FACULTY OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE
NB Some details below may be subject to change.
The engineering profession is essential to modern society. Engineers draw on
collective professional experience, scientific theory, data and personal
creativity to solve problems. Engineers devise models of physical and
technological systems to understand problems, test designed solutions and
inform decision making. Engineers must consider the health and safety of the
public and sustainability as their highest concerns, and must account for client
and user needs in their designs. This module provides a hands-on experience
of engineering in defining and solving a socio-technical problem. Students will
work in teams to design and build a new system to improve water efficiency
on the UCL estate.
1. Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Use an engineering model to identify an appropriate solution to a
2. Integrate engineering standards, practical know-how and scientific
knowledge in decision making
3. Describe the role of engineering in modern society.
2. Teaching Staff
Dr Sarah Bell
Room Chadwick 117
Phone 020 7679 7874
Prof. Stephen Hailes
Phone 020 7679 3432
3. Water Efficiency at UCL
The main project at the centre of the problem-based element of the module is
likely to involve designing and installing a water metering network in the
Christopher Ingold Building but this has not yet been confirmed.
Each week the seminar will address a general engineering topic, and the
studio will provide specific support for the water efficiency project.
Week Seminar (1 hour) Studio (2 hours) Required Readings
1 What is engineering? Water efficiency
2 The project lifecycle Project requirements
3 Engineering ethics Systems architecture
4 Engineering science Flow in pipes
5 Engineering models Modelling the system
6 Safety and sustainability Technical skills
7 Codes and standards Technical skills
8 Engineering data Data analysis
9 Presenting outcomes Group presentations
10 Engineering challenges Testing and handover
Your final grade for the module will be based on your contribution to group
assessment tasks and two individual tasks. This will be calculated as follows:
Final Mark = Total Group Mark x Personal Contribution Factor + Individual
Group Task Marks Due
Project Scope 20 Week 4
Final Presentation 10 Week 9
Final Report 20 Week 10
Individual Task Marks Due
Essay 30 Week 5
Data analysis 20 Week 8
Project Scoping Document
Each group is required to write a 5 page document outlining the specific
objectives and requirements for the water efficiency project. This document
will define the specific objectives and proposed method for the project. It will
take the client’s briefing document and turn it into a specific set of tasks,
systems, subsystems, deliverables…
Each group will be required to make a final presentation of your findings to all
other groups and clients. Each group will be allocated 45 minutes, which
should include at least 15 minutes for questions.
Each group will submit a final report to the client. The report should be written
to meet the client’s requirements, and as such may not necessarily include all
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of the work done to complete the project. The report should be written to
professional standards and meet the needs of the client.
An individual piece of work demonstrating contribution to the analysis of data,
Write a 1,500 word essay on ONE (1) of the following topics:
1) Essay topic one
2) Essay topic two
3) Essay topic three
Your essay should provide appropriate references to course materials and
Personal Contribution Factors
The contribution factors will be determined by peer assessment. Your
contribution factor will be an average of those submitted by your team
members. Each team member is required to submit contribution factors for
every other member of the team.
Contribution factors can be any number within the range of 0-1.2 according to
the following guidelines:
Contribution Individual Performance
0 made no significant contribution to the group
0.5 half the average contribution to the group
- missed several group meetings
- missed group deadlines
- undermined team performance
1.0 about average contribution to the group
- good attendance at group meetings
- contributed work on time and to a good
- contributed to positive team performance
1.2 an outstanding contribution to the group outcomes
and team performance
You must submit contribution factors for all your team members by
email to Sarah Bell (email@example.com). You may discuss contribution factors
with other team members but must submit your own set of numbers.
Contribution factors submitted to the course co-ordinator will be confidential.
Contribution factors will be subject to fair and reasonable adjustment by the
course co-ordinator. In the case of a contribution factor greater than 1, the
highest mark for the group tasks overall will be 50/50.
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All coursework should be submitted in hard copy to the assignment box near
the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering main office, and an
electronic copy must be submitted through turnitin on the module moodle site.
Engineering Thinking is a 15 credit point module, equivalent to 150 hours
work, including class time, project work, coursework preparation, reading and
This course is scheduled on... The course includes seminars, studios, a field
trip and project work. Students are required to have read the weekly reading
before attending the seminars and studios.
Seminars will be 1 hour per week. Include guests lecturers from industry.
Studios provide more technical input to the project.
This course is supported by Moodle. The site will be used to post lecture
slides, readings, other course materials, and course notices. The course
website can be found by logging in to Moodle at: www.moodle.ucl.ac.uk. The
enrolment key is:
8. Reading List
Bell S. (2011) Engineer, Society and Sustainability Morgan and Claypool
Caan be downloaded for free from the publishers’ website using a UCL
IP address or through the UCL library website:
Go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/database/index.shtml
Find the database called ‘Synthesis Digital Library of
Engineering and Computer Science’
Search for the title from the publishers’ website
McCarthy N (2009) Engineering. A beginners guide. Oxford: One World.
Specific reading list for seminar and studio weeks – 2 required readings, plus
recommended readings, websites and other resources
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Referencing is an important technical aspect of academic writing and academic work.
Referencing ensures that the work of other authors is suitably acknowledged. It is
also crucial in providing evidence and support for your own arguments and positions.
Appropriate referencing is an academic skill that must be learned and practiced. You
will need to correctly reference any material that you use in preparing your
coursework. The library has prepared a useful document titled ‘Citing references and
avoiding plagiarism’ which can be found on-line at
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/CitationPlagiarism.doc to help you learn about
referencing procedures. If you are still uncertain about referencing, please contact
your Tutor who can provide appropriate advice and support to help you develop this
most important skill.
According to UCL policy,
Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of another person’s thoughts or
words or artefacts or software as though they were your own.
Plagiarism includes copying work from other students, submitting work completed by
students in previous years of the course, and copying from journal articles, books
and internet sources without correct referencing. Plagiarism seriously undermines the
integrity of the College and its graduates and if a deliberate case of plagiarism is
suspected in this course it will be treated as cheating under the University of London
Proceedings in Respect of Examination Irregularities.
Further details of the policy and proceedings can be found on the College website at:
There are many reasons why students commit acts of plagiarism. Some students
plagiarise because they are unsure of the conventions for referencing the sources
they used in their research. Other students resort to plagiarism because they feel
unable to adequately complete the assessment tasks in their own words. It is most
important that if you feel that you are not able to deal with the study requirements in
this course or if you are unsure about referencing conventions, then please ask your
Tutor for help. Do not feel tempted to risk your personal reputation and progress
through your degree program by plagiarising or cheating.
It is also most important to remember that each assessment task is an opportunity for
you to learn and to develop skills that will be of great value in professional and other
areas of your life. While you may feel under pressure to complete each assessment
task you should not waste important learning opportunities by dishonestly fulfilling the
assessment requirements, including copying material directly from the internet. If you
are having difficulty meeting assessment deadlines and requirements please contact
your Tutor to work out how best to maximise your learning, rather than resorting to
plagiarism or cheating.
If you are in any way unsure about the rules and interpretations relating to plagiarism
please contact your Tutor for clarification. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this
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