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ENG1002 : Design and Professional Skills I

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Peter Gosling
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0


•       To introduce the concept of design, the process of design, approaches to design, and multi-disciplinary design.
•       To identify and deal with ethical issues related to an engineering situation and to recognise the ethical responsibilities of engineers.
•       To gain an awareness of programming languages, software tools and software development environments for design.
•       To give the students the opportunity to take knowledge gained from formal lectures in stage 1 and produce an innovative solution to a discipline-led, and multi-disciplinary design.
•       To develop awareness and understanding of systems: the inter-dependence of sub-systems dealt with in other themes, resource flows and life-cycles;
•       To integrate the knowledge and techniques developed in other themes within a single design case study;
•       To develop the ability to carry out conceptual design of components with recognition of their place and role in systems;
•       Review the requirements and produce conceptual designs for a small sustainable development, strongly linked to other themes.
•       Reflect on group working strategies throughout the project.
•       To develop transferable and graduate skills that will be essential throughout the student’s studies and career.
•       To enhance the students’ abilities in the presentation of scientific work, using both written and oral styles, providing formative feedback on the written work to support the requirements of other modules with a practical component.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Design and professionalism: covering topic areas such as: How to design? Principles of problem definition. Introduction to ethics in engineering and raising awareness of issues, obligations and responsibilities. Reflecting and critiquing of ethical issues. Group/team working strategies (including a residential activity during induction week).
•       Visualisation and communication – sketching design concepts and annotation, introduction to commercial computer-aided design and drafting software applications (e.g. AUTOCAD); introduction to commercial calculation and numerical computing applications (e.g Excel, MATLAB)
•       Computation – introduction to programme languages and computing methods for engineering applications. Introduction to software development, problem solving, algorithmisation. Programming languages, their syntax and semantics. Program development environment - introduction to C.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Structured delivery of syllabus. May include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Presentation on Ethics in Engineering
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Group technical paper
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion36:0018:00C, Matlab lab reports and CAD drawing exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Review of teaching materials.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading12:002:00Background reading on design integration.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading12:002:00Background reading on the principles of design across engineering disciplines
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading61:006:00MATLAB programming background reading and practice programming.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical123:0036:00Teaching of C programming MATLAB with exercises, CAD training
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading61:006:00C Programming background reading and practice programming.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading19:309:30Review of the design brief and understanding the context of the problem.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical123:0036:00Practical work in lab on general engineering design project
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity12:002:00Preparation for oral presentation on engineering topic, reflecting and critiquing ethical issues
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity14:004:00Preparation for Group poster presentation on completed design project
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00Regular personal study throughout teaching period, including background reading and revision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide stimulation, convey design concepts and ideas and provide instruction in the design process and in communication skills. Written reports and oral presentations allow students to learn about ethical issues and professional skills, while also providing opportunities for reflection and critical analysis.
Knowledge and understanding of core engineering sciences are provided by other compulsory modules and only the skills of applying them are practised and assessed in this module. The computer laboratory sessions provide the opportunity for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the practical construction and test activities.
The remainder of the time left in timetabled team sessions is designed for unsupervised student-led group learning to take place. Teams are also encouraged to meet and carry out tasks in their own time outside of the timetabled sessions, and this also contributes both to the estimated group learning total time and private study estimated time. Most of the intellectual, practical and transferable skills are developed further during group work and during additional private study

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination301M20Presentation on ethics in engineering.
Oral Presentation202M15Group poster presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M5C programming lab report. Max 3000 words
Computer assessment1M5Matlab programming lab report. Max 3000 words.
Computer assessment1M5CAD drawing exercise. Max 5 hours.
Case study2M5010-page technical group paper evidenced by portfolio
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The design project helps students to acquire skills in communicating their design ideas, concepts and solutions effectively.
Drawing skills are achieved through a CAD drawing exercise in Semester 1 and in the design project in Semester 2. Programming skills are achieved through C and Matlab programming experiments in the computing lab and submission of lab reports.
Professional skills are developed in Semester one through an investigation on ethical issues on a general engineering topic and an oral presentation. In Semester two, groups of students will submit a short technical paper on their design project and give a group poster presentation.
The problem-solving aspects of the assessment enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.

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