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Unit information: Engineering by Design in 2022/23

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Unit name Engineering by Design
Unit code CENG10012
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Jeff Barrie
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

This broad, multi-disciplinary unit provides an introduction to knowledge, creativity, teamwork and personal effectiveness frameworks required for 21st century engineers by undertaking global challenges, using engineering language and individual creative output. This unit aims to give students design and creativity based competencies, as well as fundamental professional, technical and communication skills used in all engineering disciplines. This includes the study of: 2D engineering drawing and sketching; 3D Computer Aided Design; Creative problem solving, critical thinking and decision-making in the conceptual design process; Environmental, economic, social, professional and interdisciplinary contexts in Engineering; General engineering practice, with an introduction to technical equipment and tools.

Your learning on this unit

At the end of this unit student will be able to:

1. Explain the common stages, processes and methods of engineering design

2. Articulate the wider context of modern engineering challenges (socio-cultural, environment, sustainability, ethics and the climate emergency)

3. Identify and bound a specific engineering need/problem/opportunity

4. Effectively communicate technical and non-technical information using visual, written and oral contexts

5. Reflect critically on learning outcomes and design processes and articulate skills gained

6. Participate and contribute effectively towards a collective goal whilst appreciating the benefits of different ways of thinking/working

7. Acquire basic practical knowledge of standards and skills in using engineering technical equipment and tools safely

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered using a blended approach, with flipped lectures and asynchronous topics and pre-sessional activities consolidated with synchronous design and computer-based classes, practical lab and workshop activities as well as weekly drop-in sessions.

How you will be assessed

This pass/fail unit is assessed through:

  • Individual summative coursework (ILO 1-5)
  • Group-based design project (ILO 6)

Other Pass Requirements:

In addition to achieving the minimum pass mark in the coursework assessment students must complete a mandatory lab and workshop induction to be awarded credit points. Students will be given two opportunities to complete this during the running of the unit. (ILO 7)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.