Module Overview

Engineering Science

This module is to introduce the learner to basic physics principles and experimental analysis. The module is of importance to graduates of engineering intending to pursue a career in any engineering discipline.

Module Code

EENG H1014

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Becoming an Engineer in the 21st century

The role of an Engineer with an organisation, the responsibilities of an Engineer, working in a multidisciplinary organisation.


Review of Basic units, derived units, dimensions. Resolution and sources of experimental errors.

Engineering Mechanics: Introduction to Statics and Dynamics

Statics: Newton’s laws. Resultant, equilibrium and components of a force. Co-planar and concurrent forces. Triangle, parallelogram and polygon of forces. Centre of gravity.Dynamics:Laws of motion. Momentum, Principle of conservation of momentum.

Waves, Sound and Light

Basic properties of waves, transverse and longitudinal waves, wavelength, amplitude, period, frequency, principle of superposition, interference, diffraction.Characteristics of sound: frequency, loudness and timbre. Frequency characteristics of human ear and of voice and music. Concept of Bandwidth and its applications. Resonance of sound waves. Reflection and refraction of sound waves.Nature of light: EM Spectrum and units. Response of eye, colour vision and colour triangle.


Temperature scales and thermometers. Measurement of temperature in terms of expansion, thermocouples, resistance thermistors and semiconductors.Heat properties of materials: Specific heat capacity, latent heat (fusion and vaporisation). Transfer of heat: conduction, convection and radiation. Rate of transfer of heat. Expansion. Comparison of thermal properties of various materials. Heat sinks.

This module is delivered through a series of lectures, laboratory activities as well as student self-directed learning including working on assessments.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50