EXPERIMENTAL & TRANSFERABLE SKILLS - 2019/0

Module code: ENG1067

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

HILDITCH MA Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits

15

ECTS Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

H900

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 9

Tutorial Hours: 15

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework LABORATORY PREPARATION AND PARTICIPATION 20
Coursework LABORATORY REPORTS (2) 30
Coursework ONLINE TEST: MATLAB/PROGRAMMING (1 HOUR) 20
Coursework PRESENTATION SESSIONS 30

Alternative Assessment

Laboratory reports (2):two full laboratory write-ups. Laboratory preparation and participation : i) written answers or on-line quiz requiring background research for two different experiments and (ii) a report on the performance of one laboratory accounting for the nature and minimisation of experimental error. Online test: Identical style to the original UoA Presentation sessions: (i) a research exercise that is similar to the normal assessment, (ii) a PowerPoint submission and (iii) a 10-minute audio narrative of the delivery of the talk.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Module overview

Engineers need to develop a variety of experimental, transferable and programming skills as part of their education and on-going professional development. This module introduces the concepts of experimental and transferable skills. In particular (i) laboratory skills, (ii) basic data handling skills, (iii) basic programming skills and (iv) presentation skills, are included.

The laboratory part of this module is designed both to support learning in other parts of the FHEQ level 4 curriculum, through practical experiments, and also to further develop generic and transferable skills, including practical laboratory skills, data handling, a basic understanding of experimental uncertainty and scientific writing. Working as part of a group is an integral part of the laboratories.

Some basic data handling and programming skills are covered, including: Using mathematical formulae and functions in Excel, creating academically appropriate graphs using MS Excel; An introduction to Matlab including: variables, assignments, operators,  built-in functions and plotting, Matlab scripts, m-files, indentation, commenting, for- and while- loops and if-conditions + Boolean variables, arrays and matrices, user-defined functions.

Presentation skills are introduced by participation in small group seminars where each participant (i) delivers a pre-prepared 10-minute presentation, (ii) chairs a presentation and (iii) provides real-time oral feedback on a presentation. These presentations introduce basic aspects of the economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental contexts in which professional engineers operate.

 

Module aims

A basic introduction to economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental contexts in which professional engineers operate.

Laboratory experience which reinforces and illustrates wider aspects of the FHEQ level 4 engineering curriculum.

Basic training in experimental approaches, including the handling of data and identification of the likely contributions to experimental uncertainty by error.

Experience in working as part of a team

An introduction to basic programming/Matlab.

Knowledge and experience of using standard MS Office products to support academic writing and data analysis and presentation.

Knowledge and experience of how to present information in a formal professional context.

An introduction to basic report writing skills commensurate with FEHQ level 4

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 UK-SPEC: SM1b,SM2b, EA1b, EA3b, D6, EL1, EL2, EL4, EL5, EL6, P3, P4,P8,G1 Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to: Demonstrate an ability to prepare, perform and effectively report experimental investigations, both individually and as part of a team, analysing and interpreting experimental data while working with experimental uncertainty; SM1b,SM2b, EA1b, P3,P8 C,K,T KCT
002 Demonstrate an awareness of the principles and importance of experimental measurement and related health & safety and risk issues; EL6, P3 C,T CT
003 Conduct academic research demonstrating knowledge of the resources and the ability to handle them with academic integrity; EL1, P4, G1 P,T PT
004 Use MS Word MS Excel and Matlab in support of your academic studies, especially in handling experimental data; SM2b, EA1b, EA3b, G1 C,T CT
005 Structure and deliver a short oral presentation, chair presentations and provide verbal feedback after a presentation; D6, G1P,T PT
006 Demonstrate understanding of the commercial context and the importance of professional & ethical conduct in engineering. EL1, EL2, EL4, EL5 P,T PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

1. Laboratory Experiments

6 laboratory experiments will be conducted in small groups. These experiments are complementary to the wider FHEQ level 4 curriculum.

2. Lectures 9 lectures: An Introduction to Laboratory Skills (2 hours), An Introduction to Matlab (6 hours) PowerPoint and Oral Presentations (1 hour).

3. Skills Tutorials

There are 5 tutorials in which data handling and basic programming skills are developed during formative exercises. The exercises use Excel (with additional on-line support) and Matlab to explore data presentation, data handling and manipulation and basic programming skills.

4. Presentation Tutorials

6 hours of student-led oral presentations. These presentations introduce basic aspects of the economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental contexts in which professional engineers operate.

Students should typically spend c. 18 hours of time in preparation for laboratories, completing the formative assessments and in personally directed skill development. (including attendance of 5h of optional drop in tutorials).

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to


Give students a basic grounding in experimental procedure and scientific/technical report writing.
Reinforce engineering science concepts taught in other modules though practical experimentation and demonstration.
Give students a basic grounding in the use of MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and Matlab to produce (i) appropriately formatted academic writing, (ii) appropriately presented engineering data, (iii) simple formal presentations, (iv) implement simple programmes
Give students the experience of participating in all aspects of formal oral presentations.
Introduce wider aspects of the context in which professional engineers operate.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures, 7 hrs total, 2/wk for 3 weeks and 1 in week 5
Introductory briefing lectures on lab work, 2 hrs total,
6 x 1-2 hrs/wk laboratory sessions in small groups; including a guided introduction to experiment and apparatus, group work on experiment itself to obtain results and discuss conclusions and an assessed review of  session preparation and outcomes.
Production of 2 full laboratory reports, following written and oral guidance given on report production
IT-lab based tutorials using Excel and Matlab, 5 hrs total, 1 hr/wk (plus optional drop-in help session 1 hr/wk)
Preparation and delivery (1 hr/wk, for 6 wks) of an oral presentation as part of series of student lead seminars.


 

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to


Undertake basic research and preparation prior to a practical investigation
Carry out laboratory experiments and analyse and discuss results, including identification of sources of experimental uncertainty
Produce written technical reports to a prescribed formal style
Use MS Excel and Matlab to address problems that require data manipulation and handling and repetitive use of mathematical functions.
Present engineering data in a formal academic manner using MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and Matlab as appropriate for a specific context.
Produce a short formal oral presentation and learn from the experience of taking part in a series of presentations 


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Preparation, participation and review for each experiment (approximately weekly)


Learning outcomes 1, 2 , 3.                              20%


Production of two lab reports


Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 ,4.                           30%


A 1 hr test which requires the use of Matlab to perform basic calculations and data handling.


Learning outcomes 1, 4.                                   20%


Prepare and deliver a short (10 min) formal oral presentation. Participate in 6 weeks of presentation sessions to experience the broader context of academic presentations, including experience of chairing a meeting and providing real-time oral feedback.


Learning outcomes 3, 5, 6.                       30%  

Formative assessment and feedback


In every laboratory session, students have face-to face discussions with the experiment supervisor.
Written feedback on the lab reports is returned within about 2 weeks, to enable feed-forward to the writing of the next report, and is formative as well as summative.
Staff and PGs give formative feedback in the tutorials as the students undertake a diverse range of tasks involving basic academic presentation skills, basic programming, data presentation and data handling.
The feedback given after each presentation provides an on-going formative experience on oral presentation skills.

Reading list

Reading list for EXPERIMENTAL & TRANSFERABLE SKILLS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng1067

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biomedical Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Aerospace Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mechanical Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2019/0 academic year.