Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2
This module extends your planning of personal and professional development in engineering enabling you to further develop the skills you need to achieve professional engineering status. Team working plays an important role. You’ll develop these skills through remote practical engineering activities, using a home experiment kit. This replaces a week-long compulsory residential school that we’ve cancelled due to the uncertainty raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of experienced tutors, you’ll explore real-world engineering phenomena and undertake analysis and design work as carried out by engineers. You'll continue to explore the world of professional engineering as you further develop and practise a range of key skills needed in your workplace and for study.
What you will study
In this OU level 2 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) and is not available for standalone study.
The collection, use and manipulation of data will be examined together with developing these into meaningful results that can be successfully communicated.
As part of the skills development, you’ll take part in practical engineering activities. You’ll work in small teams, under the guidance of experienced tutors, carrying out engineering tasks and solving problems. You’ll also gain practical skills in taking measurements, analysing data, seeking and evaluating information, modelling, as well as further developing your presentation skills.
You will learn
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of methods applied to the collection and use of data in a scientific and engineering context
- by use of appropriate technical vocabulary, assess the acquired knowledge in the broader context of engineering practice
- demonstrate critical evaluation and assessment of technical and numerical information, utilising analytical methods as necessary with the aim of making clear communication of your own investigations utilising external sources where needed
- further develop the management of your learning in terms of analytical, practical, and professional skills, and assessing your learning development so far to formulate and demonstrate the planning of your future learning needs to achieve your goals
- demonstrate critical analysis skills in the collection and use of data as part of investigative work together with presentation of results in the most appropriate format to communicate meaningful conclusions both as an individual practitioner and in a team working environment
- use examples from your own experience, previous study and practical work to extend your portfolio of personal and professional development in the context of engineering practice and professional recognition.
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 (Honours) (Q65) or Master of Engineering (M04).
To study this module, normally you should have also completed the OU level 1 module Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1 (T176).
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 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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