COMM06049 2012 Introduction to 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
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
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.
- Team skills, stages in team building, running effective teams, consensus building and
conflict resolution, formal meetings
- Creative processes, evolution, synthesis, revolution, changing direction, perception
- Computing skills, searching and browsing the internet, correct use of and reliability of
information, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software
- 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
- Written communication, writing executive summaries and abstracts, report formats,
document preparation, letter-writing
6. Personal development planning: time management, goal setting, reflection, working in
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
|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
|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|
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Model building materials