Engineering Skills 1 ENG1026

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides a foundation for engineering and communication skills across engineering. It starts with interrelated sections on communication, workshop practice and introduction to CAD, underpinned by laboratories. This leads into a design, build and test project, which is specific to the student's particular programme within engineering.


1 lecture per week

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses






60% Project work - Design, build and test project including design report, related CAD input, presentation/communication and peer assessment (60%)

20% Coursework - Workshop Skills including related CAD exercise

20% Coursework - Communication assignment, report, presentation, poster and peer review (20%)



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

This course aims to integrate engineering design activities with the application and construction of components, structures and systems, and to develop the basic design and communications skills relevant to team work and the role of engineers in industry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ write a technical report that conforms to appropriate engineering conventions;

■ use the library and other resources to research an engineering topic;

■ use correct engineering conventions to cite references;

■ give oral and poster presentations relevant to problem solving with some level of confidence;

■ act as a member of a team working towards a common goal within an engineering context;

■ describe the role of professional engineers and importance of career development;

■ demonstrate workshop skills in terms of accuracy, efficiency and safety of fabrication processes;

■ explain the open-ended nature of design process with respect to an engineering product/component, system or structure;

■ operate the generic elements of CAD software to produce engineering drawings;

■ tackle engineering design, build and test activities for a component, system and /or structure including model making and evaluation with a level of competence.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.