Module title: Engineering Communication

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR07104
Module leader: Andrew Livingstone
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Civil and Transportation
Prerequisites

NA

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Taylor
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The module will comprise of predominantly practical instruction/tutorial sessions supplemented by lectures to provide formal support. Lectures will be two hours in length and will cover examples of best practice in engineering communication. (LOs 1-6)

The tutorial sessions will consist of practical instruction in the use of drawing tools such as AutoCAD. Some of this time will also be allocated for monitoring progress on the coursework element to develop a portfolio of drawing examples. (LOs 1-4)

Practical sessions will also be held in verbal communication through role-play and simulations of real-world engineering situations. (LO 5)

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The module leader and support are both from industry with contractor and consultant backgrounds respectively. Examples of good and bad practice from their industry experience will be used to illustrate current requirements and improve students’ employability skills. (LOs 1-5)

Assessment (formative or summative)
Formative assessment will be undertaken through the production of a portfolio of drawing exercises undertaken by the students during the initial part of the module (LOs 1-3).

Summative assessment will be undertaken through writing a technical report and presentation of findings on an elected technical subject. (LOs 4,5). A class test will be held to assess the students’ knowledge of Building Information Modelling (LO 6).

Research / teaching linkages
Lecture and tutorial discussions will be used to highlight case studies of current research and application of contemporary techniques in engineering communication. Specifically, this will involve the use of extranet collaboration/cloud computing, in particular the use of Building Information Modelling as an emerging form of design tool. (LO 6)

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 146
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 30 1,2,3 4,5,6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 6 12 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Report 30 4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Oral Presentation 30 5 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Obtaining and using base mapping and topographical survey information including the use of grid referencing systems and scales. Recognition of topographical features and methods of drawing mark-up in various scenarios; e.g. on-site, meetings, detailed design or for contractor use. Basics of AutoCAD including drawing opening and manipulation, use of viewports, frames, scaling and basic drafting skills.

Principles of engineering reporting, including understanding the client or stakeholder audience, use of report templates, figures and tables, appendices and referencing. Use of other support software such as MathCAD and Excel. Verbal communication as an engineer, including presentation content and style, timing and engagement in debate and discussion.

SKETCHING

Introduction to Building Information Modelling, summary of historical development, its current importance, tools and software, information required and 3-D models and data.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
LO1: Identify and use sources of survey and mapping data for engineering design projects
LO2: Recognise the key features of a topographical survey
LO3: Create and manipulate basic engineering drawings at scales appropriate to their use
LO4: List the key components of an engineering technical report
LO5: Demonstrate correct style, level and timing when undertaking an engineering presentation.
LO6: Explain how Building Information Modelling is utilised in contemporary Civil Engineering design

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - JOAN VAN EMDEN (2005) WRITING FOR ENGINEERS: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 140394600
Core - BSI (2007) ENGINEERING DRAWING PRACTICE: A GUIDE FOR FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION TO BS 8888:2006, TECHNICAL PRODUCT SPECIFICATION (TPS): BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 0580501111
AHMED ELSHEIKH (1995) AN INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING FOR CIVIL ENGINEERS: MCGRAW HILL, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0077090500
HILLARY HART (2009) ENGINEERING COMMUNICATION: PEARSON PRENTICE HALL, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 0136044204
INSTITUTION OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS (2007) COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS: INSTITUTION OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS, 4th ed. - ISBN: 9780852955208
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