Undergraduate Teaching 2017-18

Engineering Tripos Part IIB, 4M1: French, 2015-16

Engineering Tripos Part IIB, 4M1: French, 2015-16

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Module Leader

Mr D Tual


Mr D Tual & guest speakers

Timing and Structure

Lent term. 7 lectures + seminars + coursework. Assessment: 100% coursework.


Modules can be chosen by students with at least a B1/B2 (CEFR) level in the respective language (i.e. equivalent to AS or A-level). In any case, students wishing to take a language module must contact the relevant language coordinator in order to ensure they hold the necessary qualifications.


The aims of the course are to:

  • improve understanding of French technology, society and culture.
  • enable all students to consolidate their listening skills and practise their speaking skills in class, while particular emphasis will be put on reading and writing skills outside the class.


As specific objectives, by the end of the course students should be able to:

  • be confident in speaking/reading/writing whether in a general or work-related situation;
  • use the language as a tool to improve understanding of technology, society and culture;
  • analyse a topic/an issue in depth, compare all the elements at play, synthesise the major points and make a balanced judgement.


Seminars (7 Lectures, various speakers, subject to changes)

  • Les nanotechnologies dans les sciences de la vie
  • Les Grandes Ecoles
  • Exploration sismique: acquisition et traitement
  • Ingénieurs Sans Frontières
  • Le Québec et son identité francophone
  • Développement et opération de centrales solaires photovoltaïques
  • Les véhicules électriques et hybrides


Associated with each lecture will be a one-hour seminar. This may be held before the lecture for preparation, or following the lecture for discussion purposes.


The course work consists of 2 written reports and 1 oral presentation. Each will be on a different topic (with at least two of a technical nature).


Deadline for submission


Written report

End of week 3


Written report

End of week 5


Oral presentation

Week 8



The written reports

Each written report should be about 900 words in length. Students should write on the issues addressed by the guest speaker(s) and the discussion hold in a seminar of their choice. The report should be presented in a structured way and demonstrate analytical, synthetic and/or critical thinking skills.

The oral exam

The oral presentation is scheduled for 25 minutes, between 10 and 15 minutes of presentation followed by questions. The oral topic must be different from the topics chosen for the written reports.

Examination Guidelines

Please refer to Form & conduct of the examinations.


The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) describes the requirements that have to be met in order to become a Chartered Engineer, and gives examples of ways of doing this.

UK-SPEC is published by the Engineering Council on behalf of the UK engineering profession. The standard has been developed, and is regularly updated, by panels representing professional engineering institutions, employers and engineering educators. Of particular relevance here is the 'Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes' (AHEP) document which sets out the standard for degree accreditation.

The Output Standards Matrices indicate where each of the Output Criteria as specified in the AHEP 3rd edition document is addressed within the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Triposes.

Last modified: 09/09/2015 16:32