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XX50214: Professional skills for engineering practice

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Engineering challenges essay (5000 words) (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to develop the communication, planning and critical evaluation skills needed to perform at a postgraduate professional level.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit, a student will be able to:
* Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences
* Critically evaluate solutions to complex engineering problems
* Plan, monitor, adjust and document self-learning to improve performance (e.g. continuing professional development; CPD)
* Plan, monitor, adjust and document a programme of work on an on-going basis
* Engage in structured reflection on own performance and skills development
* Exercise initiative and personal responsibility
* Discuss examples of ethical dilemmas in engineering practice, and the role of professional codes of practice.

Intellectual skills (T/F/A): Construction of logical arguments and critical evaluation in an engineering context. Ensuring that arguments are credible and appropriately acknowledge the work of others.
Professional skills (T/F/A): Group working skills.
Practical skills (T/F/A): Time management and workload organisation.
Key skills (T/F/A): Development of written skills to enable students to summarise and present technical and related issues to a range of audiences.
Presentation skills (T/F).


* Written Communication in engineering
* Oral Communication in engineering
* Time Management and workload planning
* Techniques of critical analysis for the engineering literature
* Effective Group Work
* Structured Reflection
* Engineering Ethics and Professional Codes of Practice.

Programme availability:

XX50214 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering


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