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Module

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
  • Other Staff: Miss Amy Kinsman
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials110:305:30Non-synchronous - Matlab: Introduction Materials/Demos
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials30:301:30Non-synchronous - Arduino: Introduction briefing lectures/demos
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials60:303:00Non-synchronous - Industry Awareness: Information/Guides
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:302:00Non-synchronous - Careers: Information/Guidance Material
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials10:300:30Non-synchronous - Enterprise: Introduction to Enterprise Talk
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:302:00Non-Synchronous - Enterprise: Information Lectures.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Computer Skills: Assessment Exercises
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion33:009:00Professional Development Portfolio
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP - Arduino: Lab Practical
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities91:009:00Non-Synchronous - Matlab: Exercises/learning activities
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities32:006:00Non-synchronous - Careers Skills: for professional development
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading13:003:00Non-synchronous - Industry research: careers/elements etc.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00PiP - Arduino: Equip Familiarisation Workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Synchronous - Enterprise: Interactive Group Workshops.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Synchronous - Enterprise: Group Workshop (Portfolio)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00Recommended regular personal study.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time10:300:30Synchronous - Module Introduction Talk
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Programming and computing skills build on the previous Stage 1 content with consolidation/practice exercises throughout. Learning is assessed with engineering-focussed programming assignment and backed up with microcontroller hardware implementation and software control lab task.
The other elements of the module and assessment focus on the "softer skills" that graduates will require for professional employment and are delivered at Stage 2 to prepare students for placement and graduate job seeking. These elements are assessed as part of a personal Professional Development Portfolio. This contains elements of self-reflection - analysis of current skills and characteristics, along with an identification of gaps in professional development and research into means by which gas could be filled. This portfolio includes CV, Application Letters, Mock Interview Recordings and evidence of a development of Entrepreneurial and Team Working Skills.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M40Assessed professional development Portfolio - Completed across year incl. CV, Covering Letter, Mock Interview, Enterprise
Computer assessment2M60Computing Skills - assessed MATLAB programming exercise & Arduino hardware implementation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Computing skills are assessed in practice through lab-based hardware programming and computer-based software tasks. Assignment is handed out in Semester 1, but finished and submitted in Semester 2.
Employability and enterprise are assessed by evidence gathered within the Professional Development Portfolio as appropriate to these particular skills. Professional Development Portfolio, assessment for this module is completed throughout both semesters.

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