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Pre-University Taster: Engineering (Module)

Module description

Power-up your learning: the keys to studying engineering at university

This taster course is designed for students considering undergraduate study in Engineering or a related discipline. It offers an ideal platform to experience what it is really like to study engineering at university and students will be encouraged to reflect upon the skills and attributes required to achieve success in this discipline.

Led by academics from the Department of Informatics, part of the faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, students will learn about the importance of sustainable solutions in modern engineering and the advantages of project based learning.

The four-day course will consist of lectures, discussions and a team-based lab project. Students will be challenged to demonstrate their understanding by working collaboratively to design, build and programme a lego-robot-based educational tool that teaches young people about renewable energy.

This is the 2018 timetable but please note that content and timings are subject to change.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the role of project-based learning in engineering education
  • Plan and execute team-based projects
  • Write and execute simple python programmes for controlling Lego robots

Staff information

Dr Jamie Barras, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, King's College London.

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical lab work
  • Group work activities

Module assessment - more information

No formal assessment but up to 3 hours of reading/tasks may be assigned throughout the course to be completed outside of the timetable.

Key information

Module code 0ZSS0165

Credit level 4


Credit value Students who complete this course will receive a certificate of participation rather than course credits.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No