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Engineering Science and Technology

Semester 1

This is an introductory course in Engineering Science and consists of modules to expose students to the following: the science of materials used in the production of electrical engineering components; an understanding of the mechanics of fluids when driven by electrical machines; the techniques involved in the production of engineering drawings, and the function and utilization of basic mechanical workshop tools and equipment. On the electrical side, students would be taught to use the oscilloscope, meters, power supplies and signal generators, verify network theorems, design simple circuits, and perform computer simulation on these circuits.


Engineering Science and Technology is a partial-laboratory course and is assessed solely through coursework. This course has five modules: Electrical Labs and Design Project, Science of Materials, Engineering Graphics, Mechanical Workshop Technology and Mechanics of Fluids.

The Electrical module consists of four laboratory exercises, two of which are computer simulation exercises. These labs would commence in the second week of the semester. This section concludes with an individual design project, which will be used as the basis for the practical examination at the end of the semester.

The Engineering Graphics module consists of six lecture sessions, six tutorial sessions and six drawing exercises, which are used for  assessment. This module would commence in the first week of the semester and would run for six weeks.

The Mechanics of Fluids module consists of lectures, tutorial sessions and one laboratory experiment. This module runs for twelve weeks of the semester and is assessed via the incourse exam and the laboratory exercise.

The Science of Materials module consists of seven lecture sessions and would commence in the seventh week of the semester. This module would be assessed using an in-course quiz.

The Mechanical Workshop Technology consists of nine workshop sessions and commences in the first week of the semester. These  sessions expose students to the work processes involved in the design and construction of a flat blade screw driver and arc welding, which are assessed. Due to the hands on nature of this module, attendance will also be graded.


Labs:                                 25%

Written Incourse Test:    25%

Practical Incourse Test:  10%

Other Coursework:         40%

Learning Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of ECNG 1012 students will be able to:

  • Apply basic laboratory equipment as appropriate to electrical and
    computer engineering practice, understanding their limitations.
  • Use a standard simulation tool (Electronic Workbench) to analyse
    the characteristics and behaviour of electrical components and
  • Plan and realize engineering objectives as an individual and
    approach engineering responsibly, recognizing lab protocol and
    codes of practice.
  • Communicate effectively, conveying technical material through a
    variety of media, such as written products, graphics, and oral
  • Apply basic scientific principles and technologies of related
    engineering disciplines to electrical and computer engineering
    practice. In particular:
    • knowledge of characteristics, properties, structures and
      applications of particular engineering materials
    • knowledge and observation of important fluid phenomena
      and the conditions that must be satisfied for application of
      the various equations for estimating quantities needed in
      engineering designs
    • knowledge of the principles and concepts of graphic
      communications within the contexts of Civil, Chemical,
      Electrical and Mechanical Technologies.
    • knowledge and use of standard Mechanical Engineering
      Workshop equipment.

Recommended Texts/ Instruments
Electrical Module
“Student Reference Manual For Electronic Instrumentation Laboratories”
by Stanley Wolf and Richard F. M. Smith (Prentice Hall, 1990)

Engineering Graphics Module
Highly Recommended Text
“Engineering Drawing With Worked Examples: Books 1 & 2”
by F. Pickup and M. A. Parker, Hutchinson

Other Recommended Texts
“Drafting for Industry”
by W.C. Brown, Gooheart-Willcox Co., Illinois, USA
“Fundamentals of Engineering Drawing”
by W.J. Luzadder, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, USA
“Graphics Science and Design”
by T.E. French and C.J. Vierck, McGraw Hill Book Co., New York, USA.

Required Drawing Instruments
• 1 geometry set containing a compass, divider, and protractor
• 1 ‘T’ square – minimum blade length 75cm
• Two set squares: 45° and 30°x 60° with 20 cm bases
• 1 metric ruler – minimum length of 30cm with 1mm divisions
• 1 set of French curves
• Pencils: HB medium/ 2H medium hard or mechanical pencils (0.3/0.5mm leads)
• Drawing pad or 12 sheets of drawing paper (A2 size)
• Masking tape (to fix position of drawing paper)
• Sand paper (for sharpening of pencil points)
• 1 drafting brush or cloth to clean instruments, drawings, desks etc.
• 1 hand towel (to keep hands dry)

Mechanics of Fluids Module
Notes will be made available in advance of each lecture and they should be sufficient to provide a good understanding of the material. The teaching, however, has been mainly fashioned around the textbook Mechanics of Fluids by B. Massey. Several copies exist in the Main Library and can be used for support if required; but, if needed, any sound textbook on introductory fluid mechanics will be sufficient.

There is an excellent DVD, called Multimedia Fluid Mechanics by G. M. Homsy, which gives a good visual presentation of some of the difficult concepts in the subject. Other interesting internet sources will be mentioned at the delivery of specific topics.

Course Code: 
4 Credits
Level 1
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