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ECM1101 - Professional Studies and Skills Development 1 (2015)

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MODULE TITLEProfessional Studies and Skills Development 1 CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM1101 MODULE CONVENERDr Matthew Baker (Coordinator)
DURATION: WEEKS 11 weeks 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 202
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

When developing a new product, engineers create scaled models to test the performance of their designs. This hands on module gives you the chance to design, manufacture and test a scaled model of a water wheel part. In the process, you will learn a whole spectrum of engineering techniques, and develop a range of personal and professional skills that will stand you in good stead in the world of work. 


Working in groups, you will then progress through all the stages of engineering a new artefact, from the concept and computer design stages, through to manufacturing the prototype. Finally, your model will be up against those of the other groups on competition day, when lecturers will test the models and award a prize for the best.


This module will introduce you to engineering software SolidWorks and broaden your experience with AutoCAD and Excel. Speakers from engineering institutions also visit to present the benefits of joining their professional bodies.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The purpose of this module is to develop a range of transferable professional and personal skills that will enhance your study experience at university and improve your career prospects. These include written communication and oral presentation skills and teamwork ability. You will also gain experience in engineering design and get to grips with technical lab work.


This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).


This module correlates to references U3, E1, E2, E3, E4, D1, D4, D5, D6, S1, S4, P1, P2, P4 and P7. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:


Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 accurately sketch engineering products, and create simple engineering drawings using computer software;
2 produce simple 3D mechanical models using a computer.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
3 use software to construct and solve simple mathematical models;
4 carry out basic manufacturing and testing procedures safely in a mechanical or electronic workshop;
5 appreciate the necessity for a sound knowledge of fundamental engineering theory;
6 show an awareness of principles of good design, demonstrate basic design skills, and incorporate those principles through all stages, from concept to manufacture.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
7 exemplify improved ability to work as part of a team, and to assess your own and others skills and performances;
8 communicate effectively and accurately both orally and in writing, and have the ability to make technical oral presentations;
9 work independently, using skills such as time management, monitoring your own progress, setting realistic targets, reflecting on the effectiveness of your learning strategies and modifying your targets and learning strategies appropriately;
10 provide constructive feedback to teaching staff;
11 carry out research using the Internet and technical literature;
12 demonstrate a basic understanding of health and safety issues in the workplace.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- team skills;

- study and learning strategies;

- oral and written communications skills;

- presentation skills;

- basics of engineering drawing;

- computer aided drawing;

- health and safety in labs, workshops and site visits;

- mechanical and electronic workshop practice;

- lectures on Excel with associated practical work;

- engineering design activities: two electronic workshops and one mechanical workshop( all these activities are integrated within the hydro group projects;

- final manufacture of the hydro group designs.

Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 88.00 Guided Independent Study 62.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 58 Laboratories
Guided independent study 62 Lecture preparation; wider reading


FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method

Not applicable

Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework - SolidWorks assignment 1 7 1 SolidWords model 2 Feedback sheet
Coursework - SolidWorks assignment 2 7 1 SolidWords model 3 Feedback sheet
Coursework - Concept designs 6 Not applicable 1 Feedback sheet
Coursework - Engineering design drawings 10 Not applicable 1 Feedback sheet
Coursework - Electronic workshop 4 Not applicable 4 Feedback sheet
Coursework - Mechanical workshop 4 Not applicable 4 Feedback sheet
Coursework - Project manufacture and performance 12 Not applicable 6 Feedback sheet
Coursework - AutoCAD drawing 6 Not applicable 1 Feedback sheet
Coursework - Spreadsheet exercise 6 Not applicable 5 Feedback sheet
Coursework - Technical Writing 10 2 - 4 pages 8 Feedback sheet
Coursework - Group report 22 Not applicable 7 Feedback sheet
Practical - Technical presentation 6 10 minutes 8 Oral feedback is given immediately after the presentation by the marker


DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Coursework 100% All Completed over summer with a deadline in August



If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Simmons, C Maguire, D, Phelps, N Manual of Engineering Drawing to British and International Standards 3rd Newnes 2003 978-075-065-120-2 [Library]
Set Shrock, C. Fluid Mechanics Industrial Press 9780831133597 [Library]
Extended Hart, H. Introduction to engineering communication Prentice Hall 2005 978-0131461024 [Library]
Extended Hambley, Allen R Electrical Engineering: Principles and Applications Pearson 2010 9780132155168 [Library]
Extended Theodore Wildi Electrical Machines, Drives, And, Power Systems 6th Pearson International Edition 2006 10: 0131969188 [Library]
Extended Hughes, Edward., Hiley, John, Brown, Keith and Mackenzie Smith, Ian, Electrical and Electronic Technology, 10th Prentice Hall 2008 10: 0132060116 [Library]
Extended Hughes, A Electric motors and drives : fundamentals, types and applications Oxford : Newnes 1993 [Library]
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Monday 30 November 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Design; scaled model; wheel; water jet; prototype