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Undergraduate Course: Engineering 1 (SCEE08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to the engineering profession, including aspects of Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. This course will demonstrate, through lectures and case studies, how Engineers with different specialist background can each contribute to the solution of complex engineering problems.
Course description Lecture Content

Chemical Engineering

This course gives an introduction to Chemical Engineering. Its basic principles are described through the story of its origins, and the versatility of application of these principles is discussed. Relevant examples are used to illustrate the role of chemical engineering in the modern world by addressing the technical, economic and environmental issues. In parallel, the basic tools of chemical engineering: (mass balances; units and conversions; estimation; the use of experimental data; and technical communication) are introduced to give students a skill set on which to base later years' study.

Civil Engineering

This part of the course provides a brief overview of civil and environmental engineering, followed by an introduction to the field of structural engineering. In structural engineering, the philosophy of design against extreme events and the requirements of structural design are outlined. Much of the course is concerned with failure and collapse of structures, using the concepts of both strength and energy absorption. The results are applied to design calculations for real world structures.

Electrical Engineering

This lecture series aims to put the electrical and electronic engineering course into the context of our everyday lives. The lectures will consist of 3 themes: Renewable Energy; Bioelectronics, sensors & actuators; and sound and audio processing, all of which are chosen because they are hot topics in engineering. In each theme the lecturer will introduce you to the bigger picture and show how each theme plays a significant role in our everyday lives. You will also be shown how to apply fundamental theory relevant to each theme.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering component of the course is intended to equip students with the basics for solving fundamental, yet practically useful, problems in engineering mechanics. Newton's Laws are examined so that the concepts of force and acceleration are clear and applicable to a variety of different problem scenarios. Frictional effects are then introduced so that straight-line motion problems involving vehicles can be solved. The 'resolution of forces' procedure is also taught so that aeroplane, projectile motion and inclined plane problems can be solved. The mechanics of circular motion is dealt with and provides the necessary understanding for solving vehicle problems. In addition to the force based work the course also introduces important ideas on energy and momentum methods for the analysis of many problems. Finally the course concludes with material on elementary fluid mechanics, concentrating primarily on developing an understanding of the basics of incompressible fluid behaviour. All principal topics are supported by a comprehensive tutorial programme.


Tutorials run in three week blocks: weeks 3-5, weeks 6-8, and weeks 9-11. Each student will sign up in advance on Learn for tutorials for two disciplines only. Each student will attend a total of six tutorials over the course.

It is worth pointing out that the value you get out of a tutorial corresponds to the effort that you put into it. As question sheets are issued in advance, do attempt at least some of the questions before the tutorial so that you can identify any difficulties that you may have.


There are two workshops that will run in three week blocks (same as tutorials) and attendance is compulsory. Each student will be allocated to two workshops on Learn. Students are required to submit individual material in advance of workshop 1 as specified on Learn. A group submission is required for workshop 2.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements SCE H-grade Mathematics or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesMathematics to a standard equivalent to SCE H-grade.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  400
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 25, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% of total coursework mark + 80% of total Degree Examination mark
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Engineering 12:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Engineering 12:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain technical material from two of the four Engineering Disciplines listed above.
  2. Solve problems using deductive reasoning and numerical manipulation in two of the four Engineering Disciplines listed above.
  3. Be able to discuss, and reason about, sustainability issues pertaining to Engineering.
  4. Research information using Library and Internet resources.
  5. Work in a team to communicate information that has been researched, and write a detailed report to communicate the issues surrounding a sustainability theme.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsChemical Engineering,Civil Engineering,Electrical Engineering,Mechanical Engineering,Sustainability
Course organiserProf Timothy Stratford
Tel: (0131 6)50 5722
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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