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Course Overview

The course is designed to introduce the students to different methods of communication in the process of interchanging ideas and information. Oral presentation and writing of technical reports are introduced. The importing data from web-based and library-based sources will be integrated through information retrieval and investigative skills training. Professional ethics are covered on plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property. Engineering drawing skills and knowledge of relevant British and International Standards will be developed through intensive training in the use of computer aided design and modelling package, SolidWorks. Standard drawing formats including 3D depiction of stand alone parts and assemblies are covered.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Dominic Van Der

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1. Oral Presentation: Preparing oral presentation using different and appropriate formats; use Microsoft PowerPoint as an effective presentation tool; importing data from other sources into MS PowerPoint.

2. Written Presentation: Devise and follow a standard format of report writing; style and structure of reports; use Microsoft (MS) Word and the facilities for correcting grammar and spelling; importing data from other sources into MS Word; use MS Excel spreadsheets for solving engineering problems and for producing graphs; use the library and the internet website as information resource for written and oral presentations.

3. Ethics, Environment and Personal Development: Introduce plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property, and different standard referencing styles; knowledge of all work is carried out within the confines of plagiarism and copyright laws; an exercise on Famous Engineer leads to a formal report essay for assessing; review of engineering events with environmental issues, personal development planning, and CV writing.

4. Introduction to CAD: Standards for engineering drawings including what a 'standard' is and why it exists; interpreting engineering drawing; use of SolidWorks for 3D sketching and producing 3D objects and assemblies from a series of 3D objects; converting 3D objects and assemblies into first and third angle engineering drawings; reading and converting an engineering drawing to a 3D model; advanced engineering drawings. 

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%) Resit: Students who 'No Paper' any element of assessment will not be given resubmission opportunity and will be required to re-register for this course or its equivalent at the next available opportunity. All other students should be referred to the course coordinator for resubmission.

Formative Assessment

The Students will be formatively assessed through each practical class. The students will have opportunities to show and discuss their work with the markers in their class session. They will also see their marks at the end of the practical sessions. 


Due to 100% continuous assessment and progressive nature of this course together with the student numbers and the volume of submitted work the feedback provided will be of a generic nature. A feedback notes will be provided on MyAberdeen when specific problems and typical errors occurred in the class assignments. Feedback will also be given to individuals for the report assignments. Students who are still unclear about their assignments can contact the course contributor and arrange a meeting to discuss their issues.

Course Learning Outcomes


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