Applied Engineering

ECTS Value: 6 ECTS

Contact Hours: 30

Self Study Hours: 72

Assessment Hours: 48


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module will give an opportunity for course participants to reflect on their daily living in order to observe and realise that great masterpieces of engineering are everywhere. As soon as people get out of bed in the morning, they are putting centuries of scientific and mechanical ingenuity to use. So familiar are these structures, inventions, and services that they are all but invisible. Yet they are just as remarkable as great works such as the Parthenon, the Pyramids, and the Neolithic Temples. Discover how every new house is safe, constructible, cohesive to sustainable development and reasonably economical. 

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a. Foster intrigue in students on the concept of engineering and the engineering profession;
b. Develop workshops which demonstrate different engineering concepts;
c. Establish links between the taught curriculum in schools and everyday engineering works.


a. Develop knowledge on the different ways with which engineering inventions have shaped our lives;
b. Detail the different people working in the fields of engineering and their contribution to society;
c. Outline the different routes with which one can become an engineer;
d. Develop understanding the gender gap that exists in the field of engineering and how to help the young generation close this gap.


a. Demonstrate knoweldge and appreciation in the different fields of engineering;
b. Recommend appropriate learning routes to students interested in engineering;
c. Devise workshops that illustrate the application of an engineering concept.


Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List

1. Farndon, John, Ferguson, Hugh, Fullman, Joe, Gibson, Carrie, Graham, Ian, MacGill, Sally, Parker, Philip, Regan, Sally, and Weeks, Markus. Engineering: From the Great Pyramids to Spacecraft. Penguin Group, Hart-Davis, Adam (Editor). 2012
2. Blockley, David. Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions). OUP Oxford. 2012.

Supplementary Reading List

1. Petroski, Henry. The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems. 2011
2. Thwaites, Thomas. The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build A Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch. Princeton Architectural Press. 2011

Skip to content