ENG06072 2019 Introduction to Engineering

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Engineering
Transcript Title
Introduction to Engineering
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
MECT - Mechatronics
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gabriel Smith, Kathryn Ryan, Robert Craig, Louise O'Gorman, Paul Ferry, David McMoreland
Programme Membership
SG_EELCO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_EMECL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EPREC_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EMECL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EMTRN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EGENE_X07 201700 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in General SG_EMTRN_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EGENE_X06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in General SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_EELCO_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EELEC_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Engineering in Electronics and Automotive AI

The overall aim of this module is to:

(a) Excite and motivate new engineering students about their chosen field of study.

(b) Clarify the student's understanding of the nature of engineering and the tasks and responsibilities of an engineer.

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

(d) Utilise 'design and build' projects to promote early success in engineering practice, to introduce discipline-specific material and to outline the integration of subjects on engineering programmes of study.

(e) Demonstrate that problem solving can be fun, educational and enriching.

(f) 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


Contribute as a positive, cooperative and complementary team member in the planning and implementation of projects and problem solving exercises.


Utilize basic system building skills to determine solutions to basic "design & build" projects, appropriate to engineering disciplines.


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

presenting information




Outline general engineering practice and the particular operational practices of their chosen discipline


Develop a Personal Development Plan

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In addition to the normal practical classes, Engineers working in industry will be invited as guest lecturers and site visits to companies will be arranged, where possible.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment will involve:

Assessment of formal presentations of project activities and project solutions.

Assessments of project reports.

Competition performance, production of posters, peer/self assessment, on-line surveys.

 Word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software will be used throughout.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Attend

Indicative Syllabus

1. Identification and allocation of a range of mini projects (ice-breaker, multidisciplinary, discipline specific).  Project brief, objectives, clarifications, deliverables.

2. Team skills and roles, stages in team building, running effective teams, consensus building and conflict resolution.

3. Problem identification and formulation, analytical reasoning, application of core engineering fundamental knowledge, problem solving.

4. Creative processes, evolution, synthesis, revolution, changing direction.

5. The design process, discipline specific approaches, design for sustainability, safety, aesthetics, operability, and other objectives, design documentation.

6. Project management and implementation, discipline specific hardware and software considerations, manufacture and building of parts, structures and processes.

7. Verbal communication skills; planning an oral presentation, structuring information, presenting non verbal communication, overheads, PowerPoint, dealing with Q/A sessions, functions of non verbal communication.

8. Written communication, writing executive summaries and abstracts, report formats, document preparation, letter writing.

9. Computing skills, searching and browsing the internet, correct use of and reliability of information, word processing, spread sheet, presentation and image editing software.

10. Role and responsibility engineers, impact of engineering on society and the environment, ethics, integrity and social responsibility.

11. Personal development planning, time management, goal setting, reflection, working in groups, reflection.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Common practical 1 Practical Group Project 25 % Week 4 1,2,3
2 Common practical 2 Practical Group Project 25 % Week 8 3,4,6
3 Common Practical 3 Practical Group Project 25 % Week 12 2,3,4
4 Discipline specific project Project Assignment 25 % OnGoing 5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Problem Based Learning Room Common projects 3 Weekly 3.00
Practical Not Specified Discipline Specific project 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Other Resources

For the common group projects a dedicated room will be be required.