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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG1048 Module Title: TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE0115
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: WHITING MJ Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Runs across both the Autumn and Spring Semester.
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Semester 1 Coursework Writing Skills (learning outcomes assessed a, b, c and f)




Semester 2 Coursework Presentation Skills (learning outcome assessed e)


Semester 2 Coursework IT Skills (learning outcomes assessed d and f)






Qualifying Condition(s) 


An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview

This module introduces the concept of transferable skills. It raises awareness about their role in both study at degree level and in a future career. The scope of transferable skills covered includes writing skills, research skills, presentation skills, use of a Word Processor, data presentation and spreadsheet calculations using simple mathematical and logical functions. The lectures, tutorials and some aspects of the assessment are designed to be formative. Some summative assessment also takes place.






Normal entry requirements for a level 1 degree programme in CCE and MMA.


Module Aims
  • To provide students with:


    ·       An introduction and development of basic skills related to information technology, independent learning and extended writing.


    ·       An awareness of the importance of transferable skills and a foundation for the development of these skills.


    ·       More advanced information technology skills associated with spreadsheet use and the production of visual aids for presentations.


    ·       An introduction and development of skills related to oral presentations, including the roles of session chairman, speaker and provider of feedback. 


Learning Outcomes

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


a)      show an awareness of the importance of transferable skills as an aid to study and in professional practice;


b)      write structured reports and present numerical data in appropriate graphical form;


c)      demonstrate knowledge of the basics of how to use MS Word and MS Excel;


d)      have knowledge of and be able to apply some of the advanced features of MS Excel and the basic features of MS PowerPoint;


e)      structure and deliver a short oral presentation, chair a session and provide verbal feedback on an oral presentation;


f)        demonstrate IT and independent learning skills commensurate with Level HE1 and be aware of the importance of written and verbal communication in engineering practice.


Module Content

Information technology skills:


Introduction to basic features of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Some advanced functions of Microsoft Excel (in particular logical functions). The basic functions of Microsoft PowerPoint.


Communication skills:


The basics of extended writing.


Study skills:


An introduction to research skills, self-learning and exam revision. A knowledge of the penalties applied for plagiarism and how to avoid it.


Presentation Skills:


The basic principles of formal academic presentations. This includes the preparation and delivery of such a presentation as well as chairing and giving feedback for other presentations.


Methods of Teaching/Learning

7 hrs lectures, 18 hrs tutorial work, 30 hrs assignment work and 45 hrs independent learning.


Total student learning time 100 hours.


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading


Module handbook and University online teaching packages for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.



Recommended Reading


·         Race P, How to Get a Good Degree: Making the most of your time at university, Maidenhead: Open University Press, 1999. (ISBN 0-335-20024-9)



Liengme BV
, A Guide to Microsoft Excel for Scientists and Engineers, 2nd ed, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000. (ISBN 07506 50575)


·         Tierney EP, How to Make Effective Presentations, Sage, 1996. (ISBN 08039 59567)


·         Pears, R, Cite them right : the essential guide to referencing and plagiarism. Newcastle : Pear Tree Books, 2005. (ISBN 09551 21604)


Last Updated

01 October 2010