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Engineering - Origins, Methods, Context, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This introductory Engineering - Origins, Methods, Context module offered by The Open University UK examines the range of human activity that is ’engineering’, setting current practice in a historical context and looking forward to new developments that will help shape the future.


Key scientific principles, mathematical techniques and design methodologies in the Engineering - Origins, Methods, Context module offered by The Open University UK are introduced and explained, to equip you with a basic toolkit on which to build further study.

Mathematics is presented in an engineering context to emphasise relevance and build your confidence in framing problems, addressing design challenges and formulating solutions. Reflective practice is encouraged throughout and you will have the opportunity to share and discuss aspects of your work with other students.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. You will also be able to receive support from a wider pool of tutors through specialist forums and study events.

The wealth and safety of nations depend upon engineering skills. This module, which is the starting point for a recognised qualification in engineering, shows you why. It uses a combination of books, online resources and media to help you become a:

  • successful learner
  • well-informed student of engineering
  • confident user of mathematics.

By the end of this module you will be very well prepared to continue your studies in engineering.

Professional recognition

This is the introductory module for all OU engineering qualifications. The learning outcomes for these qualifications are designed to fulfil the Engineering Council’s requirements under UK-SPEC and are accredited by several engineering institutions as fulfilling the educational requirements for professional recognition.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 5 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

The module is presented in two parts:

Part one - Mathematical focus includes:

  • using numbers, symbols and units appropriately
  • setting out and rearranging equations
  • working with fractions, percentages and powers
  • creating a mathematical model
  • drawing and interpreting graphs.

Part two - Engineering focus includes:

  • design contexts – drivers, conditions and constraints
  • identifying, framing, representing and researching design challenges
  • creative techniques and approaches to problem solving
  • talking about design engineering – words, images, drawings, communication
  • the design process – iteration, optimisation, physical and digital prototyping
  • current and future trends in design engineering.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at OU level 2.
  • You’ll need some knowledge of mathematics, an interest in technology, and the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 months.
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