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Unit information: Professional Engineering in 2019/20

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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)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Martin Ould
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The unit will focus on the fundamental skills required for Engineering Practice. Using a blended learning approach that combines knowledge from theory and practice, lectures and workshops will explore the processes used to manage projects, work in teams and control the quality of work completed/delivered in an industrial context.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion, students should have awareness and understanding of the following four topics:

  1. working in teams to achieve engineering objectives, including communication and presentation techniques;
  2. project planning & management processes, including project cost estimation and scheduling;
  3. the identification, assessment and management of operational and technical risks;
  4. factors that contribute towards the overall success of businesses in the engineering sector, including innovation, entrepreneurship and customer satisfaction.
  5. planning self-learning and performance improvement, as the foundation for lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD).

Teaching details

The unit is delivered through workshops and lectures.

Assessment Details

  • Individual Personal Development Plan (20%): students are required to reflect on their professional engagement experience through the Faculty’s Industrial Mentoring Scheme.
  • 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).
  • e-Assessment (20%): This assessment will be time-bounded and is a Must Pass requirement of the unit.

Reading and References

For the completion of the team project the following reference will be essential:

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

For completion of the unit pre-reading of sections of the following references will be required:

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