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MEC2008 : Mechanical Engineering Professional Skills II

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Peter Chapman
  • Lecturer: Dr Francis Franklin, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile
  • 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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials110:305:30Non-Synchronous Online (Semester 2) MATLAB background lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Target non-timetable hours to complete computing coursework tasks and assignment submissions
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:302:00Non-Synchronous Online (Semester 2) Arduino introduction and background lecture materials
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:302:00Non-Synchronous Online (Semester 1) Professional Development/Careers background materials.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Target non-timetable hrs to comp Prof Development Portfolio and interview Preparation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00(PiP ) Student interviews by Industrialists
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical112:0022:00(PiP) Computing Practicals including weekly exercises.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00(PiP) Arduino practical – hardware implementation task.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00(PiP) Guided tutorial session outlining and working through programming examples.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:3032:30Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PiP Introduction to all aspects of the module
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-focused 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.

Where situations might require alternative arrangements to PiP delivery, then in person lecture sessions will be delivered to students via an online synchronous mode and practical content will occur using online software and virtual simulation where necessary. It will be possible to accommodate a remote platform for mock interviews in a similar manner to recent years.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M60Computing Skills - assessed MATLAB programming exercise & Arduino hardware implementation
Prof skill assessmnt1M40Assessed professional development Portfolio - Completed across semester incl. CV, Covering Letter, Mock Interview.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MCV & Cover Letter Learning Tests online quiz providing immediate formative feedback and assessing of learning.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Employability and wider professional skills 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 Semester 1.

Computing skills assessed in practice through lab-based hardware programming & computer-based software tasks.

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