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Modular Block Outline

Modular Block Code ME3601 Level 3

Title Professional Engineering Practice

Co-ordinator Mrs P. M. Gratton

Credit value 20

JACS Code H300

Pre-requisites ME2601


Additional Tutors Dr G. Troisi Dr J. Chen External Lecturers

School(s) responsible for teaching and assessment Engineering and Design

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06/11 07/12

Development of ME3301 (Business and the Environment) and others Assessment pattern change from 2012-13 and minor change to aims


MAIN AIMS 1. To enhance knowledge and skills in support of practicing as a professional engineer, specifically ethical management of engineering business, and statutory compliance (environment; health and safety) 2. To understand the principles of ethical research practice

LEARNING OUTCOMES TO BE ASSESSED This Modular Block provides opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding ( K) cognitive (thinking) skills (C) and other skill s and attributes (S) in the following areas:

Categories (K, C , S) K K C C Methodology in pursuit of rigorous, ethical and scientific investigation. Understanding of aspects of law and ethics relevant to engineering business. Critical evaluation of literature to generate realistic, relevant research aims and objectives Application of risk management knowledge to problem-solving and decision-making in research projects. Use of elements of energy/environmental law to define corporate environmental strategies and anticipate possible business liability. Preparation and dissemination of quality written and oral research communications Evaluation of engineering schemes, products and designs in terms of costs and environmental impact.


INDICATIVE CONTENT: 1. Research Methods: principles of ethical research practice; composing research proposals; literature review and development of a research question; experimental design; risk assessment; information retrieval; statistical analysis; scientific report writing and journal publication process Legal Issues in Engineering Business: overview of legal framework (in England, UK, EU and internationally); employment law; health and safety law; contract law; the law of negligence, environmental law (air, land, water, waste, IPPC, climate change, sustainable development), enforcement of regulations, civil sanctions and damages, town and country planning; environmental permitting Ethics in Engineering Business: ethical decision-making, codes of conduct, compliance management, corporate social responsibility, corruption, public interest disclosure



TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES AND METHDS USED TO ENABLE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF LEARNING OUTCOMES: these might include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, workshops, laboratories, distance learning, projects, formative assessment or other methods (please specify) Lectures will deliver basic definitions, concepts and theory. Seminars will apply theory to engineering applications to consolidate understanding. CONTACT HOURS Average learning hours per week: 6 of which 3 hours are student/tutor contact hours per week INDICATIVE OVERALL STUDENT LEARNING HOURS: 144 hours

Elements of Summative Assessment

Final Assessment

2 x Examinations [2-hours for Research Methods for 40% of the weighting and 3-hours for Legal Issues (30%) and Ethics (30%)]



INDICATIVE READING LIST: 1 ESSENTIAL READING [* Purchase advised] rd Creswell, J., Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 3 ed, London: Sage, 2009 Chapman, C. and Ward, S., Managing Project Risk and Uncertainty, London: John Wiley, 2002 Lawler, E.E. (Ed), Doing Research which is Useful in Theory and Practice, London: Jossey Bass, 1988. Reason, J., The Human Contribution, London: Ashgate, 2008. Seebauer, E.G., Fundamentals of Ethics for Scientists and Engineers , Oxford: OUP, 2001. Sharp, J.A. and Howard, K., The Management of a Student Research Project, 2nd ed, London: Gower, 1996 Silverman, D. I., Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analysing Talk , Text and Interaction, London: Sage, 1994. rd Solomon, J., Corporate Governance and Accountability, 3 ed, Chichester, UK: Wiley, 2010. 2 RECOMMENDED READING DEFRA, Guidelines for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management, London: DEFRA publications, 2002 (available from Health and Safety Executive, Essentials of Health and Safety at Work, London: HSE Books, 2006. Royal Academy of Engineering, Series of Reports on Managing Engineering Risk, Report 1, The Societal Aspects of Risk; Report 2, Common Methodologies for Risk Assessment and Risk Management; Report 3, Risks Posed by Humans in the Control Loop. (Available from Williams, G, Learning the Law, 12th Edition, Stevens & Sons, 2002. Boyle G (Ed), Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, Oxford and Open University Press, 2004 NSCA pollution Handbook 2008 pub. NSCA 3 OTHER

The following information is required: COMPULSORY modular block on the following programmes (please list): BEng/MEng Aerospace Engineering BEng/MEng Aviation Engineering BEng/MEng Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Design BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering with Building Services BEng/MEng Motorsport Engineering

OPTIONAL modular block on the following programmes (please list):