Detailed module information
Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.
The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.
Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook, for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.
Professional Engineering Skills 1
This module develops a range of skills necessary for the role of the professional engineer. This includes report writing, use and maintenance of an accurate log book, data and error analysis including appropriate statistical techniques, an introduction to professional and ethical conduct, laboratory practice in materials, thermofluids and mechatronics.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Explain the responsibility of a professional engineer to employers, customers and society.
2. Explain the concept of risk and its assessment.
3. Compose careful, complete and systematic records of laboratory work.
4. Calculate errors and uncertainties using appropriate methods.
5. Perform experiments, following a written procedure, using key equipment to make appropriate calculations and solve realistic, open engineering problems.
6. Analyse data collected, apply theory to one’s own experimental measurements, evaluate results and draw conclusions.
7. Create technical reports to justify experimental study, record procedures in the laboratory, communicate results and make concise robust conclusions.
Report writing; keeping an accurate log book; data and error analysis including appropriate statistical techniques; introduction to professional and ethical conduct; materials, thermofluids and mechatronics laboratory work; safety induction, IMechE introduction, introduction to Imperial College Careers Service (career options for Mechanical Engineering students and session to help optimise approach to team work) unconscious bias and active bystander training.
|Allocation of study hours|
|Assessment type||Assessment description||Weighting||Grading method||Pass mark||Must pass?|
|Practical||Assessment of mechatronics practical skills||20%||Numeric||40%||N|
|Coursework||Introductory laboratory based case study write up||30%||40%||N|
|Coursework||Log book assessment||5%||40%||N|
|Coursework||Materials laboratory write up||15%||40%||N|
|Coursework||Thermodynamics laboratory write up||15%||40%||N|
|Coursework||Fluid Mechanics laboratory write up||15%||40%||N|
Dealing with uncertainties (chapter 4) in "Experimental methods : an introduction to the analysis and presentation of data" / Les Kirkup.
Statistical approach to variability in data (chapter 5) in "Experimental methods : an introduction to the analysis and presentation of data" / Les Kirkup.
An introduction to error analysis : the study of uncertainties in physical measurements / John R. Taylor.
2nd ed., University Science Books
4th ed. Int. ed., McGraw-Hill