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Unit information: Professional Engineering in 2018/19

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Unit name Professional Engineering
Unit code CENG20008
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mrs. Rachael De'Ath
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The Professional Engineering unit has been designed to deliver several core learning outcomes required for the accreditation of engineering programmes in line with the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC.

Using a blended learning approach, and using industrial experience to connect theory with practice, the unit will include lectures and coverage of:

  • An introduction to the unit and initial team working requirements
  • Innovation and enterprise (inclusive of entre and intrapreneurship)
  • Project management
  • The commercial and business environment (including financial forecasting and business planning)
  • Technical and commercial risk management and product liability
  • Ethics in engineering, health and safety and legal requirements
  • Sustainable development


The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the commercial and economic context of engineering processes and based on these to introduce: (i) key concepts important to the professional practice of engineering; (ii) management techniques which may be used to ensure such processes achieve their objectives within that context; and (iii) practical experience of applying the knowledge gained through a group project addressing a specific problem that exists in society today.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion, students should have a(n):

Economic, Legal, Societal, Ethical and Environmental Context

ILO1 - Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering, a knowledge of professional codes of conduct and how ethical dilemmas can arise.

  • ILO2 - Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes.
  • ILO3 - Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate
  • ILO4 - Awareness of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health & safety, contracts, intellectual property rights, product safety and liability issues, and an awareness that these may differ internationally.

Engineering Practice

  • ILO5 - Knowledge and understanding of management techniques, including project and change management that may be used to achieve engineering objectives, their limitations, and how they may be applied appropriately.
  • ILO6 - Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk, risk assessment and risk management techniques and an ability to evaluate commercial risk.
  • ILO7 - Understanding of the key drivers for business success, including innovation, calculated commercial risks and customer satisfaction
  • ILO8 - Awareness of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement.

Additional General Skills

1. ILO9 - Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD).

Teaching details

The unit will be delivered through a combination of classroom lectures taught by academic staff and invited guest speakers (subject experts) and supported project workshops in a studio setting. Learning materials will be made available to students in advance via Blackboard

Assessment Details

  • Individual Personal Development Plan (20%): students are required to reflect on their professional engagement experience through the Faculty’s Industrial Mentoring Scheme (ILO: ILO9)
  • Team Project (60%): students will work in teams in a simulation of a commercial tendering process to produce and submit a competitive project proposal (a pro-forma will be provided) (ILO2/3/5/6/7/8)
  • e-Assessment (20%): to test competence in the areas of ethics, health and safety and legal requirements (ILO1, ILO4) [Must Pass]

Reading and References

Campbell, D. and Craig, T. (2005). Organisation and the Business Environment. 2nd Edition. Elsevier

Chang, C. M. (2016). Engineering Management: Meeting the Global Challenges. CRC Press

Chelsom, J.V., Payne, C.P. and Reavill, L.R.P. (2005) Management for Engineers, Scientists and Technologists. 2nd Edition. JohnWilley & Sons Ltd, West Sussex

Cleden, D. (2011). ‘Bid Writing for Project Managers’. Gower.

Davis, M. (ed) (2005). 'Engineering ethics'. Ashgate

Rice, A. (2011). 'Accounts Demystified'. Harlow

Oakland, J. S. (2014). 'Total Quality Management and Operation Excellence', Butterworth-Heinemann

Osterwalder, A. and Pigneur, Y. (2012) Business Model Generation, John Wiley and sons int, New Jersey

Warren, R. (1998). 'How to Understand and Use Company Accounts', 4th edition, Century Business

Further detailed reading will be provided by the academic responsible for the departmental contextualisation of the unit.