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.

Engineering in a Commercial Environment

Module aims

To provide an awareness and basic understanding of some of the non-engineering  aspects that will be encountered by professional engineers working in a professional environment.  The main topics include: engineering finance; project management;ethics and professional responsibillity; and intellectual property

Learning outcomes

 To understand the range of responsibilities of a professional engineer; To understand how organisations and projects are financed and investment decisions made; To understand the difficulties of managing projects and provide some tools for planning and managing projects; To understand the importance of ethical standards and be able to discuss some example ethical situatIons; To understand the imts protection.

Module syllabus

Introduction to professional engineering roles and responsibilities; Financing organisations; financing projects and appraising investment; Pricing products and contracts; Projects and their challenges; phases of a project; project teams; project management tools; Engineering ethics; systems of ethics; Ethics and responsibility in engineering practice; Intellectual property and its protection; innovation strategy

Teaching methods

Allocation of study hours
Lectures   20
Group teaching   10
Lab/ practical    
Other scheduled    
Independent study   120
Total Hours   150
ECTS ratio   25.00


Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Grading Method Pass mark
Examination 3 Hour examination (answer 4 long questions 100% Numeric 40%

Module leaders

Professor David Nowell