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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH102P Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills 1

MECH102P Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills 1

The module aims to provide the ability to communicate engineering concepts using drawing languages needed for product design and scientific reporting of practical experiences. Learners will also familiarize themselves with the basic techniques that are required in running and analysing laboratory experiments.

Code: MECH102P
Alt Codes: None
Title: Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills 1
Level: 1
UCL Credits/ECTS: 0.5/7.5
Start: January
End: April
Taught by: Mr Matthew Gaston


  • ENGS102P Design & Professional Practice

Method of Instruction

Lectures, tutorials, workshop practice and laboratory experiences.


  • Coursework (45%)
  • Major lab report (50%)
  • Workshop practice (5%)

To pass this course, students must:

Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined


This course focuses on the most essential forms of engineering communications, including programming, graphical languages and reporting.

The first part of the course is concerned with graphical engineering communication, and builds up on the faculty led course ENGS102P Design and Professional Practice, to develop specific skills related with mechanical engineering drawing as a means of communicating engineering concepts and product design. The course aims at providing a comprehensive introduction to drafting, sketching, and CAD transitioning techniques; focusing on mechanical engineering features and manufacturing processes. A one-day workshop practice course will complement this section of the course, enabling the students to familiarize themselves with basic operations on workshop machinery.

The second part of the course aims at introducing the basic techniques that are required by Mechanical Engineering students in running and analysing laboratory experiments. This section of the course is horizontally integrated to replace traditional discipline specific laboratory courses in the different engineering disciplines, with the objective is to provide a more integrated and life-long learning skills, better focused on methodologies for interpreting engineering problems, analysing data, interpreting and presenting results.

General Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse mechanical drawings;
  • Interpret and report the results from a lab experience and analyse experimental errors and uncertainty;

Skills and attributes

  • Upon completion of this module students should be able to:
  • Apply the knowledge of sketching and technical drawing for the representation of mechanical engineering components;
  • Use available tools from hand-sketching to 3D CAD to produce mechanical drawing;
  • Understand and safely perform a range of basic operations on workshop machinery g. a lathe
  • Plan and perform a laboratory experience;
  • Write a clear report which conforms to specified requirements of structure and
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