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 3

Module aims

This module is comprised of two parts: (a) Engineering in a commercial environment which 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. (b) A literature research project which aims to develop efficient use of the extensive facilities available for research on a given subject, to develop a critical attitude to information sources, an ethical attitude to attributing them and a systematic method for citing them and to stimulate interest in a given engineering-related, technical subject by studying it in depth

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate tools for planning and managing projects
2. Explain the importance of ethical standards and be able to discuss some example ethical situatons 
3. Explain the importance of intellectual property and its protection.
4. Critique the overall state of knowledge on a topic of direct relevance to mechanical engineering.
5. Summarise the ideas of others in original language and with full attribution in standard (e.g. Harvard) form
6. Differentiate between literature of reliable and unreliable provenance
7. Synthesise information from a wide range of sources into a coherent review
8. Synthesise selected information to arrive at appropriate conclusions on a technical subject of relevance to Mechanical Engineering

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

Literature Research Project (LRP)


Examination 3 Hour exam 50% 40%
Coursework Literature Research Project 50% 40%