Introducing engineering

Introducing engineering

Course provided by Open University

Summary overview

  • Online anytime

  • 15 hours study time

  • Engineering and manufacturing

  • Free

  • Level 1

About this course

This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces several key themes that explore how engineering is undertaken in our modern world. These themes include engineering design, rules that govern engineers, manufacturing for products and electricity generation using solar energy.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the characteristics of ‘engineering’ and the role engineers have played in shaping engineering up to the present and into the future.
  2. Understand a range of principles in science, mathematics and engineering in order to make well-founded decisions as part of a design process.
  3. Have an appreciation of the design decision-making process when developing new products.
  4. Recognise the effects on the conduct of engineering relating to issues such as patents, standards and risk.
  5. Understand the use of appropriate candidate/potential materials and processes for the manufacture of a given artefact.