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Electronic Engineering - Professional Studies

Professional Studies

Course Director: Dr. Maeve Duffy (established by Dr. Martin Glavin)
Course Title: Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Electronic & Computer Engineering, Sports & Exercise Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering
Subject: Professional Studies
Year: 3rd Year Students
Participants: 100 students
Hours: 25 hours
Credits: 3 ECTS
Length: Two Semesters
Community Partners: Second level schools from across Galway City and County, Sea2sky, Galway Science & Technology Festival, Science Week, Engineers Week, NUI Galway Open Days.

This third year module, entitled ‘Professional Studies', taken by Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Electronic & Computer Engineering, Sports & Exercise Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering covers topics such as ethics, continued professional development (CPD), communications, health and safety and contribution to society. As part of this module the university students are credited academically with their contribution to an outreach event at which they communicate their understanding of some technical aspect of their course; e.g. some students participate at a stand at one of the annual science festivals (e.g. Seas2sky, Galway Science & Technology Festival) or during NUIG's Open Days, where they demonstrate how technology works in a real world product or application. Visitors to these events are mostly school children and their parents, and therefore in addition to learning about the technologies being demonstrated, our students gain experience of communicating with a non-technical audience.

Other students are involved in the delivery of an electronic engineering laboratory class for second level students studying Physics for the Leaving Certificate. For many of the secondary school pupils, this is their first experience of a university laboratory and of hands-on experience with modern electronic test equipment. For the university students, it is generally their first experience of teaching others, and it can be quite a challenge undertaking a laboratory demo for a group of teenagers. Issues such as health and safety in the laboratory are as important as the technical detail of the class. Over the past few years, schools from within the city, along with schools from Tuam, Dunmore, Oranmore, Gort, Clifden, Oughterard and Ballinasloe have attended the laboratories. Reaction from the school teachers has been very positive and both school and university students have greatly benefited from the experience.