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Unit information: Principles of Professional Practice in 2020/21

Unit name Principles of Professional Practice
Unit code MENG20008
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Martin Ould
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The unit will focus on the fundamental skills required for students to perform effectively in an integrated group working towards a common goal. Using a blended learning approach that combines knowledge from theory and practice, lectures and seminars will explore the processes used to plan and manage projects, work in teams and control the quality of work completed/delivered in an authentic setting.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1.Work as part of a small team, participating and contributing effectively towards a collective goal, whilst appreciating the benefits of diversity within a small group;

2.Prepare a project master plan, covering inter-dependent activities for each group member, that includes performance measures which can be used to track and report progress;

3.Identify, assess and mitigate potential project risks (hazards) in both operational and management contexts;

4. Explain the importance of creation/innovation processes and stakeholder satisfaction in the modern economy;

5. Reflect on a variety of personal experiences with the purpose of establishing a professional approach to career development planning.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including ectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

This unit is assessed by two separate coursework assignments:

· Personal Reflection on Industrial Mentoring Experience (20% ‘must-do’): students reflect individually on the experience gained via the Faculty’s Industrial Mentoring Scheme and prepare a reflective report using a standard form provided;

· Group Project (80%): students work in small groups to prepare an engineering-themed research/development proposal for a hypothetical undergraduate project and submit a group assignment.

Reading and References

  • Campbell, D. and Craig, T. (2005). Organisation and the Business Environment. 2nd Edition. Elsevier
  • Chelsom, J.V., Payne, C.P. and Reavill, L.R.P. (2005) Management for Engineers, Scientists and Technologists. 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, West Sussex
  • Cleden, D. (2011). ‘Bid Writing for Project Managers’. Gower.