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ES2A5 - Forensic Engineering

  • Module code: ES2A5
  • Module name: Forensic Engineering
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The influence of developments in materials technology and analytical techniques through the centuries provide a fascinating introduction to the discipline of structural integrity. Students should be exposed to historical precedents through the use of case studies. By developing understanding of qualitative structural analysis and forensic engineering techniques students will be able to investigate structural failures and learn from the mistakes which have led to disasters. Failures will also be used to introduce the need for safety and the concept of risk. The module’s contents will provide a direct link to wider engineering issues such as legislation and expert witnesses.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Apply forensic engineering principles within the context of an interdisciplinary approach to engineering; Demonstrate an understanding of how and why structures failure; Show that much can be learnt from disasters and that the lessons learnt can prevent them happening again; Use basic analytical methods to give them confidence that their calculations will lead to a reliable and safe solution; Demonstrate a basic training in forensic engineering; Construct arguments for a case and express them clearly in both written work and discussion.

Timetabled teaching activities

All terms. The module will consist of up to 19 lectures with associated directed self-learning and ten hours of seminars. Required self-study is to be 270 hours.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year2/es2a5

Other essential notes

This module is popular and available places are limited, therefore a ballot will be held to determine who gains a place on this module.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES2A5-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Trade Magazine Article 1 (2500 words) Group 8.3%
  Peer Review of Group Work 1 0%
  Seminar Presentation Individual 15%
  Trade Magazine Article 2 (3000 words) Group 16.7%
  Peer Review of Group Work 2 0%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • BEng Engineering (H106) - Year 2
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 2
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 2
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 2
  • BSc Engineering (H112) - Year 2
  • BEng Civil Engineering (H210) - Year 2
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H211) - Year 2
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Intercalated Year (H212) - Year 2
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Year in Research (H213) - Year 2
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering (H310) - Year 2
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 2
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 2
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 2
  • BEng Automotive Engineering (H330) - Year 2
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H331) - Year 2
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H332) - Year 2
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Year in Research (H333) - Year 2
  • BEng Electronic Engineering (H634) - Year 2
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H635) - Year 2
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year (H636) - Year 2
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research (H637) - Year 2
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH37) - Year 2
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH38) - Year 2
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (HH39) - Year 2
  • BEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH73) - Year 2
  • BEng Engineering Business Management (HN12) - Year 2