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Unit information: Professional Engineering in 2017/18

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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 Professor. Booker
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


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

Through the use of a blended learning approach, contextualised by industrial engagement the unit will include lectures (order TBC) and coverage of:

An introduction to the unit and the initial team work requirement

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


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 industrial problem.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion, students should have a(n):

Economic, Legal, Societal, Ethical and Environmental Context

  1. 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.
  2. ILO2 - Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes.
  3. ILO3 - 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.
  4. ILO4 - Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate
  5. ILO5 - 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.
  6. 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.
  7. ILO7 - Understanding of the key drivers for business success, including innovation, calculated commercial risks and customer satisfaction

Engineering Practice

  1. 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/CPD.

Teaching details

The unit will be delivered through a combination of lectures taught by academic staff and industry experts and supported project workshops. Pre-sessional videos/slides will be made available to students, along with lecture slides to students via blackboard.

The must pass online test will be available to students until the end of week 4, there are no upper limit to the attempts that a student is able to make in order to pass.

The PDP will be submitted by the end of week 6, formative feedback will be provided to students by the end of week 9. The Portfolio will be submitted at the end of week 11 and the departmental level presentation sessions will take place by the end of week 11 formative feedback will be provided to students by week xxx.

Assessment Details

  • Online test 20% the online tests seeks to test the students competence in the areas of ethics, health and safety and legal requirements (ILO: ILO1, ILO5, ILO6) [Must Pass]
  • Team Project Portfolio/Presentation 60% a portfolio pro-forma will be provided to students outlining the five key areas of work, business case, context/environment, strategy, financial modelling/budgeting, risk register a maximum of a 50 page report can be submitted. Students will be required to feedback on their experience of the project (delegated to departmental level) example methods for this (ILO: ILO2, ILO3, ILO4, ILO7, ILO8):
  • Poster presentations
  • Pecha kucha
  • Newscast
  • Short documentary of their project
  • Media article

Individual Personal Development Plan 20% students are required to reflect on their professional engagement experience through the mentoring scheme (ILO: ILO9)

Reading and References

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

Chang, C. M. (2005). Engineering Management: Challenges in the New Millennium. Pearson Education Inc. USA.

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

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

Rice, A. (1999). 'Accounts Demystified'. Pitman. 2nd Edition. 1999. Stewart, D. M. (1999). 'Handbook of Management Skills'. 3rd Edition. Gowar.

Oakland, J. S. (1999). 'Total Quality Management', 2nd edition, 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 accounts', 4th edition, Hutchinson Business.

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