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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 09/09/2022 14:28:33

Title of Module: Applied Engineering Science

Code: ENGG07002 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:Asraf  Uzzaman

Summary of Module

Units and dimensions.  Gas laws of Boyle, Charles and Gay-Lussac.  Chemical reactions of combustion fuels, rocket fuels and explosives.

Temperature scales; thermometry; expansion and contraction; conduction and convection; gas laws; vaporisation and condensation; energy conservation; heat capacity, thermal gradients; 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, insulation, thermal imaging.

Longitudinal and transverse waves; waves in a string; sound waves; wave velocity, frequency and wavelength; levels of sound; ultrasonics and NDT; light waves; electromagnetic spectrum; reflection and refraction; total internal reflection; lasers.

Electric charge, current, voltage, resistance; Ohm’s law; DC circuits; AC circuits; magnetic effects of current; power; earthing; safety transistors; integrated circuits; difference between analogue and digital; binary number system.

Properties of fluids; dimensions and dimensional analysis; pressure, viscosity, density, surface tension, buoyancy, the Archimedes effect and hydrostatic forces, and flow regimes.

The importance of materials in engineering. Periodic table, properties of the elements, atomic & subatomic structure, bonding forces in molecules, molecular compounds. Introduction to crystal structures

Properties and application of metallic materials. Production, properties and application of iron and steel. Brittle fracture. Alloys of aluminium. Corrosion of metals, corrosion protection.

Properties and application of plastics and polymeric materials. Properties and application of composites e.g. as sport equipment, marine boats.

Development, properties and application of smart materials.  Sustainability and environmental issues of material usage. Recyclability.

  • During the course of this module students will develop their UWS Graduate Attributes ( ). Universal: Academic attributes - critical thinking and analytical & inquiring mind; Work-Ready: Academic attributes - discipline of deadlines in document submission; Successful : autonomous, driven and resilient. Workshops and sessions over the two terms will give students background in Intellectual Property, Innovation, Employability and Enterprise

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. To summarise the basic knowledge of engineering materials and apply the properties of materials to their use in the engineering industry.

L2. To summarise and apply knowledge of the essential scientific principles underlying engineering.

L3. To source legitimate published data on material properties and fluids and cite such intellectual property in a standard, recognised manner.

L4. To summarise and apply knowledge of fluids (static) properties and their application in engineering

L5. To recognise the sustainability of both existing and innovative fuels and materials in terms of the environmental impact made by their use

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.

• Knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning engineering physics and engineering materials
• Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of engineering physics and engineering materials.
• Introduction to the use of relevant materials, equipment and processes

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

• Develop knowledge, understanding and practical engineering skills acquired through work carried out in problem-based learning, laboratories and workshops
• Be able to carry out risk assessments before carrying out basic laboratory and workshop activities

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

• Be able to apply appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to basic problems.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

• Develop transferable skills in communication by presenting laboratory reports.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

• Exercise autonomy and initiative in carrying out the defined activities at a professional level.

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

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module include lectures, tutorials and laboratories.
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 Delivery33
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop3
Independent Study152
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:

Fundamentals of Material Science and Engineering, 10th edition SI Version, Callister, W.D. and D.G.Rethswisch, J. Wiley (2020).

Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences, 6th Edition, Cengel, Y. A, J M Cimbala and R H Turner, McGraw-Hill (2021).

Principles of Electric Circuits: Pearson New International Edition: Conventional Current Version, 9/E by Thomas L Floyd (2013)

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions and to engage with all formative and summative assessment elements.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorParag Vichare
External ExaminerP Lewis
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering’ This module is part of the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering accredited by IMechE and the BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering accredited by IChemE.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment for the module includes both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessment is provided in the form of class exercise problems, during tutorial sessions, during laboratory sessions and as part of the preparation for written submissions.

Summative assessment will be based on the following: (a) final written exam worth 60% of the final mark,
(b) laboratory reports worth 40% of the final mark, which are geared towards degree-specific activities.
(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) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen open bookcheck markcheck mark check markcheck mark602

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 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.
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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