Subject Information - Engineering Science

Engineering Science National 4/5

Head of Department: Mr Richard Graham

Course Progression: Technological Studies

Engineering shapes the world in which we live, by applying elements of technology, science and mathematics to real-world challenges. Engineers play key roles in meeting the needs of society in fields that include climate change, medicine, IT and transport, and it is important there are more young people with an informed view of engineering.

The Engineering courses encourage pupils to become successful, responsible and creative in using technologies and to develop a range of qualities, including flexibility, perseverance, confidence and enterprise.

The courses help candidates to develop an understanding of the far-reaching impact of engineering on our society. They learn about the central role of engineers as designers and problem-solvers, able to conceive, design, implement and operate complex systems.

The subject is very much “hands on” in it’s approach to pupils learning the materials in the courses. Students enjoy the practical problem solving nature of the subject, and the opportunity to see the practical applications of the Technology taught.

The subject is available at National 4/5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels. It is recognised as a core subject for further study in the field of Applied Science and Engineering. A high proportion of our students have gone onto successfully study Engineering related courses at University. We also have a very successful record with our Watson’s Engineering Science pupils gaining Arkwright Scholarships, which is a very prestigious award in the field of Engineering.

Engineering Studies National 4/5

On the National 4/5 Engineering course pupils develop the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of key engineering facts and ideas.
  • Understand the relationships between engineering, mathematics and science
  • Apply skills in analysis, design, construction and evaluation to a range of engineering problems
  • Communicate engineering concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
  • Develop an understanding of the role and impact of engineering in changing and influencing our environment and society

Students learn the knowledge and understanding of Engineering principles, and then apply this knowledge to problems and tasks. This course requires pupils have good mathematics skills, to allow them to analyse and solve problems. All pupils will begin to study for the National 5 qualification, although some pupils may find the demands of National 5 too challenging and therefore, the National 4 qualification may be more suitable. For these pupils there will be an opportunity to transfer to the National 4 course at some point during S3/S4.

The Course:

The course develops skills in three main areas. Pupils are able to apply these skills through a range of contexts, within the broad discipline of engineering.

  1. Engineering contexts and challenges Pupils develop an understanding of engineering concepts by exploring a range of engineered objects, engineering problems and solutions. They investigate existing and emerging technologies, whilst considering the implications relating to the environment, sustainable development, economic and social issues.
  2. Electronics and control - Pupils explore a range of key concepts and devices used in electronic control systems, including analogue, digital and programmable systems. They develop skills in problem-solving and evaluating through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.
  3. Mechanisms and structures - Pupils develop an understanding of mechanisms, pneumatics and structures. They develop skills in problem-solving and evaluating through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.

 

Final Assessment

The assessment for the course will take the form of a question paper (69% of overall grade), and an assignment (31% of the overall grade).

  • Component 1 — Question paper
    The purpose of the question paper is to assess breadth of knowledge from across the three main areas, depth of understanding, and application of this knowledge and understanding to answer appropriately challenging questions.

  • Component 2 — Assignment
    The purpose of the assignment is to assess practical application of knowledge and skills from the course to develop a solution to an appropriately challenging engineering problem. It will assess learners’ skills in analysing a problem, designing a solution to the problem, simulating or constructing a solution to the problem, and testing and reporting on that solution.

 

Engineering Science Higher

Head of Department: Mr Richard Graham

Course Progression: Technological Studies

Engineering shapes the world in which we live, by applying elements of technology, science and mathematics to real-world challenges. Engineers play key roles in meeting the needs of society in fields that include climate change, medicine, IT and transport, and it is important there are more young people with an informed view of engineering.

The Engineering courses encourage pupils to become successful, responsible and creative in using technologies and to develop a range of qualities, including flexibility, perseverance, confidence and enterprise.

The courses help candidates to develop an understanding of the far-reaching impact of engineering on our society. They learn about the central role of engineers as designers and problem-solvers, able to conceive, design, implement and operate complex systems.

The subject is very much “hands on” in it’s approach to pupils learning the materials in the courses. Students enjoy the practical problem solving nature of the subject, and the opportunity to see the practical applications of the Technology taught.

The subject is available at National 4/5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels. It is recognised as a core subject for further study in the field of Applied Science and Engineering. A high proportion of our students have gone onto successfully study Engineering related courses at University. We also have a very successful record with our Watson’s Engineering Science pupils gaining Arkwright Scholarships, which is a very prestigious award in the field of Engineering.

Engineering Science (S5) Higher

The Higher course builds on and develops the knowledge gained from the National 5 course, with individual topics being studied in greater depth. This course further expands pupils' mathematics skills required in the analysis of problems. Thus strong maths skills are needed for this course.

The Higher Engineering Science Course provides a broad and challenging exploration of engineering. Learners extend and apply knowledge and understanding of key engineering concepts, principles and practice; understand the relationships between engineering, mathematics and science; and apply analysis, design, construction and evaluation to a range of engineering problems with some complex features.

The Course

The Higher Engineering Science course covers the following areas:

  1. Engineering Contexts and Challenges
    Students develop a deeper understanding of engineering concepts by exploring a range of engineering problems with some complex features, and their solutions. This allows the learner to explore some existing and emerging technologies and challenges, and to consider implications relating to the environment, sustainable development, economic and social issues.
  2. Electronics and Control
    tudents explore a range of key concepts and devices used in electronic control systems, including analogue, digital and programmable systems. Skills in problem solving and evaluating are developed through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.
  3. Mechanisms and Structures
    Student develop a deeper understanding of mechanisms and structures Skills in problem solving and evaluating are developed through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts..

Final Assessment

  • Component 1 — Question paper
    he question paper will have 110 marks out of a total of 150 marks. This is 69% of the overall marks for the Course assessment.

  • Component 2 — Assignment
    Pupils are also given a practical assignment to complete. The assignment will have 40 marks (31% of the total mark). The purpose of the assignment is to assess practical application of knowledge and skills from the course to develop a solution to an appropriately challenging engineering problem. It will assess learners’ skills in analysing a problem, designing a solution to the problem, simulating or constructing a solution to the problem, and testing and reporting on that solution

 

Engineering Science Advanced Higher

Head of Department: Mr Richard Graham

Course Progression: Technological Studies

Engineering shapes the world in which we live, by applying elements of technology, science and mathematics to real-world challenges. Engineers play key roles in meeting the needs of society in fields that include climate change, medicine, IT and transport, and it is important there are more young people with an informed view of engineering.

The Engineering courses encourage pupils to become successful, responsible and creative in using technologies and to develop a range of qualities, including flexibility, perseverance, confidence and enterprise.

The courses help candidates to develop an understanding of the far-reaching impact of engineering on our society. They learn about the central role of engineers as designers and problem-solvers, able to conceive, design, implement and operate complex systems.

The subject is very much “hands on” in its approach to pupil’s learning the materials in the courses. Students enjoy the practical problem solving nature of the subject, and the opportunity to see the practical applications of the Technology taught.

The subject is available at National 4/5, Higher level and Advanced Higher levels. It is recognised as a core subject for further study in the field of Applied Science and Engineering. A high proportion of our students who study this subject have gone onto successfully study Engineering related courses at University. We also have a very successful record with our Watson’s Engineering Science pupils gaining Arkwright Scholarships, which is a very prestigious award in the field of Engineering.

Engineering Science (S6) Advanced Higher

The Advanced Higher Course is an excellent course for preparing students for university study in this field. This course has been developed in collaboration with Universities, who have been able to build in some of the important skills that are required for successful students of Engineering.

The Advanced Higher course builds on the work already completed in Electronics, Control, Mechanisms and Structures; and introduces a new unit in Engineering Project Management. This encourages pupils to not only manage their own time, but also consider how time critical elements of a project as a whole will affect the order in which events need to happen.

Pupils need to be strong independent learners, with 60% of the course focused on their individual assignment. This requires they write a project proposal, conduct thorough and in-depth research and effectively manage their time and resources throughout the project.

The structure of the course allows the pupils to conduct research into their own areas of interest in Electronics and Control and Mechanisms and Structures, allowing them to personalise the course, and guide it towards their project. The learning tasks for these units are based on this research and personal study, and because it links into the assignment project, makes it a lot more relevant and contextualised for students.

It is intended that we will teach some aspects of this course through some collaborative working with the Engineering department at Heriot Watt University. This will give our pupils the opportunity to use some of the University resources. We are also be keen to give the pupils some exposure to Engineering projects so that they can learn about project management from real life examples.

Final Assessment

The Course assessment will consist of two Components: a project (worth 60%) and a question paper (worth 40%).

Component 1 — Project
The purpose of the project is to assess practical application of knowledge and skills from the Units to develop a solution to an appropriately challenging and complex engineering problem. It will assess learners’ skills in implementing a solution to a problem, and evaluating and reporting on that solution. The project will have 90 marks (60% of the total mark). The project will be based on a meaningful task providing appropriate challenge and requiring application. This may be based on the design proposal and project plan developed in the Engineering Project Management Unit.

Component 2 — Question Paper
The purpose of the question paper is to assess breadth of knowledge from across the Units, depth of understanding, and application of this knowledge and understanding to answer appropriately challenging questions.

The question paper will have 60 marks (40% of the total mark) and will consist of two sections. This question paper will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

  • Ability to communicate complex engineering concepts clearly and concisely, using appropriate terminology.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the wide role and impact of engineering on society and the environment, including ethical implications.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of electronic and microcontroller-based systems, and their application.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of mechanisms and structures, and their application.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the relevance of energy, efficiency and sustainability to complex engineering problems and solutions.
  • Application of mathematical techniques to analyse and solve engineering problems.

 

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