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The task of checking the work of another structural engineer is becoming an increasingly frequent one for members of the Institution. It is a trend to be welcomed but the professional responsibility of an engineer in such checking cannot be over-emphasized.
During the past few years the writers have almost inadvertently developed an experimental Learning Unit within the Department of Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. A few tentative attempts to make use of audio-visual aids rapidly led to the development of teaching methods in which the majority of the instruction is pre-recorded and is used by small groups of students at their own pace. The lecturing staff
prepare this material and are available during the study periods to deal with the students' individual problems at considerable length. The scheme is popular with students and staff, and examination results are encouraging. This descriptive paper has been prepared in the belief that other engineers may be interested in the innovation or may wish to comment on it.
J. Cowan, J. Morton and A. Bolton
When Mr. L. R. Creasy, CB, OBE, BSc(Eng). CEng, FIStructE, FICE, delivers his Presidential Address at an Ordinary Meeting to be held at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London on Thursday 4 October at 6.0 pm, the institution for the first time for over 20 years will have a President who holds a distinguished appointment in the public service.