COMM06049 2012 Introduction to Engineering

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Engineering
Transcript Title
Introduction to Engineering
75 %
Subject Area
COMM - Communication
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kathryn Ryan
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_EENVI_B07 201300 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering *** Copy *** SG_ECIVI_C06 201200 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 201400 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_EENVI_B07 201400 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering SG_ECIVI_H08 201400 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_EENVE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering

The module is designed to

(a) excite and motivate the learner about his/her chosen field of study

(b) clarify the student's understanding of the nature of engineering and what engineers do

(c) cultivate and develop key academic skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication, leadership,    knowledge discovery and system building skills

(d) instil an eagerness for independent and reflective learning

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate that problem solving is fun, educational and enriching


Display creative thinking and problem solving skills


Utilise appropriate technology and techniques for acquiring, processing, interpreting and

presenting information


Select the most appropriate medium of communication and communicate effectively in a variety of formats and using appropriate technology


Contribute as a positive, co-operative and complementary team member in the planning

and execution of projects and problem-solving exercises                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Develop a personal/professional development plan

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment will be through competition performance, production of  a poster and peer/self assessment through on-line surveys and a reflective journal


Word processing and spreadsheet software must be used throughout.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Team skills, stages in team building, running effective teams, consensus building and

          conflict resolution, formal meetings

  1. Creative processes, evolution, synthesis, revolution, changing direction, perception
  2. Computing skills, searching and browsing the internet, correct use of and reliability of

           information, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software

  1. Verbal communication skills; planning an oral presentation, structuring information,

          presenting, non-verbal communication, team choreography, overheads,

          power-point, dealing with Q/A sessions, functions of non-verbal communication

  1. Written communication, writing executive summaries and abstracts, report formats,

          document preparation, letter-writing

      6. Personal development planning: time management, goal setting, reflection, working in

          groups, reflection


Indicative practicals/projects:


1.   Non-technical design-build-test exercise to act as an ice-breaker and introduction to



2.  Prepare personal/professional development plan


3.  2/3 discipline specific projects e.g. in Civil Engineering

Build and test a model truss

Students will work in teams to design and construct a small scale model of a truss. The models will be compared and appraised in a lab and the designs refined. Students will be required produce a written report and present their findings.

Preliminary Site Assessment:

Carry out a site assessment on the college grounds. Students will work in teams and will examine trial and percolation holes on the college campus. This will require an accurate description of the subsoil layers in the trial hole and the topography of the site. Students will be required to make a video/short presentation of the examination and findings.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Complete personal and professional development plan Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 4,6
2 Group Project Competition performance, production of a poster/ instructional video Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 40 % Week 5 1,2,3,4,5
3 Performance Evaluation Peer/self assessment through on-line surveys, written report and presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5
4 Written Report Reflective journal Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Engineering Laboratory Model building/report preparation/ material testing 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Computer practical 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Preparation of personal plan/communication theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Preparation of personal plan, reports, presentations & meetings 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Horn, R.  2012,The Business Skills Handbook, 3rd Edition, London, CIPD.

Young, T. 2005, Technical Writing A-Z  (A Common sense Guide to Engineering Reports and Theses), New York, ASME Press.

DeVito, J, 2000, Human Communication, 8th Edition, New York, Longman

Hargie, O.& Dickson, D. 2004, Skilled Interpersonal Communication,4th Edition, London, Routledge.

Ober, S. 2003, Contemporary Business Communication, 5th Edition, New York, Houghton Mifflin.

Other Resources

Model building materials

Additional Information