Brunel: An Engineer's Life

Ref: C2226636

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is certainly one of our most famous engineers but he is also a controversial figure producing outstanding designs which in some cases were to fail because they were so far ahead of his time. We look at his success and failures within the context of the times, both economic and political. We will explore the life of Brunel, his fathers influence, his early career and how he worked to make the Great Western Railway so successful but oh so different. We will also look at his ships & understand how his personality influenced his designs the other achievements of his life and how they caused him to pay the ultimate price for his work.

Additional information about this course

no half term break

Course aim

The course will review Brunel, the man and the engineer; his success and his failures.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Review Brunel’s life
  • Develop an understanding to why Brunel was so different
  • Discuss the successes and failures within his engineering life.
  • Examine the consequence of his work.
  • Review the impact of his work on our world today.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Handouts will be provided however you may find it useful to b ring a pen and a note book so that you can take notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Visit Brunel sites and increase your knowledge of the man and his work

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Brunel: An Engineer's Life

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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