Engineering

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ECM1206 - Professional Studies and Skills Development B (2019)

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MODULE TITLEProfessional Studies and Skills Development B CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM1206 MODULE CONVENERDr Sean Carroll (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 4 4 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
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 PSSD A.

You will select an independent study project based upon case studies from your employer’s projects, and submit a portfolio of study 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. 

The module includes 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. You will continue to reflect on your experiences by keeping a logbook or journal of your findings both within the module and through work-based activities.

Prerequisite module: ECM1203 Professional Studies and Skills Development A 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 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.

 

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 independently study a specific topic

2 analyse and solve an engineering problem in groups specific to the group discipline

3 independently complete an individual CAD exercise

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

4 apply core mechanical engineering theoretical concepts to solve engineering problems

5 incorporate theoretical analysis into the design process

6 use CAD to communicate an engineering design

 

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

7 write concise technical reports

8 monitor your own progress

9 set realistic targets

10 modify your targets and learning strategies appropriately

11 employability skills such as documenting and planning your personal development

12 make technical presentations

 

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; design and make exercise; mini projects; self study of computer software packages

In the EDAs, you are presented with an engineering challenge and tasked with developing a solution by applying core engineering concepts and theory. EDAs are completed in groups and should mirror the collaborative teamwork environment found in engineering industry.  

The independent study task requires you to identify a suitable project from your employer’s portfolio to study. Your individual investigation will focus on the engineering challenges encountered and how these were overcome. You are encouraged to source primary information sources by identifying and discussing the project with the relevant people from within your employer organisation.   

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 40.00 Guided Independent Study 110.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 4 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 36 Group work on EDAs
Guided independent study 110 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
       
       
       
       
       
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Independent project report 30 15 page limit 1, 7, 8, 9, 10 Feedback through EBART
Independent project presentation & competency map 30 15 minute presentation 11, 12 Feedback through EBART
EDA 1 10 Completed during residential 2 - 6 Feedback through EBART
EDA 2 10 Completed during residential 2 - 6 Feedback through EBART
EDA 3 10 Completed during residential 2 - 6 Feedback through EBART
EDA 4 10 Completed during residential 2 - 6 Feedback through EBART

 

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
All above Coursework (100%) All Completed over the summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

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 Smith, N.J Engineering Project Management 3rd edition Blackwell Science 2008 978-1405168021 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM1203
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 5 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 09 March 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 18 September 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Design; scaled model; professional engineering