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Unit information: Engineering by Design in 2022/23

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Unit name Engineering by Design
Unit code CENG10012
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Jeff Barrie
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This broad, multi-disciplinary unit provides an introduction to knowledge, creativity, teamwork and personal effectiveness frameworks required for 21st century engineers by undertaking global challenges, using engineering language and individual creative output. This unit aims to give students design and creativity based competencies, as well as fundamental professional, technical and communication skills used in all engineering disciplines. This includes the study of: 2D engineering drawing and sketching; 3D Computer Aided Design; Creative problem solving, critical thinking and decision-making in the conceptual design process; Environmental, economic, social, professional and interdisciplinary contexts in Engineering; General engineering practice, with an introduction to technical equipment and tools.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit student will be able to:

1. Explain the common stages, processes and methods of engineering design

2. Articulate the wider context of modern engineering challenges (socio-cultural, environment, sustainability, ethics and the climate emergency)

3. Identify and bound a specific engineering need/problem/opportunity

4. Effectively communicate technical and non-technical information using visual, written and oral contexts

5. Reflect critically on learning outcomes and design processes and articulate skills gained

6. Participate and contribute effectively towards a collective goal whilst appreciating the benefits of different ways of thinking/working

7. Acquire basic practical knowledge of standards and skills in using engineering technical equipment and tools safely

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered using a blended approach, with flipped lectures and asynchronous pre-sessional activities consolidated with synchronous studio-based design classes, practical and computer labs.

Assessment Details

This unit is mostly formatively assessed with a single must-pass summative element

Formative assessment 1 (ILO 1, 2, 3, 4, 6): Group presentation and poster submission for Engineers without Borders Engineering for People Design Challenge

Formative assessment 2 (ILO 4, 7): Peer assessed technical communication exercise

Unit Summative assessment (ILOS 1-7): Individual Reflection, skills certification and engineering artefact (100%-must pass)

Reading and References

Engineering Ethics-C.B.Fleddermann Professional Engineering Practice-HT.Dearden

Basics: Fundamentals of Presentation/Technical Drawing-Bert Bielefeld and Isabella Skiba-Walter de Gruyter GmbH

Bridging Barriers: How a Community Changed Its Future with Help From Engineers Without Borders USA Volunteers-Michael Paddock-TEN16 Press; Illustrated edition