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

Module aims

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.


Learning outcomes

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.

Module syllabus

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.

Teaching methods

Allocation of study hours  
Lectures 10
Group teaching 4
Lab/ practical 24
Other scheduled  
Independent study 87
Total hours 125
ECTS ratio 25


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

Reading list

Core reading

Supplementary Reading

Module leaders

Dr Julie Varley