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Introduction to First Year Engineering Modules

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Jasmine Brittan | Civil Engineering Contact Jasmine
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Joining university from secondary school, I did not know what to expect when it came to the content of my engineering degree. As many of us have only studied maths and physics, not engineering, I will use this blog post to give a summary of what to expect for each module. A short disclaimer is that some of the assessment methods below will have changed due to the pandemic however I will just be talking about my past experience during first year. Also note, that my assessments during third term will also be different to past experiences, as these were placed online. 

Overall, you will have nine core modules throughout the year each worth 15 CATS, bar one. These modules give you an insight into different aspects of engineering and everyone follows these core general engineering modules until the second term of second year. Overall, I enjoyed all of the modules as they provided me with a differing set of knowledge, and I would highly recommend the degree. I will summarise each one of the modules below:

Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and Practice (ES101)

This is an introductory module to life studying engineering at Warwick and will comprise of teaching you a number of basic skills. You will have one lecture a week covering subjects such as diversity in engineering, CV, health and safety as well as company talks. The assignments I received for this module including doing an introductory MATLAB course, writing my CV and writing a reflective report about where I would like to work in the future. 

Dynamics and Thermodynamics (ES190)

This module is taught entirely in term 2 and is split into two parts: with both dynamics and then the thermodynamics part being taught by different lectures. You will have two assessed labs whereby you will have an hour after the lab to write the lab report and submit this. These are each worth 15% and the summer exam makes up the rest of the module grade. Past exam papers and solutions can also be found on the Warwick engineering student pages! 

Electrical and Electronic Circuits (ES191)

When I think back to this module, it reminds me very much of labs. If I remember correctly, we had five labs split over the second term in which we tested a number of different electrical components and learnt how to solder. Each lab we filled out a lab book with various data which was then assessed in online quizzes which were each worth 10% of our grade. A lab report then had to be formed on the basis of this lab. The remainder of the module was taught through weekly lectures and culminated in an end of year exam.

Engineering Design (ES192)

Overall, this was a very practical module and did not have a formal examination. During our first term, we were taught the basics of Autodesk Fusion 360, a CAD modelling software, and had to submit a design portfolio at the end of term. In the second term, we then completed a Civil Engineering Design Sprint which was a group project comprising of a task we had to manufacture and build a drawbridge within a couple of weeks while submitting a group report. We were also due to have a Mechanical Engineering Design Sprint in term 3 however this was cancelled. 

Engineering Mathematics (ES193)

The basis of this module is to ensure everyone’s mathematical ability is the same after first year. Some people enter the university with further maths and some without so there is a subsequent gap between student’s knowledge. This module aims to eliminate this however if you did have further maths, you will find the content easier during first term. On the other hand, there is a lot of support available for this module such as a maths support group on Wednesdays and you will go through questions additionally with your personal tutor each week. This module is 100% assessed through examination at the end of the year. 

Introduction to Engineering Business Management (ES194)

Now this module isn’t typically engineering focussed however it is a very essential skill needed for when you move into the workplace. I really enjoyed this module and was also a module ambassador. The module consisted of a January exam, company analysis report (in which we visited the factory of either Jaguar or Land Rover), and then a mid-term test to assess our knowledge so far. 

Materials for Engineering (ES195)

Manufacturing, coating, and lifecycle techniques are taught through this module as well as four labs, each worth 10% assessed through a short test after the lab. The exam worth 60% is then taken in January and I did many past papers for this module, over Christmas. 

Statics and Structures (ES196)

This module is civil engineering based giving you the basic knowledge to take into second year and further studies. You will look at beams, bending and forces for the exam and have a laboratory report worth 30%. You will have one lab report to right which will be randomly assigned out of the four labs you complete during the first term. 

Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computation (ES197)

The systems modelling module is a combination of both the practical labs furthering your MATLAB skills (worth 30%) and lectures teaching you to analyse varying systems overall. The module then has a summer exam worth 40%. You will also have a group project taking place in term 3, worth another 30%, however I we did not take part in this during term 3. 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Jasmine Brittan | Civil Engineering Contact Jasmine
Simply ask me about anything! I specifically can answer questions…
Find out more about me Contact Jasmine

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