Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1
In this key introductory module you’ll take the first steps in planning your personal development to achieve career goals such as professional engineering status. As part of the skills development, you’ll take part in remote practical engineering activities, using a home experiment pack. This replaces a one-week residential school that we’ve cancelled for 2021 due to uncertainty raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll work in a small online team, under the guidance of experienced tutors, exploring real-world engineering phenomena and solving problems. You’ll also gain practical skills in taking measurements, analysing data, seeking and evaluating information, modelling, and making presentations. The professional practice of engineers including ethics and safety will be explored using an engineering topic.
What you will study
In this module you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills to support you in attaining your chosen qualification in engineering. It is a compulsory module of the OU Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Q65) and Master of Engineering (M04). It is not available for standalone study.
By focusing on a real-life engineering sector you will explore the professional practice of engineers including their ethics and approaches to safety.
For the practical engineering activities, you’ll work in a small online team, under the guidance of experienced tutors exploring real-world engineering phenomena and solving problems. You’ll also gain practical skills in taking measurements, analysing data, seeking and evaluating information, modelling, and making presentations.
If you are considering progressing to Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2 (T276), normally you should have completed this OU level 1 module.
You will learn
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a topic in engineering by consideration of the underlying principles, concepts and motivations
- by use of appropriate technical vocabulary, outline the acquired knowledge in the broader context of engineering practice
- interpret instructions accurately in order to collect and evaluate, from an engineering standpoint, scientific information from published sources and from your own investigations
- manage your learning and professional development by analysing your own approach to learning, assessing your current abilities in certain key skills areas and the factors that are likely to help or hinder your own further learning and development, and drawing up and maintaining a development plan linked to a strategy for achieving your goals
- present the procedures and outcomes of your guided investigations in the form of structured reports of investigative work and critical analyses of arguments taken from published sources and/or team working
- use examples from your own experience, previous study and practical work to outline the role and responsibilities of a professional engineer in respect of legal and other statutory frameworks, particularly in the area of health, safety and risk, and ethical issues affecting engineering practice.
We design our engineering degrees to meet the accreditation requirements of professional engineering institutions. Both our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees have been accorded the highest levels of recognition in the last two accreditation cycles, and we are now seeking re-accreditation for our current suite of degrees.
This module is not available for standalone study. You must first register for either the Bachelor of Engineering (Q65) or the Master of Engineering (M04).
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
You’ll have access to a module website, which includes:
- a week-by-week study planner
- course-specific module materials
- audio and video content
- assessment details and submission section
- online tutorial access
- a home experiment pack.
You’ll also be provided with a home experiment pack, a copy of the Practical Engineering Handbook and activity notes.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
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