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MEC2008 : Mechanical Engineering Professional Skills II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Peter Chapman
  • Lecturer: Dr Francis Franklin, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Miss Katie Wray
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enable students to develop software, employability and business enterprise skills appropriate for professional mechanical engineers.

Outline Of Syllabus

Further development of IT and computing to support engineering applications.
Introduction to professional employability and career development.
Awareness of the industrial and business enterprise context of engineering.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submissions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Computing Lectures.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:00Computing Practicals including weekly assessed exercises.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Student Interviews by Industrialists
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops83:0024:00Business Enterprise and preparation for CV and interview sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Industrial Visits and subsequent presentations.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0031:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

IT and computing builds on the previous Stage 1 content with skills assessed in class as they are practised for immediate feedback. The other elements focus on the "soft skills" graduates will require for professional employment and are delivered at Stage 2 to prepare students for placement and graduate job seeking. These elements are also assessed in-class but preparation and team organisation time out of class is also required.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302M10Team presentation on industrial visit.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Submitted CV and interview.
Computer assessment1M50Weekly computing class exercises.
Design/Creative proj2M20Trade fair where students create a stand to engage industry, academics & students with business concepts. Takes place over 3 hrs.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

IT and computing skills are assessed as they are practised through regular exercises with rapid in-class formative feedback. Employability and enterprise are assessed by individual or team personal presentations as appropriate to these particular skills.

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