems.
- Environmental management e.g. ISO 14000.
- Best practice strategic risk management systems e.g. ISO 31000.
- Health and safety legislation and best practice. In the UK, examples include HASAW 1974, CDM regulations, OHSAS 18001:2007 and company safety policies.

UKSPEC Communication and inter-personal skills will be demonstrated by coverage.
• Writing skills for graduates.
- Writing project reports;
- Introduction to writing for publication and technical posters;
- Preparing highly effective executive reports for non-technical executive and third parties such as investors. The ability to lead and chair meeting with all the associated records, such as minutes and task lists.
- Developing and critically reviewing proposals: Leading evidence based debates with an audience. The development of a request for proposal (RfP), critiquing and improving a proposal.
• Intercultural competence; managing global and multi-cultural teams.

UKSPEC Responsibility, management or leadership will include further development of:
• Quantitative vs qualitative analysis: more advanced statistical techniques such as Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Chi-squared with examples from Economics such as price, supply and demand, per capita consumption and change analysis with a view to supporting engineering decision making and planning. The statistical coverage will also explore areas such as cybersecurity statistics and those relating generally to IT and data.
• Financial markets; Fundamentals of economics, resource and financial management Including budgetary control – cost / volume relationships; and Investment analysis with discounted cashflow / time value methods.
• Sector analysis, company set up and service agreements.
- The sector yesterday, today and tomorrow.
- Service level agreements and tenders.
- Stakeholder mapping.
- Company house and company registration.
- Writing business plans including legal requirements for private and public organisations.
• Cognitive development theories.
• Decision making principles; evaluation and development of strategies and procedures.
• Information technology, information and knowledge management.
- Platforms for knowledge management.
- Advanced use of social media for organisational enhancement.
- IT infrastructure management / IT for engineering and engineering projects;
- IT and data security, ethics and legislation.
- Inclusive IT.
- Key proponents of information management.
- Big data and data analytics – discipline specific informatics.