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 2

Module aims

This module develops a range of skills necessary for the role of the professional engineer. This includes consolidation of skills in data collection and recording and in writing a technical reports; familiarisation with key equipment, processes, data analysis and application of theory for laboratory experiments in mechatronics, materials, stress analysis, dynamics and thermofluids. The module also develops skills in making short technical presentation making appropriate use of software and audio-visual equipment. A major topic of study is Management and Business for Engineers, including basic insights into the key roles of management in manufacturing firms; how roles relate to the task environments that students will face in their future careers, and give valuable insights on how to cope with different management problems.  

ECTS units: 5

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Carry out laboratory experiments using key equipment and processes in mechatronics, materials, stress analysis, dynamics and thermofluids.

2. Keep careful, complete and systematic records of laboratory work.

3. Demonstrate skills in data collection, recording and analysis and application of theory for laboratory experiments in mechatronics, materials, stress analysis, dynamics and thermofluids

4. Work effectively in a small group to carry out laboratory experiments following a written procedure and produce a joint report.

5. Write concise, technical reports to justify experimental study, record procedures in the laboratory, clearly communicate results and make concise robust conclusions.

6. Present a short technical presentation making appropriate use of software and audio-visual equipment

7. Discuss theories, frameworks, and methods to support real-world management and leadership challenges in uncertain environments.

8. Demonstrate decision making skills and personal development strategies that help address key organizational and management issues in engineering enterprises.    

Module syllabus

Laboratory sessions & report writing

Technical Presentation Skills

Management and Business for Engineers:

Introduction to management and project management

Motivation

Teams

Leadership

Decision making under uncertainty

Ethical issues in management (ALT: Decision making under uncertainty II)

Organizational and management design

Strategic management

Change management

Personal development               

Pre-requisites

 ME1-HPEN

Teaching methods

Allocation of study hours Hours
Lectures 11
Group teaching 5
Lab/ practical 24
Other scheduled  
Independent study 85
Placement  
Total hours 125
ECTS ratio 25

Assessments

Assessments      
Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Pass mark
Practical Assessment of mechatronics practical skills 10% 40%
Coursework Assessment of technical presentation 10% 40%
Coursework Log book assessment 8% 40%
Coursework Materials laboratory write up 8% 40%
Coursework Thermofluids laboratory write up 8% 40%
Coursework Stress Analysis laboratory write up 8% 40%
Coursework Dynamics laboratory write up 8% 40%
Examination MCQ test prior to each MBE session 13% 40%
Practical MBE Group presentations 12% 40%
Coursework MBE Final essay 15% 40%