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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5032M Modern Industry Practice

15 creditsClass Size: 240

Module manager: Professor Ian Robertson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

ELEC5031M Industry Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective


Professional engineers need to have a sound knowledge of how the engineering industry operates, including the different roles within companies, the operation of supply chains, legal and contractual issues, and much more. This knowledge is also vital for individual career planning. This module aims to develop a detailed understanding of the global engineering industry and to assist students in making appropriate career plans.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Discuss the global nature of the engineering industry, how products are taken from research and development through to the customer, and the key roles needed within typical companies.
2. Discuss the environmental and societal impact of engineering activities, including the life-cycle of a products and processes, and evaluate strategies to support mitigation of adverse impacts.
3. Design technology solutions for complex problems that meet societal, business and customer needs.
4. Apply relevant codes of practice and industry standards to satisfy health and safety, ethical, commercial and manufacturing requirements, in the context of implementing a technical system/solution.
5. Work within a team, evaluating the effectiveness of the team and individual performance.
6. Develop presentation skills.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Overview of the global Engineering Industry
Company types and Industry Sectors
The Production Cycle: Systems, subsystems, components, assembly, quality, sales, distribution, supporting activities
Personality types and roles in the workplace
Personal development, writing a CV, the recruitment process
Research, innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering
Working in Industry
Exemplar case studies; Company Profiles and practicing Engineers
Ethical codes and responsibility, professionalism and sustainability
Sustainability, systems engineering and innovation
Ethics of AI

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Guest lecture21.002.00
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentReport40.00
In-course AssessmentPresentation30.00
In-course AssessmentProgress Logs30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 20/10/2023 14:22:15


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