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2024/25 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 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

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.


This module has the following objectives:

- To delve into the global engineering industry, exploring company types, industry sectors, and the comprehensive production cycle.
- To learn about diverse roles within the workplace, focusing on topics such as personal development, CV writing, and the recruitment process.
- To provide an understanding of research, innovation, and entrepreneurship in engineering, emphasising the practical aspects of working in the industry through case studies and company profiles.
- To learn about ethical considerations, professionalism, and sustainability, including the ethics of AI within the broader context of sustainability, systems engineering, and innovation.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
1. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex professional practice problems.
2. Design solutions for complex professional practice problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate. This will involve consideration of applicable health and safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards.
3. Apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of complex professional practice problems.
4. Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex professional practice problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts.
5. Identify and analyse ethical concerns and make reasoned ethical choices informed by professional codes of conduct.
6. Use a risk management process to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks (the effects of uncertainty) associated with a particular project or activity.
7. Adopt a holistic and proportionate approach to the mitigation of security risks.
8. Adopt an inclusive approach to engineering practice and recognise the responsibilities, benefits and importance of supporting equality, diversity and inclusion.
9. Select and apply appropriate materials, equipment, engineering technologies and processes.
10. Discuss the role of quality management systems and continuous improvement in the context of broadly-defined professional practice problems.
11. Apply knowledge of engineering management principles, commercial context, project and change management, and relevant legal matters including intellectual property rights.
12. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. Evaluate effectiveness of own and team performance.
13. Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used.
14. Plan and record self-learning and development as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills:
a) Searching and using technical literature
b) Design skills
c) Integrated systems approach
d) Sustainability
e) Professional ethics practice
f) Risk management
g) Mitigate security risks
h) Equality, diversity and inclusion
i) Technical awareness of engineering materials, equipment, technologies, and processes
j) Quality management
k) Engineering and project management
l) Teamwork
m) Communication
n) Lifelong learning


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

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

2 x Coursework

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, which may include 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 AssessmentIndividual Report40.00
In-course AssessmentGroup Report60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/05/2024


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