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MEC8080 : Core Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Francis Franklin
  • Lecturer: Mr Peter Chapman
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0



Outline Of Syllabus

1. Revision of statics and stress analysis theory.
2. Introduction to scientific computation and data visualisation using MATLAB and Python: solving differential equations and creating animations.
3. CAD design and assembly using inventor.
4. Research skills, group work and presenting.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00(PiP) Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Formative online assessment preparation and completion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of block examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching242:0048:00(PiP) Computer cluster sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00(PiP) Tutorial sessions
Guided Independent StudyProject work110:0010:00Dissertation related reading
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity180:0080:00Independent study time to reflect on teaching and practise computing skills.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity130:0030:00Group based coursework
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide a solid, common core of engineering fundamentals; drop-in sessions to allow students to tackle specific problems. Self study time for learning engineering software that will be used in other modules and in project work; and chances to apply core engineering skills through computer programming. Group activities will be organised around general research topics to give students experience of doing library and internet searches; and time will be given to explore potential topics for individual projects that will run during the year.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation201M40Online group presentation to the whole cohort on an engineering topic.
Digital Examination1001M60Computer-based assessment with a mixture of mechanics theory and programming tasks.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Digital Examination1MComputer based assessment with feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online group presentations will cover a wide range engineering topics and encourage group work and interaction, as well as testing presentation skills.

The computer-based exam will incorporate several of the skills taught during the module.

Reading Lists