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Unit information: Gearing up for Engineering in 2018/19

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Unit name Gearing up for Engineering
Unit code LANG00026
Credit points 0
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Jenkins
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Students must have an unconditional offer that they have firmly accepted for an undergraduate Engineering degree at the University of Bristol.

Co-requisites

None

School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This is a two-week pre-sessional course for undergraduate students in any Engineering discipline who already hold an unconditional offer from the University of Bristol. Students will spend around half their time in the Engineering labs working on two multi-disciplinary design and build projects, and the remaining time in the classroom, working on Engineering-specific academic language and literacies. The course has been designed through close collaboration between CELFS (the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies) and the Faculty of Engineering, ensuring an integrated approach to the learning of content and language.

Aims:

  • to improve students' command of general and Engineering-specific academic English
  • to develop the academic literacies and study skills necessary to succeed as Engineering undergraduates at the University of Bristol
  • to develop students’ abilities to successfully engage with Engineering-specific writing and speaking tasks: proposals and presentations
  • to develop effective collaboration in group-based practical projects in the Engineering lab
  • to enable students to use feedback and reflection to improve future academic work

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Unpack specifications for a design & build project
  • Collaborate effectively and safely on Engineering design & build projects in labs
  • Use language for planning, negotiating and testing design choices in small groups
  • Use language for justifications and explanations in a written proposal and oral presentation
  • Reflect on peer and tutor feedback to improve future work

Teaching details

Students will spend around half their time in the Engineering labs working on two multi-disciplinary design and build projects, and the remaining time in the classroom, working on Engineering-specific academic language and literacies.

Assessment Details

No formal assessment

Reading and References

Materials produced by CELFS and Engineering

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