Module code: ENG0009

Module Overview

The module consolidates knowledge and skills gained in ENG0013 (semester 1) and ENG0015/16/17 (semester 2) modules through practical (laboratory) and project-based work. Semester 1 focusses on core EPS laboratory work and transferable skills development supporting effective group and project work. Discipline taster-sessions are also provided in this semester. Semester 2 provides an opportunity for subject-stream specific practical work (individual) and a discipline specific group project.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
(a) Laboratory experiments:
Semester 1 (12 hours laboratory work):
• Measurement of fluid properties (density, viscosity)
• P-V-T relationships
• Heat transfer
• Flow regimes
• Fluid statics
• Processes / cycles

Semester 2:
• Module stream specific experiments: ENG0015/16/17 (8 hrs total laboratory work or equivalent interactive demonstration or virtual laboratory); i.e. series experiments related to the fundamentals of mechanics and materials (ENG0015), chemistry (ENG0017) and electricity and electronics (ENG0016)

(b) Project and skills development related:
• Introduction to the engineering design process; research and IT skills
• Exploring engineering: chemical, civil and electrical
• Group dynamics, team roles and personality preferences
• Engineering ethics
• Mini design project (Semester 1) – open ended conceptual design addressing a global challenge
• Discipline specific group project (Semester 2) – department informed group projects as a basis for engaging students in literature, software or apparatus relevant to the discipline

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework 1 (Individual) 20
Coursework Coursework 2 (Individual) 20
Coursework Coursework 3 (Group) 10
Coursework Coursework 4 (Individual) 25
Coursework Coursework 5 (Group) 25

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of laboratory practice and project work, to show their skills in preparing and conducting a variety of experiments and writing the associated technical reports, and to develop their skills in researching, proposing, planning and executing a design project.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of three individual and two group coursework assignments [assessing learning outcomes 1 – 10] as follows:

Semester 1:
Coursework 1 (individual): In-situ assessment and feedback of the first-set of laboratory experiments (including preparation and practical component), plus a full technical report of one experiment.
Coursework 2 (individual): In-situ assessment and feedback of the second-set of laboratory experiments (including preparation and practical component), plus a full technical report of one experiment.
Coursework 3 (group): Business case of a design proposal.

Semester 2:
Coursework 4 (individual): In-situ assessment and feedback of the third-set of laboratory experiments (including preparation and practical component), plus a full technical report of one experiment.
Coursework 5 (group): Group technical report and presentation; peer assessment and project tutorial individual evaluation of contribution and engagement.

Formative assessment
Formative ‘assessment’ is ongoing throughout the year, with peer feedback used on all project and laboratory work.

Module aims

  • Learning consolidation of engineering principles through practical (laboratory) classes and project-based learning.
  • Laboratory skills development in areas of experiment planning, measurement, data analysis and reporting.
  • Transferable skills development in areas of group work, communication and project planning and management.
  • Discipline subject overviews for informed student selection and consideration.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an ability to prepare, perform and effectively report experimental investigations. CP
002 Demonstrate an awareness of the principles and importance of experimental measurement. K
003 Analyse and interpret experimental data. CPT
004 Conduct academic research with a knowledge of the resources available to you. KT
005 Handle information resources with academic integrity. T
006 Present and structure work in a formal academic style. PT
007 Structure and deliver a short oral presentation and provide verbal feedback after a presentation. PT
008 Demonstrate a movement towards independent development of transferable skills CKPT
009 Articulate motivation for study in a particular engineering discipline and personal strategies for successful study. PT
010 Understand the principle of peer review, and be able to critically review P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 216

Lecture Hours: 20

Seminar Hours: 44

Tutorial Hours: 20

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy will
• Use lectures and tutorials to develop a basic understanding of appropriate and effective use of academic resources for design and research
• Provide students practical training in standard experimental approaches, to develop the ability to prepare, perform and effectively report experimental investigations
• Encourage and train students with team work skills and ethical practice in an engineering context
• Use methods of peer-feedback and self-assessment to develop personal effectiveness and professional practice

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Laboratory related classes or equivalent: 2 hrs/week (6 and 4 weeks in semesters 1 and 2 respectively)
• Workshops / seminars: 2 hrs/week
• Project tutorials: 2 hrs/week (4 and 6 weeks in semesters 1 and 2 respectively)
• Independent learning: 6 hrs/week

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for DUMMY ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES LABORATORY AND PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng0009

Other information


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.