Module Title:Engineer in Society
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures- 60 hours; Project work- 15 hours; Presentations- 15 hours; Private study- 30 hours
Module Aim: The aims of this module are: (1) to develop a knowledge of the ethical responsibilities of the Engineer; (2) to develop a knowledge of the legal issues associated with the construction industry; (3) to develop a basic understanding of contract law; (4) to develop a greater knowledge of the principles and practice of project management and health and safety; (5)to improve the students written analysis skills; (6) to enable students to gain the confidence and techniques needed to deliver high-quality professional presentations; (7) to enable students to discuss the theories underpinning good communication. (8) To appreciate the role of engineers in development aid
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Appreciate ethical issues associated with the Engineering profession
LO2 To appreciate legal issues relevant to Engineering practice, in areas such as Tort, Nuisance, Negligence and Contract Law
LO3 To demonstrate an understanding of human resource management, project management, safety management and the management of other resources in a construction environment
LO4 To prepare, implement and manage a Health and Safety plan.
LO5 To communicate effectively in a logical, precise and coherent manner both orally and in writing
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Engineer in Society
Roles & Responsibilities; Code of Ethics; Professional Conduct, Appreciation of the role of an Engineer in Developing Countries
Nature and Sources of Irish Law
Categories of Law; Sources of Irish Law; Outline of legislation associated with construction, property and buildings
Law of Contract
Formation, Contents and Validity of a Contract; Discharge of Contract and Breach of Contract; Contractual Claims; Arbitration and Conciliation
Law of Property and Tort
Basics of Law of Property; Basics of Law of Tort; Insurances (including Professional Indemnity)
Project Management
Elements of good project management, discussion of case studies
Safety Management
Project health and safety documentation; Management of health and safety; Designers and contractors health and safety systems
Communication Theory; Scientific Writing and Reading; Writing Skills; Presentation Skills, Discussion and interaction skills, media awareness and handling
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Term 1 Examination 1,2,3,5 25.00 n/a
Examination Term 2 Examination 2,3,5 25.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project 1 1,2,3,4,5 25.00 n/a
Project Project 2 1,5 25.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 120.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering - Ab Initio 7 Mandatory
CW_CMCEN_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering - Add On 3 Mandatory