Welcome to Engineering at The Open University.
you already work in an engineering environment, you will know that the
term encompasses a huge range of specialisms, and within each
specialism a wide range of activities. You may also know that a career
in engineering can be immensely stimulating, challenging and rewarding.
Whether you are looking to sign up for a degree, a diploma or a single
module, we think you will find your studies with us both useful and
Engineering has been defined as “the application of
scientific knowledge to the solution of practical problems”. This
definition implies many things: that a broad range of knowledge is
needed (practical problems are rarely one-dimensional); that the mere
possession of a body of knowledge is not enough in itself – solving
problems requires imagination and the mental agility to find the best
angle from which to work; and that the engineer’s motivation is to
innovate for the sake of making things better.
teaching recognizes this. We are just as focused on helping you to
acquire or enhance your learning and thinking skills and your desire to
keep on learning as we are on presenting factual information. We
maintain the freshness and relevance of our teaching by continually
reviewing and revising our material. Our academics are involved in
research at the forefront of their subjects, and we make use of the
latest developments in information technology to enrich the learning
experiences we offer, for instance by developing interactive online
activities or by providing online spaces for students to work together
and comment on each other’s ideas.
Engineering is done in a
social context and is nearly always a team effort. We help you to
develop as an ethically responsible professional, equipped with the
co-operation and communication skills needed to be an effective
engineer. We are very proud that our engineering qualifications have
been accredited and recognized by the professional engineering
institutions under the Engineering Council regulations.
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