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ES1A3 - Professional Engineering Competencies

  • Module code: ES1A3
  • Module name: Professional Engineering Competencies
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to inform the students about the five competencies core to the UK-SPEC (UK-Standard for Professional Engineering Competence). The UK-SPEC is the cornerstone of degree accreditation, initial and continuing professional development (CPD), and eventual professional registration via End Point Assessment (EPA). It is built around five fundamental competencies: (a) Knowledge and Understanding; (b) Design and development of processes, systems, services and products; (c) Responsibility, Management and Leadership; (d) Communication and Inter-personal Skills; (e) Professional Commitment. The aim of this module is to induct the students into their degree, and show them that everything they are learning can be considered to support their development in (at least) one of the competencies. The module aims to create a culture of considered learning and self-reflection where students think about their learning strengths and weaknesses and take some ownership in their development. The topics on offer are illustrated in Section 20 – Outline Syllabus. They include subjects to develop knowledge and understanding, transferrable skills (e.g. IT skills, communication). Responsibility, management and leadership is demonstrated and discussed by staff and invited speakers from industry in lectures and seminars. Communication and inter-personal skills will be developed with lectures on report writing, and presentation. Throughout the whole programme professional standards and the commitment to society will be covered in subjects such as ethics, health and safety, sustainability and of course CPD.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the students should be able to: • Identify what it means to be a Civil Engineer and being a part of the engineering community through exposure to Professional Engineers coming from the industry, academics of the Engineering department, recent graduate students, and fellow undergraduate students. • Plan self-learning and improve performance as the foundation for lifelong learning (CPD) to enable the EPA. Reflection will be informed by the work/practice and will contribute to the recognition of own work-based learning. • Enable transferrable skills to inform own work/practice. • Understand the challenges faced by society and how Civil engineers can be technical and commercial leaders. • Show knowledge and understanding of professional and ethical codes of conduct and associated responsibilities (related to own work/practice) as set out by professional engineering institutions. • Analyse information and/or ideas contributing to the development of an informed evaluation of own work/practice. • Identify and access relevant work/practice networks using appropriate interpersonal and networking skills. • Understand and apply the communication and collaboration processes and procedures within the workplace. • Demonstrate written communication skills for identified work/practice and/or academic audiences.

Timetabled teaching activities

Learning activity is scheduled as 24 weeks, comprising of formally timetabled sessions and student-led activities. Intensive timetabled activity comprising of: 18 hours of lectures 8 hours of seminars Student-led learning comprising of: 4x3 hours of online courses (Health & Safety; Plagiarism, Ethics, Matlab) 20 hours of individual (virtual or face-to-face) tutorials with Industry Mentor, and Work-based Learning Tutor/Coach. Total of 58 hours.

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback are available on the lecture material, via online web-forum based in module support Moodle pages.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES1A3-15)
A (Assessed work only) Reflective report 1 15%
  Reflective Report 2 15%
  Health & Safety online course 10%
  Plagiarism online course 10%
  Ethics online course 10%
  Matlab online course 10%
  Logbook 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) (H220) - Year 1
Optional Core