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GENG0015 Coursework

Module Overview

This module combines development of laboratory skills, computing skills and scientific writing skills. Computer applications - This part of the Coursework Module offers you: • an introduction to the digital world in the context of academic study within the UK Higher Education system and • an introduction to programming in Python

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Laboratory and measurement techniques
  • Good practice in recording and reporting experimental procedure and results
  • Computer Applications: Digital literacies and the use of common digital tools
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss practical examples where the theoretical concepts developed in the other modules apply
  • Communicate scientific information
  • Computer Applications: Use a computer to solve engineering problems
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Manage your own learning
  • Apply mathematical methods to solve problems
  • Apply problem solving techniques to familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Communicate scientific information effectively
  • Record, analyse and evaluate data effectively
  • Use IT to support your learning
  • Work effectively in a group


The topics covered depend on the Foundation Year pathway for which you are enrolled. Full details of the requirements can be found in the document ‘Required Coursework’ available on the Foundation Year Blackboard site. All students undertake laboratory work: • For students not taking a language pathway this covers topics from mechanical science, electricity and electronics and engineering principles. • For students on language pathway A this covers topics from mechanical science and engineering principles. In addition students on this pathway undertake an extended language project. • For students on language pathway B this covers topics from mechanical science and electricity and electronics. In addition students on this pathway undertake an extended language project. All students complete 2 formal laboratory reports based on their practical work. All students undertake work on computer applications. This involves work on digital literacies, use of online tools and an introduction to programming. A description of the computer applications work is provided as an annexe to this module descriptor Computer Applications: Weeks 1 – 4 Becoming a digitally literate student • To introduce the use of Digital Literacies to support becoming a student in a digital age • The use of digital tools for: ▫ Personal effectiveness in support of becoming an engineer. ▫ Communication to share, analyse, and present data. ▫ Collaboration tools for team working. Weeks 5 - 14 Introduction to programming in Python Weeks 15 – 24 Team project – building an e-learning app

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning activities include • Practical sessions • Writing laboratory reports • Self-paced study • Extended writing exercises (language pathways only) • Group work. Teaching methods include • Lectures, • Tutorials/Workshops/ • Laboratories • Self-paced courses Computer Applications: Learning activities include • Practical sessions • Programming exercises • Self-paced study • Project work • Group project work. Teaching methods include • Lectures, • Tutorials/Workshops/Computer labs

Follow-up work36
Completion of assessment task100
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Practical classes and workshops92
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Laboratory space and equipment. Foundation Year laboratory


Assessment Strategy

Referral Policy: Referred students will be asked to complete a number of assessment tasks, which may include a laboratory examination during the supplementary exam session in August/September, sufficient to demonstrate they have achieved those learning outcomes not met on the first attempt. Method of repeat year: Internally only. In order to be able to repeat externally, you must have already attained a pass in this module (at least 60%).


MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students may wish to purchase additional laboratory notebooks. Cost varies depending on personal choice.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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