Engineering

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ECM1200 - Core Engineering (2019)

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MODULE TITLECore Engineering CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODEECM1200 MODULE CONVENERDr Raffaele Vinai (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 2 2 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

An engineer is a problem-solver, and this varied module will give you a taster of the skills you need to analyse a range of engineering problems. You will acquire knowledge of materials, structures and mechanics, which will enable you to experience the multidisciplinary nature of engineering practice and every area of this module provides a vital grounding for civil engineering.

Understanding how a building responds when subjected to a force is vital when designing strong and reliable structures. Part of this module therefore examines the theory of loading structures interwoven with a series of practical experiments on static and dynamic loading. Coupled with the materials elements of the module, this gives you a foundation applicable across the range of engineering topics.

By the end of the year you will be equipped with the skills to progress to more advanced courses and be able to deal with more complex problems. This module is assessed equally by examination and coursework with lab practicals and tutorials.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module will give you a fundamental knowledge of materials, structures and mechanics, which provide a foundation for further study in these areas. It also consolidates a common knowledge base, and begins the development of a learning methodology appropriate to a professional engineer.

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. develop an understanding of the principles of statics and dynamics
2. carry out kinematic and kinetic analyses on simple mechanical systems
3. solve basic problems in statics and dynamics, using free body diagrams, force balance equations, Newton's laws of motion, and energy methods
4. understand the fundamental principles underlying and correlating structure, processing, properties and performance of materials
5. demonstrate a knowledge of key properties of different classes of materials and their use in civil engineering
6. understand the basic sustainability concepts for civil engineering materials.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

7. utilise laboratory equipment correctly and safely, to make simple measurements
8. record and interpret the results of laboratory experiments
9. apply theoretical models to practical problems

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

10. write clear accounts (of laboratory experiments)
11. carry out directed private study using textbooks, and other provided resources
12. set out workings demonstrating solution of problems using theoretical models

 

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

I. Mechanics

 - Forces and Free-body Diagrams

 - Moments

 - Objects and Structures in Equilibrium

 - Friction

 - Straight Line/Curvilinear Motion

 - Force, Mass and Acceleration

 - Energy Methods

 - Momentum Methods

 II. Materials

 - Introduction to Materials

 - Elastic Moduli and Poisson’s Ratio

 - Bonding between Atoms and Their Packing in Solids

 - Physical Basis of Young’s Modulus

 - Yield and Tensile Strength

 - Dislocations and Yielding

 - Strengthening Methods and Plasticity

 - Friction and Wear

 - Thermal Properties

 - Oxidation and Corrosion of Materials

 - General Processing and Applications of Materials

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 84.00 Guided Independent Study 216.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 44 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20 Laboratories
Guided independent study 216 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
Questions Sheets   1-6 Corrected and discussed in groups
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – Closed book (Mechanics) 35 1.5 hrs 1-3 Marking
Written exam – Closed book (Materials) 35 1.5 hrs 4-6 Marking
Coursework – TMA 1 (Mechanics) 15 4 hours 1-3,7-12 Marked and returned to student
Coursework – TMA 2 (Materials) 15 4 hours 4-6,7-12 Marked and returned to student
         

 

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-assessment
Mechanics assessments above Written exam – Reassessment Paper B – Mechanics (50%) 1-3 August Ref/Def period
Materials assessments above Written exam – Reassessment Paper B – Materials (50%) 4-6 August Ref/Def period
       

 

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

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Callister, WD Materials Science and Engineering: an introduction 8th John Wiley & Sons 2007 978-0470505861 [Library]
Set Ashby & Jones Engineering materials 1 : an introduction to their properties, applications and design Electronic 2012 0750663812 [Library]
Set Bedford A & Fowler W Engineering Mechanics - Statics & Dynamics Principles Prentice-Hall 2003 9780130082091 [Library]
Set Nelson, E W et al Schaum's outlines Engineering Mechanics Statics Mc Graw Hill 2010 978-0071632379 [Library]
Set Nelson, E W et al Schaum's outlines Engineering Mechanics Dynamics MC Graw Hill 2011 978-0071632379 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 4 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mechanics; statics; dynamics; materials; material selection.