Engineering Project 1 module (EG11005)

This module is designed as an exciting introduction to problem solving and critical thinking skills which can be applied to science and engineering projects.

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The aims of the module are to give students the ability to appreciate the processes involved in engineering and scientific projects, while working in small multi-disciplinary teams under minimum supervision. They will develop essential communication skills in engineering drawing and sketching, essential computer skills, basic project management and reporting skills and an appreciation of Health and Safety concepts and risk assessment.

This module is preparatory for the Engineering Project II module in Semester II, where students will also work in groups.

Core contents includes:

  1.  introduction to civil, mechanical, electrical engineering and renewable energy;
  2.  IT skills encompassing word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and introduction to CAD software;
  3.  communication of engineering data between disciplines and effective teamworking;
  4.  reading, researching, collating information;
  5.  project planning and time management;
  6.  oral presentation;
  7.  conceptual design work for Semester 2 material;
  8.  risk assessment (of project work)

This module is an exciting and engaging introduction to the world of engineering and scientific projects. It is perfect if you are interested in learning about the processes involved in engineering projects and working in small multi-disciplinary teams under minimal supervision.

Student teams will build a scaled model of a wind turbine of which they will need to design and manufacture the turbine blades and select appropriate gearing and motor configuration to generate the maximum power output when exposed to a set wind speed.

If you are interested in learning about the exciting world of engineering and how to develop problem solving skills then this module is perfect for you and will set you up for a rewarding career in science and engineering!

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • gain a solid foundation in the essential skills required for undertaking engineering and scientific projects
  • develop Microsoft Office skills
  • learn basic project management and team communication
  • acquire reporting skills
  • gain an appreciation of ethics
  • develop awareness of equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • learn about implementing sustainability
  • understand health and safety concepts
  • learn to prepare risk assessments
  • understand collaboration; roles and responsibilities; decision-making processes; group dynamics; effective communication channels; leadership and motivation

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the different stages involved in undertaking an engineering project
  • complete an contribute to a group project
  • interact effectively with other members of a multi-disciplinary group for fostering a collaborative environment where team members complement each other’s skills
  • communicate effectively based on audience (team members, stakeholders, clients)
  • understand leadership styles and their impact on team dynamics
  • explore strategies for motivating team members, setting goals, and maintaining morale
  • learn how effective leadership contributes to project success

understand the concepts of equity, diversity and inclusion, recognising unconscious bias and promoting inclusive practices

Assignments / assessment:

  • Online multiple choice quiz
    • Professional Engineering Skills (EDI, Sustainability, and Ethics) (MAB 001) (30%)
  • Two assessed reports
    • Project Management Skills (MAB 002) (30%)
    • IT Skills Report (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) (MAB 003) (40%)

Note that to pass the module you must achieve the following:

  • minimum of 30% in each individual component
  • minimum of 40% when all components are combined

This module does not have a final exam

Teaching methods / timetable:

EG11005 is a 20 credit module which corresponds to 200 hours of student time. Since there are approx. 60 hours of contact time (campus seminars, laboratories and workshops and related learning materials), this leaves you with roughly 140 hours for personal private study which should include recommended reading, annotation of your lecture notes, and preparation of assessments.

Week Topic
1 Introduction to the Engineering Profession (Biomedical, Civil, and Mechanical)
2 Ethics, and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion training
3 Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, and good lab practice
4 Sustainability and Renewable Technology for Practical Laboratory 1
5 Practical Group Laboratory 2
6 Practical Group Laboratory 3
7 Final Testing of Wind turbine and data analysis 4
8 IT Skills Word 1
9 IT Skills Word 2
10 IT Skills Excel 1
11 IT Skills Excel 2
12 IT Skills Powerpoint


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