ENG06060 2016 Introduction to Engineering

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Engineering
Transcript Title
Introduction to Engineering
75 %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Donal Lyons
Programme Membership
SG_BINTE_F06 202000 Level 6 Certificate in International Foundation Studies

The aim of this module is to provide candidates with a basic knowledge of physical quantities relevant to a variety of engineering disciplines.  Topics covered include motion, force, pressure, heat, sound, and light. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of physical quantities and specify appropriate units for these quantities.


Define quantities relating to kinematics and apply the equations of motion to solve problems.


State Newton's laws of motion and apply these laws in the solution of elementary problems.


State the laws of fluids and solve problems relating to fluids under pressure.


State thermometric properties of materials and perform heat calculations.


Identify the characteristics of sound waves/light waves and discuss technological applications.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered via weekly lectures.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will feature ongoing continuous assessment.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat candidates will be required to attend for a repeat examination.

Indicative Syllabus

Physical Quantities

Displacement, velocity, acceleration, mass, density, force, pressure, and work.


Velocity and Acceleration

Distance and displacement; graphs relating distance, time, and speed; linear velocity; acceleration; equations of motion.



Mass and force; momentum; Newton’s laws of motion.



Density; variation of pressure with depth in a liquid; properties of fluid pressure; measurement of gauge pressure.



Temperature; thermometric properties; use of thermometric properties to measure temperature; states of matter; conduction, convection, and radiation.



Mechanical waves; general characteristics of waves; characteristics of sound waves; speed of sound in different media; characteristics of notes; technological applications of sound waves.



Wave nature of light; wave phenomena; wavelength and colour; electromagnetic spectrum; applications of light from the various classes of the electromagnetic spectrum in science and technology.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2000 Real World Physics Folens

Recommended Reading
2015 Engineering Science Longman

Recommended Reading
1999 Mechanical Engineering Science Prentice-Hall

Recommended Reading
2013 Leaving Cert Physics Educate.ie

Module Resources