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ISVR6147 Professional Aspects of Engineering

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Knowledge and understanding of management techniques and practices, and business techniques, including project and change management, that may be used to achieve engineering objectives, their limitations, and how they may be applied appropriately
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Awareness that engineering activities should promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate
  • Awareness of relevant regulatory requirements governing engineering activities in the context of the particular specialisation
  • Ability to apply engineering techniques, taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • An ability to evaluate commercial risk
  • Awareness of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
  • Ability to critically summarise technical articles and presentations in your discipline.
  • Understanding of different roles within an engineering team and the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader
  • Ability to design experiments so as to have sufficient statistical power
  • Ability to display and analyse experimental results statistically.
  • Awareness that engineers need to take account of the commercial and social contexts in which they operate


Ethics, sustainability and management - Business and management techniques, project, people and change management, budgeting and finances. - Risk evaluation and management - Ethical engineering (honesty, integrity, respect for: law, life and the environment) - Sustainability - environmental impacts and the associated legal frameworks, engineering design for sustainability within the prevailing economic and social context. - Design of new products - Industrial case studies Statistics - Experimental design - Descriptive and inferential statistics - Hypothesis testing - Effect sizes and statistical power Comprehension - Structure and layout of technical reports - Critical review of technical article and presentation - Presentation of technical results (poster and oral) - Literature search Measurement Methods - Standard instrumentation and techniques for sound and vibration measurements

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This is a two-semester course, with one double lecture per week for both semesters. Some of these will be held in CLS workstation rooms to facilitate computer tutorial sessions, others will take the form of group workshop. Ethics and Business Practice: This will be taught through lectures, augmented with discussions. External speakers will illustrate issues using real world experience. Comprehension: This will be taught in a collaborative group setting. Students will be asked to attend seminars in the ISVR Engineering Research Seminar series and these will subsequently be discussed in class. Similarly a mixture of classic and recent research articles in sound and vibration journals will be read and discussed in class with students providing feedback to each other on the effectiveness of their summaries. Students will also make peer-assessments of their fellow students’ summaries. Measurement: This will be taught in two practical formative lab classes, one on sound and vibration measurement and one on computational software. Preparatory study material will be provided for both. Statistics: A series of interactive lectures and computer-based exercises with online self-paced quizzes and tests Independent study as required to study the online material, to prepare for both labs and write up the second one and to complete the rest of the coursework.

Independent Study96
Practical classes and workshops14
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

The Study Skills Toolkit. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 50%
Final Assessment  50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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