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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2007 - 2008

Module Title Engineering Intra
Module Code MM345
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Harry EsmondeOffice NumberS373
Level 3 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the skills associated with a Mechatronic Engineer through the integration of theory with relevant practical work experience in companies and organisations in Ireland and abroad.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student will be able to:

•Apply theoretical aspects of their programme to relevant practical work experience in companies/organisations based in and abroad. (PO1, PO2)

•Identify, describe and formulate solutions to real-world engineering problems. (PO2)

•Apply experimental, analytical and numerical methods to the design of solutions appropriate to product/process development (PO2, PO3, PO1)

•Identify, interpret and evaluate unseen technical information. (PO5, PO2)

•Demonstrate initiative and ingenuity in deriving novel solutions to specific engineering problems. (PO2, PO3)

•Justify the progression of their own work under the guidance of a supervisor and to identify and discuss problems, differences of opinion and general issues as they arise.(PO5, PO6, PO4)

•Interact effectively through communicating engineering concepts and ideas by oral, written and graphical means. (PO6, PO5)

•Demonstrate professional attributes, such as attendance, punctuality, reliability, etc. (PO4, PO5)

•Document their duties performed, distinguishing their own role and describing the development of commercial products/processes and related commercial issues. (PO6)

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 225

Total 225
Assume that a 15 credit module load represents approximately 225 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
The INTRA assessment is graded simply as a pass or fail. The assessment is based on three components:1. Continuous assessment by an industrial tutor2. Assessment by an academic tutor3. Formal written reportThe INTRA report is submitted via the Office for Industrial and Business Relations, at the conclusion of the INTRA placement, and is assessed by the academic tutor. It is graded as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. In the case of an unsatisfactory grading, an amended report may be resubmitted, at the discretion of the Office for Industrial and Business Relations. The student must achieve a satisfactory grading on the report in order to pass INTRA and be awarded credit.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List

Contribution to Programme:

The module’s contribution to the IEI Programme Areas and Programme Outcomes is characterised according to a five point scale where 4 indicates a very strong contribution and 0 indicates no significant or intended contribution.

Science & Mathematics

Discipline - specific Technology

Information and Communications Technology

Design and Development

Engineering Practice

Social and Business Context







Knowledge and Its Application:

Problem Solving:


Ethical Practice:

Effective Work and Learning:

Effective Communication:







Teaching & Learning Strategies/Assessment Methodology:

Students are assessed by an industrial tutor and an academic tutor on a pass/fail basis. The industrial tutor assesses the student on an ongoing basis and submits to DCU a final evaluation after the student has completed the placement. The academic tutor visits the student  approximately 2 months into placement and grades the student’s performance, relating this to the INTRA office. Finally, the student will submit a written report on their placement, which is graded by the academic supervisor.

100% Continuous Assessment

Programme or List of Programmes
MEB.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering