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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


ENGS102P Design and Professional Skills

To be successful engineers, our students need to be able to identify and analyse problems, conceive and design potential solutions, liaise with and present to clients, and work with and direct colleagues. They need to do these things efficiently, ethically, professionally, and competently, and, often, they need to do them quickly. Although it is possible to learn these skills ‘by osmosis’, this can take years—even decades—of trial and error.

Our goal is to provide the students with tools at the start of their degrees that will make them more effective during their university career and, crucially, enable them to work as competent professionals not just when they graduate, but when they do projects and internships.

Code: ENGS102P
Alt Codes: None
Title: Design and Professional Skills
Level: 1
UCL Credits/ECTS: 0.5/7.5
Start: September
End: April
Taught By: Dr. Sunny Bains
Dr. Kate Roach
Ms. Jane Britton


  • None


  • Practical Assessment (40%)
  • Coursework (60%)
    • Online Quizzes, Technical Reports, Presentation, Practical Assessment.


  • Introduction to Engineering/Course/Time Management
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Team working
  • Ethics/Discipline-specific ethics
  • Leadership
  • Design Cycle
  • Research/Information
  • Writing
  • Time and Project Management
  • Technical argument
  • Presentation/Visualisation
  • Industry standards/Professional conduct

ENGS102P Design and Professional Skills

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Outline the basic elements of the design cycle and use these to tackle real engineering problems
  • Give examples of ethical issues related to engineering and recall tools that can be used to analyse future problems as they arise
  • Give examples of how their specific discipline interacts with sustainability and describe their responsibilities as an engineer in this regard
  • Describe an engineering problem and its constraints in a concise written or spoken report
  • List the basic tools for critical thinking and problem solving and use these to tackle real problems, whether engineering or otherwise
  • Identify and describe the utility of important structural features in writing and presentation (such as introductions, conclusions, and topic sentences), use these effectively, and evaluate their use in others’ work
  • Analyse the audience for a given communication (report or talk) and determine the appropriate point of view, level of detail, and jargon
  • Identify their own strengths and weaknesses as potential team members (in terms of work habits, technical knowledge, and ability to communicate) and develop a plan to address their weaknesses and capitalise on their strengths
  • Describe basic concepts in entrepreneurship, and recall the facilities available to them to develop their abilities in this area
  • Recall the basic elements of engineering drawing, and identify whether further study in this area is appropriate for them
  • Recognise the level of conduct expected of them by the body governing their profession, explain why such codes of conduct are necessary; and recall where they are spelled out in detail
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