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Undergraduate Course: Engineering Principles 1 (SCEE08012)

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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 Principles 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 Principles 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 Principles 1 will be delivered as a combination of pre-recorded lectures and in-person tutorials, as a combination of learning materials in Learn and in-person activities to explore the range of different aspects of relevance in engineering.
Course description The course is structured around two main areas, the Topics and the Projects.

The Topics will cover a series of fundamental subjects of relevance to any engineer: Unit Measures, Dimensional Analysis, Guesstimation practice, and Experimental Skills. These are simple but extremely powerful engineering tools that can be employed within an inter-disciplinary context.

In the Projects you will develop and build engineering designs and then go on to 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.

The material posted in Learn and signposted in weekly briefs will help you broaden your perspective on the Projects, in turn supporting the completion of your coursework submissions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  580
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 165 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
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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, mathematical manipulation and a systems approach;
  2. Employ estimation approaches as practical shortcut methods to solve complex open-ended problems within an inter-disciplinary context;
  3. Develop self-learning skills and reflective judgement, creating a basis for the acquisition of engineering fundamentals;
  4. Discuss and reason about professional ethics, safety, environment and sustainability issues pertaining to engineering practice;
  5. Communicate effectively with others and collaborate within a team working to solve cross-disciplinary problems.
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Course organiserDr Simone Dimartino
Tel: (0131 6)50 5598
Course secretaryMr Tom Lawford-Groves
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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