This aspect also helped me understand that, as an engineer, I need a mindset that applies fundamentals to produce solutions.
Summary: This course aspect has the objective of outlining the steps and requirements involved in the engineering process, such as: (a) systems thinking, which identifies problem elements through attention to their components and boundaries, and an understanding of cross-boundary interactions, (b) reporting, which involves (courtesy of a final report, recommendation of requirements to customers, (c) writing skills, i.e. ability to write clearly and concisely, (d) reflective practice, i.e. journal-keeping while learning in stages through the project.
Journal: Through this course, I want to be able to solve engineering problems such that the solution addresses a need. Defining such a problem, however, was a difficulty faced by my project team on this course. The problem is the need to be addressed, and not the solution itself. I’m therefore looking for an engineering method that provides a structured approach which ensures that needs are met, while generating the necessary information. I’m also interested in being enabled, through engineering training, to handle the challenge of effective problem management along with resources such as time, money, equipment and people. I plan to consolidate on skills and knowledge by recording immediately after a project, ideas and knowledge gained, while still fresh in memory. Toward developing my desired skills, this course has helped me understand and appreciate the importance of communication skills.
Topic 4: Learning To Be An Engineer
Summary: The objective of this part of the course is to present the attributes that contribute to an individual’s employability as an engineer, given the evolution of the profession. Attributes encapsulate the combination of integrity, commitment and reliability, interwoven with motivation, enthusiasm, and common sense. These are, in addition, incorporated with positive self-esteem, adaptability, personal presentation and ability to deal with pressure. An engineer must be able to strategise his learning procedure by reason of sight, sound and action. He must further be able to improve through study habits and the environment, manage time and aim high. He must celebrate, and improve on his strengths and weaknesses. His experience, knowledge and understanding must be brought to bear, relating these to his learning style- which also must incorporate elements of spatial ability, surface and deep learning, and reflective ness.
Journal: I want to emerge from this programme as a professional who can use my skills productively. Being mathematically and scientifically inclined, my earlier background was in industrial engineering, as it encapsulates a wide range of disciplines. Sequel to graduation, my most enjoyable jobs have involved usage of analysis to create a determined outcome, such as software programme or budget. I have, however, desired to focus on a project-based industry, be it in the context of involvement in innovative projects, project development, or even consulting. I’m