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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 23/06/2022 07:58:09

Title of Module: Programming for Engineers

Code: ENGG07016 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Bassam   Rakhshani

Summary of Module

The module aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of engineering programming and the use of engineering simulation tools. Students will be introduced to programming languages such as; C++, VBA, Matlab and degree specific simulation platforms, where practical steps in programming and simulation process will be taught and practised.

Students will learn to create algorithms for programmes, write scripts to solve engineering problems and generate/produce data. As well as programming and simulation skills, students will develop an understanding of how engineering problems can be simulated and/or solved within computer-based numerical environment. Also, developing an understanding of and applying the obtained data (information) to practical problems in fluid dynamics, mechanics and dynamics. Students will also be introduced to the concept of cybersecurity and its importance in storing, protecting and sharing engineering and personal data.

Through problem based learning the student will develop understanding on how to program through a few languages in order to obtain information from source of data.

This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


- academic: analytical, critical thinker, inquiring

- professional: collaborative


- academic: Knowledgeable, digitally literate

- personal: motivated

- professional: enterprising


- academic: autonomous, incisve, innovative

- personal: creative, imaginative, resilient

- professional: driven, daring

  • This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. Examples of this are found within the module such as active and engaging laboratory and tutorial activity, module assessment which reflects industry programming and simulation problems/activities, development of digital intelligence meta-skills, recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time and the use of integrated group activities supporting learning communities- particularly useful as this is a programme entry level module.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Develop computer algorithms and programmes to solve engineering problems.

L2. Develop and run simulation cases for engineering problems.

L3. Generate, handle and analyse programming and simulation data.

L4. Demonstrate how security measures are used to protect data, networks and software.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Basic knowledge of the structure of a high level language. Structuring problems in a suitable format for program development and presentation.
General knowledge and understanding of security measures are used to protect data, networks and software.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Develop limited computer applications using a high level language. Present information using commonly available media techniques.
Demonstrate how security measures are used to protect data, networks and software.
Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems.
Through the development of algorithms, programs and simulations apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of complex problems presented.
Use practical computer laboratory skills to investigate complex problems.
Adopt a holistic and proportionate approach to the mitigation of security risks.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Use appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to gather data in an appropriate format.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas and concepts through the use of presentation software. Demonstrate the use of programming languages to communicate product information to a selected audience. Demonstrate an understanding of the computer techniques available to enhance the communication of engineering ideas and concepts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Develop and enhanced level of transferable skills that will be of value in working with others in more complex situations.
Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team demonstrating the effectiveness of own and team's performance.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching for this module comprises a series of lectures, IT laboratories, and tutorials. Initial learning for each of the outcomes will be delivered in a traditional lecture manner supported by tutorial and laboratory activity.
Blended learning will be used and comprise VLE online activities to support the face-to-face delivery. Online activities will include discussion forums, online formative quizzes, self-directed exercises and directed further reading/research tasks. Formative feedback will be provided in the tutorial sessions.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Detailed class notes and on-line material.

Kelley, Al.; Pohl, Ira. A book on C : programming in C. Redwood City, Calif. ; Harlow : Addison-Wesley, 1995. 3rd ed.

King, Melvyn.; Pardoe, John.;Vickers, Paul. A first course in computer programming using C. London : McGraw-Hill, 1995.

Hanly, Jeri R.; Koffman, Elliot B.;Horvath, Joan C. C program design for engineers. Reading, Mass. ; Harlow : Addison-Wesley, 1995.

Gookin, Dan. C for dummies. Vol. 1. San Mateo, Calif. : IDG Books, c1994.

Gookin, Dan. C for dummies. Vol. 2. Foster City, Calif. : IDG Books, c1997.

Hahn, Brian D.; Valentine, Daniel T., Essential MATLAB for engineers and scientists [electronic book]. 4th ed. / Brian Hahn, Dan Valentine. London : Academic, c2010.

Attaway, Stormy. MATLAB [electronic book] : a practical introduction to programming and problem solving. 3rd ed. Waltham, MA : Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd, 2013.

Gdeisat, M. and Lilley, F. Matlab by example : programming basics. Amsterdam : Elsevier.

Blundell, Barry, Computer hardware. London : Thomson/Middlesex University Press, 2008.

White, Ron, and Downs, Timothy Edward. How computers work. Indianapolis, Ind. : Que, c2008. 9th ed.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorEsther Smith
External ExaminerP Lewis
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment Category 1: Programming Coursework 50%.
Assessment Category 2: Simulation Coursework 50%.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebook check markcheck markcheck mark500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups.
Students with special needs(including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.

The course will be manages in compliance with the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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