Hello and welcome to Engineering at The Open University.
you’re looking to sign up to a degree, diploma or just an
individual module we hope you will find the experience stimulating and
enriching. This subject area is broad but the different parts of it
have long histories at the OU. We have pioneered the teaching of
Engineering at a distance. For instance, we work with case studies to
provide the context which is often vital to our understanding of the
concepts. Similarly, we show how the different elements of design and
engineering such as innovation and material science, interact and
influence each other. And with our research underpinning our teaching,
we expect to continue both to innovate and to keep our teaching fresh
We are very proud that our engineering
qualifications have been accredited and recognised by the professional
engineering institutions under the Engineering Council regulations.
students take up study believing that its purpose is to be told what
knowledge is needed to make progress in their chosen field. While we do present
knowledge in our qualifications and modules, we also place great
emphasis on personal and skills development. Personal development
is about creating and maintaining the desire to learn. It can also help you identify where you need to learn. If you can work
on why you want to do something, then ‘how to do it’ and ‘what you need
to learn to do it’ become much easier.
Similarly, the development of
skills will be central to your study:
- from the basic how to lay out and
check calculations to the use of sophisticated modelling software;
- from how to research a topic to how to communicate your understanding
- from being able to understand a difficult document to being able to write one.
We hope that you do decide to study with us and enjoy the flexibility and support that the OU provides.
Design and Engineering Programme Director