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SFY0008 : IT and Communications

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ben Wetenhall
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of the module are:
A1: to introduce team working, problem solving, record keeping and presentation of results.
A2: to introduce Microsoft WORD and EXCEL for Engineering applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

The contents of the course will include: Maintaining a log book to record module activities; Problem solving; Time and meeting management; Research skills, identifying, reviewing and using references; presentations of set and self chosen topics; Group design project; Use of WORD to create a document containing words, graphics, tables, engineering drawings. Use of EXCEL to solve several mathematical and engineering problems; demonstration of a commerical finite element software.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Sem 2 Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Sem 1 Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:00Sem 2 Practicals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0052:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures are designed to deliver the theories and their relation to the current practice and to explain the use of major techniques (IKO1 – IKO7).

Practical sessions and private study and research to complete assigned tasks demonstrating learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation51M8N/A
Oral Presentation51M12N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log1M15Log Book
Report1M15Team Report
Portfolio2M505 x written assignments each worth 10%
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework assessment requirements map the learning outcomes. The log book, record keeping, oral and written presentations from the Communication elements test the student learning outcomes.

Reading Lists