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Undergraduate Course: Professional Issues for Engineers 4 (ELEE10017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryProfessional engineers must be aware of the economic, social and environmental context of engineering. This course aims to give students an appreciation of some important issues that are complementary to the technical knowledge and skills necessary for a professional engineer. Lectures will be given by visiting experts as well as members of staff.
Course description Lectures
L1 Copyright & Patent Law (John Jeffrey, Edinburgh Research & Innovation)
Covering all aspects of intellectual property.

L2 Data Protection (Susan Graham - Records Management, University of Edinburgh)
All aspects of Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

L3 Time Management (Dennis Beard - former head of Reading Business School)
Principles of time management in a large organisation.

L4 Enterprise Topics (Clive Reeves, Scottish Enterprise)
Routes to commercial exploitation of intellectual property.

L5 Procurement (Karen Bowmen, Head Of Procurement, Unversity of Edinburgh)Billy Hislop. An overview of the procurement process.

L6 Design for Cost Part 1: Design What (Allan Colquhoun, Selex)
Quality and the product lifecycle, customer needs, quality function deployment

L7 Design for Cost Part 2: Design to Unit Production Cost (Allan Colquhoun, Selex)
Overview of processes involved in design to unit production cost.

L8 Safety Critical Hardware (John Hannah, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh)
This lecture deals with the topic of "Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic (E/E/PE) Safety-Related Systems" as specified in International Standard IEC 615 8.

L9 Contract & Employment Law (Human Resources, University of Edinburgh)
Workers rights, dismissal procedures, discrimination, retirement, overview of employment laws.
L10 Health & Safety (Andrew Bunting, University of Edinburgh)
Outlining health and safety legislation relevant to engineering.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only open to Honours students in the appropriate Engineering discipline.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 72 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be based on a coursework essay and a class test.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Professional Issues for Engineers 41:00
Learning Outcomes
On satisfactory completion of the course students should be able to:
* explain the importance of professionalism in engineering;
* demonstrate an awareness of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety, and risk (including environmental risk) issues;
* understand the principles of and the use of patents;
* explain the basic principles of project and time management procedures;
* explain the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering;
* write and pitch a business plan to an invited panel with commercial spin out experience

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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsTIme Management,Health & Safety,Comercialisation,Patents,Procurement
Course organiserDr Jonathan Terry
Course secretaryMiss Megan Inch
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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