Core Module Information
Module title: Mechanical Principles

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

Module code: MEC07106
Module leader: Colin Boswell
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics

Notes: [*] These modules, in particular, are likely to have limited spaces (due to popularity and restrictions on laboratory size and resources)

Description of module content:

The module will cover the following:
Engineering Units, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Statics, Dynamics, Work, Energy, Power, Stress and Strain, Elasticity. Pressure, Temperature, Volume, Thermal Energy, Heat Capacity, Gas Laws, Non-flow Systems, Steady-flow Systems, Bernoulli, Vapours, Heat Transfer.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: understand and be able to use and convert the basic units used in engineering.
LO2: understand and apply the fundamental mechanical engineering principles to simple systems.
LO3: perform an engineering analysis of a mechanical system.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, 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: Colin Boswell
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LO’s

The students will be given a series of lectures, tutorials and practical work. The teaching material will include worked examples and a range of tutorial questions for the students to undertake out-with the classroom(LOs 1,2,3). The lectures will be used to present the principles and demonstrate their application through worked examples(LOs 1,2,3). Practical laboratory exercises will allow the students to apply the theory to real systems(LOs 1,2,3). Class tests will be used to assess the students’ performance(LOs 1,2,3).
The teaching methods and assessments are appropriate to the delivery model: 1 hour lecture and 2 hours tutorial/practical per week.

Embedding of Employability/PDP/scholarship

The lab exercises build upon the students’ analytical skills. The main emphasis is on problem modelling and analysis and finally on reflection of the results and methods used. Comparison is made between the theory and the lab measurements.The students are required to report on their results and learning.
All laboratories involve group collaboration work. A logbook of all the practical work must be kept up to date and submitted for assessment.

Research/ teaching linkages
Students may use primary research in preparing for the practical lab exercises

The module leader is an active researcher and ensures that he is up-to-date with the latest developments in his subject area. This gives him the opportunity to share his knowledge with the students, where applicable and as appropriate to the module learning outcomes.

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:
Assessment (Formative and Summative)

Formative assessment is provided within the tutorial and practical laboratory sessions.
Summative assessment is provided by:

Lab Exercises (Practical) – LOs 1,2,3
Class Test 1 – LOs 1,2,3
Class Test 2 – LOs 1,2,3
Class Test 3 – LOs 1,2,3
Class Test 4 – LOs 1,2,3

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 32
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 16
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 123
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 20 1,2,3 7 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 20 1,2,3 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 20 1,2,3 22 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 20 1,2,3 22 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 20 1,2,3 29 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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