Engineering Principles

Module summary

Module code: GEEN1170
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Ahmed Elamin



The aims of this module are to provide students with the pre-requisite knowledge and understanding of basic of engineering principles and applications, prior to following their chosen discipline. The module also aims to provide students with the communication and analytical skills which are required to maximise the benefit from laboratory and project work undertaken throughout the year.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Present, process, analysis and comment on experimental data using the word and excel environment.
2 Understand the concepts of vectors, forces and moments; apply Newton’s laws of motion and equations of motion to simple mechanical systems; analyse systems with simple harmonic motion.
3 Understand electromagnetism, current, voltage and resistance characteristics and components used in electrical circuits and apply Ohms Law and Kirchoff’s Law.
4 Understand basic thermodynamic concepts of energy, work, heat transfer and thermal conductivity.

Indicative content

Experimental skills; Engineering units, significant figures, tabulation of data, graph plotting (independent and dependent variables). The use of the Excel environment to plot graphs and charts. The introduction of techniques such as curve fitting, linearization of equations, the use of logarithmic graphs, errors and uncertainties.
Mechanical and civil engineering; Vectors, resolving vectors, forces, moments and resultants. Newtons Laws of motion and equations of motion. Kinetic energy, potential energy and momentum.
Electrical and electronic engineering; Atoms and conduction, resistance in electrical circuits. Current, voltage, electrical energy and power. Ohm’s Law and Kirchoff’s Law.
Chemical and mechanical engineering; Heat transfer, conduction, convection, radiation and thermal conductivity.

Teaching and learning activity

The fundamental concepts with worked examples of the topics will be introduced during the lecture programme. The students learning will be enhanced through laboratory activities and tutorial sessions. The lecture programme will run in parallel with the laboratory programme allowing students to apply their learning simultaneously. The laboratory exercises will consist of experiments which will enable students to apply the skills which they would have developed in the lecture programme. The final three lectures will provide students with an overview of what students should expect to cover in the mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, computing engineering and engineering management programmes.


Lab report - 50% LO - 1, 2, 3, 4. Pass mark - 40% 1500 words.

Exam - 50% LO - 1-4 2 hours. Exam will be based on topics covered during the lecture programme.

All elements of summative assessment must be passed to pass the module.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: In-class assignments can be offered to help students grasp concepts introduced during the lectures programme. The feedback from these assignments will allow the teaching team to gauge students’ understanding and focus support where required. The teaching team can also offer formative mock exams which will be carried out in-class and/or offered over a timed session via a Module Moodle page. These should mimic exam conditions and difficulties and will help prepare students for the summative exam.