Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1
Due to Covid-19 and the possible impact on the compulsory residential school for this module, when you enrol you will be placed on a waiting list and a place released to you once we can confirm the module can run as intended. The information provided below is based on the residential school that is usually available.
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 will attend a one-week compulsory residential school held in a UK university. Here, you will work in small teams, under the guidance of experienced tutors, carrying out laboratory and field work 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.
At a one-week residential school held in a UK university, you will work in small teams, under the guidance of experienced tutors carrying out laboratory and fieldwork 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 in the laboratory/workshop/field or in the workplace
- 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.
You'll also be provided with a printed copy of the Residential School Handbook and printed activity notes which will be available at the residential school.
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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