The University and Colleges have identified a set of skills and attributes ("transferable skills") which all undergraduates can expect to acquire during their university career. These skills, as well as enhancing academic performance, can be used beyond the university, and are sought after by employers. Students are encouraged to make use of the opportunities afforded to them to develop these skills which will stand them in good stead in later life.
This document sets out the way in which these transferable skills can be acquired through the teaching programme offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; it also identifies ways in which College-based activities may contribute to the acquisition of these skills. The list does not mention any skills which may be gained through first year studies in Engineering or Natural Sciences.
The transferable skills aspects of individual teaching activities are listed in the Department's Syllabus Document(s).
Laboratories — experiments, drawing, assembly of equipment
Exercises — extended, open ended projects
Optimisation — model and finance based decision making
|Supervisions (problem solving, discussion, critical analysis)
College learned societies and seminars
Chemical Engineering Society technical events
Design and Research Project reports
Laboratory reports (different types)
Literature reviews and critical essays
Writing minutes from project meetings
Supervisions (written explanation and essays)
Extra-curricular activities — e.g. as an officer of a club or society
Student politics (e.g. student unions)
CET IIA and IIB Project Presentations
CET IIB Product Design Seminars
Discussion of laboratory and exercise work
Debate in lectures
Brainstorming in Part IIB Product Design
Supervisions (oral explanations and discussions)
Extra-curricular activities — participating in public meetings
Representation on committees
(e.g. development of an argument using mathematical or symbolic language)
CET I Fluids lab reports
CET I and IIA Exercises
Supervisions (problem solving)
|Management of the balance between work and extra-curricular activities — particularly regarding generation of reports or Exercise/Project deadlines.
CET IIA Design Project — teamwork
CET I Fluids lab and CET I/IIA Exercises — meeting deadlines
CET I Skills Classes — teamwork, task management, planning
CET IIB Research Project and Product Design — planning, teamwork
|Leadership roles in a College or University extra-curricular body or society
Chemical Engineering Society events, and committee posts
Management of balance between work load and extra-curricular activities
|Laboratories — working with others
CET IIA Design Project and CET IIB Product Design — group dynamics
|Living, working and socialising in a diverse community;
Positions of responsibility in societies/clubs
|Literature Projects (Exercises and CET IIB Projects) — finding, summarising, critiquing texts and papers
Laboratories — data handling in all years
Exercises — calculations, scheduling effort
CET IIB Research Project (specific skills, planning experiments, analysis, critique and review)
|Use of College libraries|
Data handling in experiments and projects
Project and Exercise calculations (including risk analysis and economic evaluations)
|Handling finances — personal affairs, treasurer of a society/club, organising events|
Using software applications to solve problems in CET I and IIA Exercises and Projects
E-mail and internet access
|Foreign Language Skills|
|Opportunity to study a foreign language in CET IIB at the Engineering Department's Language Unit||University Language Centre
Support for self-access language teaching
The Department believes that the Chemical Engineering course gives students opportunities to develop a wide range of transferable skills.
The Department offers annual in-house, voluntary workshops on a number of topics, including examination skills, supervision teaching, IT skills, experimental methods and research planning. The Department also maintains links to a wide range of teaching and learning resources from Camtools.
Transferable skills are also learnt during industrial placements. These are not compulsory, but are taken up by many students in the summer vacation between their third and fourth years at University. Such summer internships are actively facilitated by the Department, but it cannot be guaranteed that all students wanting such a placement will get one.
Comparison with other Chemical Engineering Departments in the UK indicates that the Department’s practices are in line with several others.