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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
SummaryAll engineers make use of fundamental scientific principles to design and construct the future. They work in inter-disciplinary teams to solve complex problems within the ever-changing environmental, economic, societal and policy landscape.
In this context, Engineering 1 provides an insight into what it is to be an engineer and showcases how engineering is done. It starts you off to a journey to become a successful engineer.
In particular, Engineering 1 will (i) introduce core engineering principles; (ii) explore how these principles can be employed to solve problems within an inter-disciplinary engineering context; (iii) put the problems and solutions into realistic context by taking into account elements of professional ethics, sustainability and safety; and iv) help you develop critical thinking and self-learning skills for flexible and agile engineering practice.
Engineering 1 will be delivered as a combination of pre-recorded lectures, in-person and on-line tutorials, as well as individual and group activities to explore the range of different aspects of relevance in engineering.
Course description The course starts with an ¿Engineering in Context¿ intro where you will explore how engineering impacts the way we live, our role as engineers to address global challenges, and our responsibility towards our society and our planet.
A series of ¿Fundamental Topics¿ of relevance to any engineer will follow: Unit Measures, Dimensional Analysis, Guestimation practice, and Experimental Skills. These are simple but extremely powerful engineering tools that can be employed within an inter-disciplinary context.
Your learning will be assessed through four coursework submissions, corresponding to four ¿Projects¿. In the Projects you will develop and build engineering designs and experiments, propose meaningful solutions to wicked problems, and consolidate your learning through reflective essays. You will do so by taking into account elements of professional ethics and the society, safety in the workplace, sustainability and the environment. The Projects are designed to help you nurture your professional skills and engineering judgement.
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
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Solve problems of general engineering relevance using deductive reasoning and mathematical manipulation, with a systems engineering perspective;
  2. Employ dimensional analysis and estimation tools as shortcut approaches to solve complex open-ended problems within an inter-disciplinary context;
  3. Discuss and reason about ethics, safety, environment and sustainability issues pertaining to engineering;
  4. Understand and explain the fundamentals of a range of industry and research applications of engineering and transfer these basics to tackle different problems with reflective engineering judgement;
  5. Communicate effectively with others and collaborate within a team to tackle cross-disciplinary problems.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsChemical Engineering,Civil Engineering,Electrical Engineering,Mechanical Engineering
Course organiserDr Simone Dimartino
Tel: (0131 6)50 5598
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Yuille
Tel: (0131 6)51 7073
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