PHYS06006 2012 Engineering Science 101

General Details

Full Title
Engineering Science 101
Transcript Title
Engineering Science 101
N/A %
Subject Area
PHYS - Physics
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

This module has been designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of engineering science theory. The student will learn about mechanics, transfer of heat, fluid pressure, radiation and motion. He/she will become familiar with the operation of basic laboratory equipment, the gathering and analysis of experimental data and the safety concerns related to experimental work.

Learning Outcomes

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


Define the concepts used in kinematics, heat transfer and fluid pressure and use the associated concepts and laws to calculate unknown quantities


Explain why radioactivity occurs and outline the properties of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. Explain nuclear fusion and nuclear fission.  Determine the binding energy of an atom and the end product of various radioactive decay mechanisms.


Explain the difference between sound waves and light waves. Represent reflection using diagrams and explain refraction. Describe what happens when a noise is produced and explain the Doppler Effect. Calculate the sound frequency when the source is approaching and moving away from the observer and determine the sound level when a number of sound sources are present.


Define voltage, current, resistance and power. Calculate the resistance of resistors in parallel or in series.


Use standard laboratory equipment and perform as a team member in the execution, compilation, analysis and interpretation of laboratory experiments


Compile and report, in both written and oral form, using word and excel, the results and conclusions of laboratory work

Module Assessment Strategies

1. 1 hour written continuous assessment exam mid-semester

2. 2 hour written final exam

3. Submission of practical copy

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Explanation of the fundamental and derived units of measurements, difference between scalar and vector units.  Newton’s Laws. Basic definitions of the fundamental properties used in Engineering Science.
  2. Equations of motion. Momentum, law of conservation of momentum, Impulse of a force.
  3. Modes of transfer of heat, conduction, convection, and radiation. Specific heat capacity, latent heat of steam, wet steam, power.
  4. Thermal expansion of solids - coefficients of linear, superficial and cubic expansion, Determination of  linear expansion of  various materials.
  5. Introduction to fluid pressure: relationship between depth and pressure. Properties of fluid pressure. Gauge, absolute and atmospheric pressure. Pressure gauges, the bourdon pressure gauge, the manometer.
  6. The gas laws, Charles’ Law, Boyle’s Law, the Universal Gas Equation.
  7. Introduction to radioactivity: half life. Modes of radioactive decay and properties of radioactive decay.  Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. The binding energy of an atom.
  8. Sound: sound waves, progressive and standing. Beats, Harmonics. The Doppler Effect. Sound wave measurements, addition of sounds.
  9. Light: properties of light waves. Reflection, refraction, Snell's law, Diffraction. The electromagnetic spectrum.
  10. Electricity: Voltage, current, resistance. Resistance in series and parallel. Power in electrical circuits. Magnetism and electro-magnetic induction.

Indicative Practicals

  1. The simple pendulum
  2. Equilibrium of a three force system
  3. Principle of moments
  4. Densities of various materials
  5. Specific gravity
  6. Archimedes principle
  7. Hooke's law and the extension of a spring.
  8. Coefficients of linear expansion
  9. Boyle’s Law
  10. Specific heat capacity and latent heat
  11. Resonance experiments
  12. Electrical resistance of parallel and series circuits

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment 1 hour written exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 7 1,2
2 Practical Evaluation Practical copy Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam 2 hours Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 5 Weekly 5.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Laboratory experiments 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Practical work and study 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

1.   Bird, J. (2012) Science for Engineering 4th Edition, Routledge

2.   Nelson, E., Best C., McLean, W.G. and  Potter, M. (2011) Engineering Mechanics – Dynamics Schaums Outline Series McGraw-Hill Companies

3.   Meriam, J. and Kraige, L. (2003) Engineering Mechanics: Statics, Wiley

4.   Timings, R.L. (1996) Science Background to Engineering, Longmans

5.   Hannah, J. and Hillier, M. J. (1999) Mechanical Engineering Science

Other Resources


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