Engineering

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ECM2112 - Professional Studies and Skills Development 2 (2015)

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MODULE TITLEProfessional Studies and Skills Development 2 CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2112 MODULE CONVENERDr Matthew Baker (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 12 weeks 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 172
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Using both independent and group projects, this module aims to help you to develop a range of transferable and practical design skills essential to all engineers.  This course continues the study initiated in ECM1101.
 

Two of the activities you participated in during the ECM1101 module count toward this module. Accordingly, you will deliver the “Observation, Recording and Commenting” report at the end of the third tem, and you will write the “Mechanical Disassembly/Assembly” report during the summer break.


You will select an independent study project, and submit a weekly checklist and a final self-assessment using targets, processes, and outcomes.   In the Independent Study part of this course, there are no formal lectures, other than some preliminary planning sessions.  You will devise your own project plan for your independent study, in consultation with a nominated advisor. 


Matlab is a powerful software/language, and is very useful in helping you to formalise and solve engineering problems. You will receive an introduction to its operation and facilities and are encouraged to use it in the independent project and EDA.


The module also includes mechanical, electronic and civil Engineering Design Activities (EDAs) conducted in a group setting, involving the application of engineering principles to the solution of practical problems. These EDAs provide useful experience of project team work, real engineering design, and practical construction skills.


Prerequisite module: ECM1101 or equivalent
 

AIMS - intentions of the module

The principal aim of this module is to enable you to develop a wide range of transferable skills, as well as practical design skills, essential to all engineers. The task you choose will improve your independent learning skills, while the reports you write will strengthen your written communication skills. The module also includes mechanical, electronic and civil Engineering Design Activities (EDAs), involving the application of engineering principles to the solution of practical problems. These EDAs provide useful experience of project team working, real engineering design, practical construction skills, self-organisation and report writing.

 

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 U1, U3, E1, E2, E3, D1, D2, D3, D4, D6, S1, S2, S3, S4, P1, P2 and P5. 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 http://www.engc.org.uk

 

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 recognise the scope of engineering activity taking place in UK industry;
2 use specific discipline related skills associated with the task chosen for Independent Study.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
3 apply simple theory to unfamiliar situations as an aid to solving problems;
4 employ matlab to solve model systems;
5 comprehend the importance of proper design and use of theory.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
6 direct your own learning on set topics with minimal guidance;
7 write coherent accurate reports on various topics;
8 function appropriately in a team in the allocation and execution of tasks;
9 demonstrate time management skills through planning an independent learning project spread over many months;
10 set appropriate independent learning goals.

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

There is a wide range of Independent Study Tasks, which may involve:

 

- inter alia;
- individual assignments for in depth study;
- mini projects;
- self study of computer software packages;
- learning the use of MATLAB.

 

In the EDAs, you are taken through a cycle of design, theoretical prediction, construction and testing:
- mechanical EDA: truss systems and the use of free body diagrams in general;
- electronics EDA: building and testing a useful device. You have a free choice for your design, depending on the components available. Recent examples have included devices capable of detecting sound, light, or a predefined sequence of light pulses and temperature;
- civil EDA: design, fabrication and load testing of a model girder for a railway bridge.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 50.00 Guided Independent Study 100.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 6 Lectures (Project, MATLAB)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 12 MATLAB Lab
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 12 Laboratory/EDA
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10 Mechanical assembly/disassembly report
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10 Observation, recording and commenting report
Guided independent study 100 Guided independent study

 

ASSESSMENT
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
Project review      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – independent study task inclduing CAD 76 120 hours, self directed 1-6,8-10 Direct feedback during presentation or comments on extended reports
Coursework – EDAs; group presentation and/or written report 12 by either 20 minutes presentation or 10-20 A4 pages 3,5,7,8 Direct feedback + comments on reports
Coursework - MATLAB 12 During Practicals 3,4 Direct feedback
         
         

 

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
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

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.

RESOURCES
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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk
 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Smith, N.J Engineering Project Management 3rd edition Blackwell Science 2008 978-1405168021 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM1101
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 09 January 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Project management; individual project.