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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


ENGF0001 Engineering Challenges

ENGF0001 Engineering Challenges

This module is taught by the Faculty of Engineering Sciences as part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP). Please consult the Integrated Engineering Programme website for the most up-to-date information about IEP modules.

FHEQ Level:
4 (Undergraduate Yr 1)
Term 1
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:

Taught By

Dr Kate Roach (Module Coordinator):
Kate Roach

Module Overview

This module aims to provide students with an engaging and interdisciplinary view of engineering that is consistent with a rigorous core of fundamental mathematics, modelling and analytical skills, but is firmly embedded in the professional practice of engineering and the context of design. It provides students with an awareness of an engineer’s influential role in the 21st century and an understanding of the impact associated with engineering decisions.

The module is intended to introduce students to learning through practice. Students work in a problem-based learning, design-focused environment which will push them to use and develop creative problem-solving aspects of engineering design and research as practiced by ‘real’ engineers and computer scientists in industry and academia.  At the same time it will help students to develop the professional skills that they will need for the future.

Engineering Challenges

The module is structured around two major five-week integrated design challenges:

  • Challenge 1 is a discipline-based project which will introduce students to their studies in their department.
  • Challenge 2 is an inter-disciplinary project based around global health.

The two Challenges have been set up such that each offers a new and creative experience for the students. The learning outcomes of the second Challenge build from those of the first Challenge. Similarly, the student’s depth of technical knowledge and experiences are expected to progress from the outcomes of the first, setting a baseline from which to build in the second. At the end of the module a comprehensive set of learning outcomes will have been achieved.

The Challenges have also been aligned to facilitate the student’s practice and exploration of the ‘design cycle’. The first Challenge has been designed to give students the time to exhaust and engage in the investigative, creative, critical thinking, conceptual and iterative steps within the upper half of the design cycle, whilst the second Challenge is heavily focused on having the students design, model, make/prototype and test their way to a unique design.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Communicate the role and the value of their chosen discipline to others.
  • Learn through their own research and enquiry.
  • Understand a human-centred design approach.
  • Identify and define the requirements, constraints and design parameters of a project.
  • Solve problems creatively and think critically in the context of a project.
  • Gain improved technical knowledge and understanding of their engineering discipline.
  • Understand the purpose and interaction between multi-disciplinary teams working on a single project.
  • Work effectively within a team.
  • Appreciate the ways in which engineering projects might be influenced by consideration of risk, sustainability, ethics and human context.
  • Take leadership opportunities.


This module is assessed entirely through coursework exercises.

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