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Are you interested in using scientific principles to solve problems and develop better ways to make things work? Mechanical engineering is essential for the automotive, aeronautical, robotics, construction, software, oil/ gas, manufacturing, renewable energy and building services sectors. There are currently shortages of mechanical engineers and, by taking this course, you’ll have plenty of career options.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

The first year of the course provides a foundational grounding in engineering. You’ll then study more advanced principles of mechanics, manufacturing technology, energy systems and engineering design, potentially working on projects with companies such as Nissan, BAE Systems and Airbus. We encourage you to spend a full year in industry between your second and fourth years. Your final year is your integrated masters year that provides you with in-depth knowledge you need to fulfil the academic requirement to be a Chartered Engineer, which is associated with higher salaries. 

94% of students say the IT resources and facilities provided support their learning well (National Student Survey, 2018)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  The MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

 

 

Are you interested in using scientific principles to solve problems and develop better ways to make things work? Mechanical engineering is essential for the automotive, aeronautical, robotics, construction, software, oil/ gas, manufacturing, renewable energy and building services sectors. There are currently shortages of mechanical engineers and, by taking this course, you’ll have plenty of career options.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

The first year of the course provides a foundational grounding in engineering. You’ll then study more advanced principles of mechanics, manufacturing technology, energy systems and engineering design, potentially working on projects with companies such as Nissan, BAE Systems and Airbus. We encourage you to spend a full year in industry between your second and fourth years. Your final year is your integrated masters year that provides you with in-depth knowledge you need to fulfil the academic requirement to be a Chartered Engineer, which is associated with higher salaries. 

94% of students say the IT resources and facilities provided support their learning well (National Student Survey, 2018)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  The MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

 

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
H304

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University encompasses all of our work in Mechanical, Civil, Automotive, Construction and Architectural Engineering, as well as project management.

Student Profiles / Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Hear what it is really like to study Mechanical Engineering from our current students.

Student Life / #IAmNorthumbria

Discover more about studying at Northumbria.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and group projects as well as tutor-directed and self-directed research. There’s a strong emphasis on problem-solving because we believe that you’ll learn best when you’re engaged in applying what we teach.

Assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. They include assessed projects that will enable you to test your skills and understanding. For most modules, though not all of them, the main method of assessment is coursework and not exams.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the various aspects of the engineering industry. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. (Research Excellence Framework 2014.)

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. We’ve built up numerous industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies.  


Staff / Meet the team

We are an enthusiastic, committed, knowledgeable and likeable staff team, who are here to motivate you and propel you through your degree and beyond.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical Engineering . Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities for engineering. We have specialist laboratories for smart materials and composites, building and construction, control and instrumentation, and fluids and thermodynamics. 

Our rapid prototyping room will make it easy for you to bring your design projects to life, and our modelling workshop offers tools and specialist equipment for modelling your designs. All our facilities are backed up by specialist technicians who will give support and advice when you need it.

To facilitate group projects, there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.


Mechanical and Construction Engineering Facilities / Take a look at the facilities for the Mechanical and Construction Engineering department.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Virtual Tour / Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. With our problem-solving approach you’ll acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills as you progress through the course. These skills will come together in the major project that you’ll undertake, which requires independent research and appropriate techniques of inquiry, critical evaluation and synthesis.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. One of Northumbria’s signature research themes is ‘Future Engineering’, which is about innovation in the engineering and construction industries so that they are fit for purpose in the 21st century. We also have particular interests in novel construction materials, Building Information Management, smart materials and sustainable technologies.  


Research / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

A top-35 Engineering research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, UoA15).

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to become an engineering professional.  Engineering is a growth industry and currently there is a shortage of engineers. 90% of our graduates are in work or study within six months of graduating and, of those in work, 80% are employed in a professional or managerial job (Unistats 2015).

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Careers and Employment / Develop

From first year through to final year and beyond graduation, we are here to help.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
A level Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology), or recognised equivalents

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

A-level Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology), or recognised equivalents.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.


Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

**EU fees for 2021/22 are yet to announced


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC



Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships and Discounts have not been announced for 2021/22 entry, please use the links below as in indication of what schemes are available for 2020/21 entry.

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.



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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB4001 -

Professional Studies and Technical Communication (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your understanding of the role of the engineering professions within the modern World and give you the opportunity to consider how a graduate engineer may shape the future. You will learn: how the engineering professions are structured and operate, how engineers may play a significant role within sustainable development and ethical responsibility in Global development and an engineer’s responsibility in Heath, Safety and management of risk.
You will develop and evaluate learning and communication skills to enhance your technical literacy. You will develop the ability to examine your own learning through reflection by connecting knowledge and experience through application and evaluation. Practical exercises will enable you to develop your ability to 'acquire, analyse and present' data and technical information. This will involve you in; information retrieval, data analysis, as well as experiencing a range of approaches to the presentation of technical information.

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KB4003 -

Introduction to Engineering Design [Mechanical] (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of concepts and methods of the design process and the use of engineering materials to create and develop economically viable engineering solutions to satisfy customer and user needs. You will learn through workshops (laboratory) include both "paper" and practical "design-make-test" exercises which require an understanding (that will be developed in the module) of the different properties of engineering materials. You will be identifying design constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety issues will be considered. You will be using computer software to aid the design process, including the production of engineering drawings (2D draughting and 3D Modelling). You will learn to understand the competitive nature of the product development industry. The result of your learning will be the development of your ability to manufacture prototypes providing useful outcomes from design activity.

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KB4004 -

Materials Engineering and Performance (Core,20 Credits)

You will begin the module by being introduced to the significance of materials science and engineering for 21st century engineers through the fundamentals of metal, polymers, ceramics and composites. Your will learn about different materials’ properties and internationally recognised standardised practices for testing them. You will develop an understanding of how properties can be optimised for various materials and how you can engineer materials at various to get the maximum and desired performance from them. Principal manufacturing processes used for engineering materials within a context of the structure-property-processing relationship will be covered in detail. Awareness on sustainability (e.g. eco-auditing) and preventative measures for degradation (e.g. corrosion) will also be covered. Within this module you will also undertake groupwork where you will be taught how to make engineering decisions as a group, manage your time and also personal reflection upon your team working skills.

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KB4052 -

Energy Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how engineering applications utilise basic science to design and operate energy systems. Based on this knowledge, you will apply scientific knowledge to examples of real systems to understand how they support design and analysis of objects and systems. This will enable you to make informed design decisions in systems that usefully employ energy and power within engineering applications that provide heat, light, motion, transport etc.

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KB4053 -

Mechanical Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how engineering applications utilise basic science to design and operate static and dynamic engineering systems. Based on this knowledge, you will apply scientific knowledge to examples of real systems to understand how they support design and analysis of objects and systems. This will enable you to make informed design decisions in systems that employ mechanics of materials, bodes and structures both statically and dynamically.

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KC4018 -

Engineering Analytics (Core,20 Credits)

Basic algebra and trigonometry
Transposition, simplification, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, functions and identities.

Basic calculus
Derivative as slope and rate of change, standard derivatives; product, quotient and function of a function rules; integration
as reverse of differentiation, standard integrals, area under a curve; solution of simple differential equations by direct integration.

Complex numbers
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, complex conjugate and division in algebraic form. The Argand diagram. Polar form and
exponential form, with multiplication and division. De Moivre's theorem (powers and roots). Locus problems.

Calculus
Implicit, parametric and logarithmic differentiation. Maxima and minima. MacLaurin's series. Partial differentiation, first order change, analysis of errors, method of least squares. Integration techniques (substitution, partial fractions, by parts) and simple applications of integration.

Matrices and Determinants
Second and third order determinants, evaluation, properties, Cramer's Rule for solution of simultaneous equations; matrices, addition, subtraction, multiplication, transpose, inverse (via adjoint), solution of simultaneous linear equations by matrix inversion.

Vectors
Sum, difference, magnitude, components, Cartesian representation in three dimensions; scalar and vector products, angle between vectors, application to simple geometrical and physical problems.

Differential Equations
Solution of first order by separation of variables and integrating factor; second order with constant coefficients, auxiliary
equation, complementary function, particular integral by substitution.




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KB5000 -

Engineering Management & Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the most important issues for managing in an engineering environment, such as professional skills, project management, industrial engineering, quality assurance, costing and finance. We will introduce you to the methods used to make financial decisions in evaluating engineering and manufacturing options from an economic viewpoint. You will learn about working with people by considering the techniques used to evaluate and improve personal, team and organisational efficiency levels. Your learning will be further enhanced with content on how such factors may be influenced by quality control aspects, together with their importance and links in terms of engineering project management. You will be given opportunities to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the role of effective interpersonal communication and personal skills development, such as; personal development planning, knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of conduct and the need to communicate balanced arguments relating to professional and ethical issues.

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KB5001 -

Mechanical and Structural Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will acquire scientific and technical knowledge and practical skills for the design and evaluation of stress and deformation analysis for simple and complex engineering structures.
You will learn engineering mechanics in the context of design for strength, stability and stiffness from an analytical and numerical perspective. Theoretical knowledge introduced in prevoius study is solidified and enhanced through the study of finite element methods (FEM), a numerical approach to solving structural systems. Based on these skills, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to apply stress analysis methods, including FEM, to design and evaluate real-life mechanical and structural systems.

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KB5005 -

Fluid Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the fluid systems for incompressible and compressible flows. You will start with the significance of non-dimensional numbers in the context of model and prototype testing. Practical fluid flow machineries will be studied in detail. You will consider boundary layer theory and viscous flow with application to bearing lubrication and heat transfer during condensation. You will also study compressible flows and application to converging-diverging nozzle. You will be introduced to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and will be able to simulate practical laboratory data using a state of the art CFD software.

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KB5006 -

Manufacturing Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the connection of design, materials performance and manufacturing through lectures, seminars and practical classes. Starting with materials and processes classification you will explore topical such as: The relationships of; Design, Materials, Manufacturing and Form, Function and the environment in materials and process selection; Casting and moulding processes in metals and polymers; Machining processes and machine tools; joining processes and equipment; micro-manufacturing and fabrication of microelectronic devices; and surface roughness and measurement; surface treatments, coatings and cleaning.

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KB5007 -

Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about energy conversion systems and technologies and their application in energy generation and transportation sectors. You will be facilitated in your design based understanding on steam power cycles, heat transfer, IC engines, combustion and heating systems and air conditioning systems. You will develop your skills through undertaking an energy audit and problem solving. You will be given opportunities on your learning journey to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the case studies and problems related to these topics during seminars.

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KB5008 -

Mechanical and Structural Systems 2 (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the theory and methods of analysis and evaluation of mechanical and structural systems for their dynamical and vibrational behaviour. You will specifically learn about the kinetics of particles and rigid bodies and learn how to derive the equations of motion for a number of single and multi-degree of freedom systems such that you are able to understand the dynamic behaviour of mechanisms and associated engineering design problems. During the numerical aspect of this module you will learn the concepts that will allow you to take the equations of motion for complex mechanical systems and solve them in order to obtain the forces, positions, velocities and accelerations.

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KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KB6000 -

Investigative Project (Core,40 Credits)

You will learn about and demonstrate how to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in your degree programme whilst also extending your independent learning through a deep investigation of a topic, which may be of your own choice. You will develop your ability to plan, direct, progress and take responsibility for your own large scale investigative project.
You may be involved in the choice of the topic of your investigation and also be able to lead the direction of the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. Your investigation will draw upon a broad range of existing engineering knowledge and practice, apply advanced engineering techniques, allow you to draw your own conclusions supported by your findings and enable you to present your results in a professional manner.

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KB6004 -

Sustainable Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will aquire knowledge and the skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyse advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems their technologies and their application to energy generation problems. Advanced energy systems will be investigated, such as; combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines.

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KB6005 -

Advanced Structural Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the advanced methods of vibration and stress analysis. You will cover the free and forced vibration of single and multiple degree of freedom systems. This module reviews and highlights the real-world applications of vibration and utilisation of suitable software for advanced vibration analysis of systems. The applications are illustrated through the use of case studies. You will also learn about analytical methods of stress and deformation analysis for engineering structures with a focus on column buckling, energy methods and nonlinear behaviours. The utilisation of suitable software for stress/deformation analysis will also be introduced. An understanding of the capabilities and limitations of each method will allow you to apply these methods correctly and efficiently in a real-life engineering context.

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KB6007 -

Advanced Manufacturing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about various advanced aspects related to manufacturing systems including industrial automation and control; electrical and pneumatic control systems; and manufacturing philosophies/ tools. You will cover how these tools and philosophies can be used for conventional as well as non-conventional manufacturing systems. You will focus on the critical application of those systems in order to solve complex problems, including those in unfamiliar environments. You will learn about engaging with the theoretical knowledge: through seminar sessions and by exploring specific case studies.

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KB6009 -

Mechanical Design & Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the application of advanced design techniques and technologies for mechanical engineering problems. You will be covering a range of design techniques such as; Design for Manufacture, Design for Assembly, Design Failure Modes Effects Analysis etc, within integrated Computer Aided Engineering systems (CAD, CAM, FEA and CFD). As these approaches are interconnected and you will be expected to meet learning outcomes of the module by employing an interconnected approach to these critical concepts.
The role and use of Intellectual property, its protection and exploitation, will also be covered as part of the R&D/Design process.
An understanding and application of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) on how materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) are selected and specified in industry will be developed. You will also gain an understanding of materials and product manufacture and causes of materials and structural failure.
Your learning will be achieved from lectures and seminars where you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by undertaking both individual exercises such as; product deconstruction and revitalisation and group activity based exercises

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KB7001 -

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn to develop the ability to apply appropriate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques to the solution of a wide range of problems involving fluid flow and heat transfer, and to interpret the results gained in light of the underlying equations of viscous flow, heat transfer and other physical models such as turbulence models.

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KB7004 -

Advanced Product Design and Development (Core,20 Credits)

On completing this module you will have the ability to develop innovative products using design processes, digital 3D design, analysis and manufacturing techniques. Your knowledge of the product design process will be developed from project planning through to production. You will learn to generate concept designs, appraising their merits to justify your selection of concept progression to the design stage. You will consequently learn to rationalise development decisions against consideration of product assembly, manufacture, sustainability, cost effectiveness, robustness and experimental design. Furthermore you will be able to advance your use of product design techniques to include solid and surface modelling, utilise design analysis tools encompassing Finite Element methods, and apply to Additive Manufacturing Rapid Tooling and Rapid Manufacturing in the product development process.

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KB7007 -

Engineering Technology Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will gain knowledge and skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in Engineering. In particular, this is rooted around managing at the strategic level and the delivery of that strategy through projects. So you will learn about Strategic Management, Project Management including Project Definition and its links to Project Success through the Management of Risk as well as Planning and Control of projects. You will go through several critically selected case studies looking at several management aspects. You will also consider the role of Ethics in delivering a Business Strategy and in your role as a Professional.

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Advanced Stress and Structural Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about advanced stress and structural analyses and their practical application as used in modern Mechanical Engineering design and in the failure assessment of components. You will develop skills in the effective use of experimental and computational stress analysis techniques in the design, testing or failure assessment of materials and structures.

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Interdisciplinary Project (Core,40 Credits)

This module is the culmination of your degree programme, it provides an extended opportunity for you to bring together your specialist knowledge and skills within an industry or development based project. You will work with the guidance of a tutor to direct your own learning and develop your abilities in areas such as; team planning and management, detailed design of the proposed method, prototype fabrication or virtual system modelling and critical evaluation and identification of further developments
You will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate to potential future employers the breadth and depth of your ability by not only using your specialist abilities but also through the demonstration of your planning, organisational and team working skills. You will be expected to incorporate unfamiliar knowledge as well as the wider social and environmental considerations of the engineering profession.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB4001 -

Professional Studies and Technical Communication (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your understanding of the role of the engineering professions within the modern World and give you the opportunity to consider how a graduate engineer may shape the future. You will learn: how the engineering professions are structured and operate, how engineers may play a significant role within sustainable development and ethical responsibility in Global development and an engineer’s responsibility in Heath, Safety and management of risk.
You will develop and evaluate learning and communication skills to enhance your technical literacy. You will develop the ability to examine your own learning through reflection by connecting knowledge and experience through application and evaluation. Practical exercises will enable you to develop your ability to 'acquire, analyse and present' data and technical information. This will involve you in; information retrieval, data analysis, as well as experiencing a range of approaches to the presentation of technical information.

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Introduction to Engineering Design [Mechanical] (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of concepts and methods of the design process and the use of engineering materials to create and develop economically viable engineering solutions to satisfy customer and user needs. You will learn through workshops (laboratory) include both "paper" and practical "design-make-test" exercises which require an understanding (that will be developed in the module) of the different properties of engineering materials. You will be identifying design constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety issues will be considered. You will be using computer software to aid the design process, including the production of engineering drawings (2D draughting and 3D Modelling). You will learn to understand the competitive nature of the product development industry. The result of your learning will be the development of your ability to manufacture prototypes providing useful outcomes from design activity.

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KB4004 -

Materials Engineering and Performance (Core,20 Credits)

You will begin the module by being introduced to the significance of materials science and engineering for 21st century engineers through the fundamentals of metal, polymers, ceramics and composites. Your will learn about different materials’ properties and internationally recognised standardised practices for testing them. You will develop an understanding of how properties can be optimised for various materials and how you can engineer materials at various to get the maximum and desired performance from them. Principal manufacturing processes used for engineering materials within a context of the structure-property-processing relationship will be covered in detail. Awareness on sustainability (e.g. eco-auditing) and preventative measures for degradation (e.g. corrosion) will also be covered. Within this module you will also undertake groupwork where you will be taught how to make engineering decisions as a group, manage your time and also personal reflection upon your team working skills.

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KB4052 -

Energy Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how engineering applications utilise basic science to design and operate energy systems. Based on this knowledge, you will apply scientific knowledge to examples of real systems to understand how they support design and analysis of objects and systems. This will enable you to make informed design decisions in systems that usefully employ energy and power within engineering applications that provide heat, light, motion, transport etc.

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KB4053 -

Mechanical Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how engineering applications utilise basic science to design and operate static and dynamic engineering systems. Based on this knowledge, you will apply scientific knowledge to examples of real systems to understand how they support design and analysis of objects and systems. This will enable you to make informed design decisions in systems that employ mechanics of materials, bodes and structures both statically and dynamically.

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Engineering Analytics (Core,20 Credits)

Basic algebra and trigonometry
Transposition, simplification, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, functions and identities.

Basic calculus
Derivative as slope and rate of change, standard derivatives; product, quotient and function of a function rules; integration
as reverse of differentiation, standard integrals, area under a curve; solution of simple differential equations by direct integration.

Complex numbers
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, complex conjugate and division in algebraic form. The Argand diagram. Polar form and
exponential form, with multiplication and division. De Moivre's theorem (powers and roots). Locus problems.

Calculus
Implicit, parametric and logarithmic differentiation. Maxima and minima. MacLaurin's series. Partial differentiation, first order change, analysis of errors, method of least squares. Integration techniques (substitution, partial fractions, by parts) and simple applications of integration.

Matrices and Determinants
Second and third order determinants, evaluation, properties, Cramer's Rule for solution of simultaneous equations; matrices, addition, subtraction, multiplication, transpose, inverse (via adjoint), solution of simultaneous linear equations by matrix inversion.

Vectors
Sum, difference, magnitude, components, Cartesian representation in three dimensions; scalar and vector products, angle between vectors, application to simple geometrical and physical problems.

Differential Equations
Solution of first order by separation of variables and integrating factor; second order with constant coefficients, auxiliary
equation, complementary function, particular integral by substitution.




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KB5000 -

Engineering Management & Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the most important issues for managing in an engineering environment, such as professional skills, project management, industrial engineering, quality assurance, costing and finance. We will introduce you to the methods used to make financial decisions in evaluating engineering and manufacturing options from an economic viewpoint. You will learn about working with people by considering the techniques used to evaluate and improve personal, team and organisational efficiency levels. Your learning will be further enhanced with content on how such factors may be influenced by quality control aspects, together with their importance and links in terms of engineering project management. You will be given opportunities to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the role of effective interpersonal communication and personal skills development, such as; personal development planning, knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of conduct and the need to communicate balanced arguments relating to professional and ethical issues.

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KB5001 -

Mechanical and Structural Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will acquire scientific and technical knowledge and practical skills for the design and evaluation of stress and deformation analysis for simple and complex engineering structures.
You will learn engineering mechanics in the context of design for strength, stability and stiffness from an analytical and numerical perspective. Theoretical knowledge introduced in prevoius study is solidified and enhanced through the study of finite element methods (FEM), a numerical approach to solving structural systems. Based on these skills, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to apply stress analysis methods, including FEM, to design and evaluate real-life mechanical and structural systems.

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KB5005 -

Fluid Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the fluid systems for incompressible and compressible flows. You will start with the significance of non-dimensional numbers in the context of model and prototype testing. Practical fluid flow machineries will be studied in detail. You will consider boundary layer theory and viscous flow with application to bearing lubrication and heat transfer during condensation. You will also study compressible flows and application to converging-diverging nozzle. You will be introduced to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and will be able to simulate practical laboratory data using a state of the art CFD software.

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Manufacturing Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the connection of design, materials performance and manufacturing through lectures, seminars and practical classes. Starting with materials and processes classification you will explore topical such as: The relationships of; Design, Materials, Manufacturing and Form, Function and the environment in materials and process selection; Casting and moulding processes in metals and polymers; Machining processes and machine tools; joining processes and equipment; micro-manufacturing and fabrication of microelectronic devices; and surface roughness and measurement; surface treatments, coatings and cleaning.

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KB5007 -

Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about energy conversion systems and technologies and their application in energy generation and transportation sectors. You will be facilitated in your design based understanding on steam power cycles, heat transfer, IC engines, combustion and heating systems and air conditioning systems. You will develop your skills through undertaking an energy audit and problem solving. You will be given opportunities on your learning journey to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the case studies and problems related to these topics during seminars.

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KB5008 -

Mechanical and Structural Systems 2 (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the theory and methods of analysis and evaluation of mechanical and structural systems for their dynamical and vibrational behaviour. You will specifically learn about the kinetics of particles and rigid bodies and learn how to derive the equations of motion for a number of single and multi-degree of freedom systems such that you are able to understand the dynamic behaviour of mechanisms and associated engineering design problems. During the numerical aspect of this module you will learn the concepts that will allow you to take the equations of motion for complex mechanical systems and solve them in order to obtain the forces, positions, velocities and accelerations.

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KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KB6000 -

Investigative Project (Core,40 Credits)

You will learn about and demonstrate how to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in your degree programme whilst also extending your independent learning through a deep investigation of a topic, which may be of your own choice. You will develop your ability to plan, direct, progress and take responsibility for your own large scale investigative project.
You may be involved in the choice of the topic of your investigation and also be able to lead the direction of the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. Your investigation will draw upon a broad range of existing engineering knowledge and practice, apply advanced engineering techniques, allow you to draw your own conclusions supported by your findings and enable you to present your results in a professional manner.

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KB6004 -

Sustainable Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will aquire knowledge and the skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyse advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems their technologies and their application to energy generation problems. Advanced energy systems will be investigated, such as; combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines.

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KB6005 -

Advanced Structural Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the advanced methods of vibration and stress analysis. You will cover the free and forced vibration of single and multiple degree of freedom systems. This module reviews and highlights the real-world applications of vibration and utilisation of suitable software for advanced vibration analysis of systems. The applications are illustrated through the use of case studies. You will also learn about analytical methods of stress and deformation analysis for engineering structures with a focus on column buckling, energy methods and nonlinear behaviours. The utilisation of suitable software for stress/deformation analysis will also be introduced. An understanding of the capabilities and limitations of each method will allow you to apply these methods correctly and efficiently in a real-life engineering context.

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KB6007 -

Advanced Manufacturing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about various advanced aspects related to manufacturing systems including industrial automation and control; electrical and pneumatic control systems; and manufacturing philosophies/ tools. You will cover how these tools and philosophies can be used for conventional as well as non-conventional manufacturing systems. You will focus on the critical application of those systems in order to solve complex problems, including those in unfamiliar environments. You will learn about engaging with the theoretical knowledge: through seminar sessions and by exploring specific case studies.

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KB6009 -

Mechanical Design & Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the application of advanced design techniques and technologies for mechanical engineering problems. You will be covering a range of design techniques such as; Design for Manufacture, Design for Assembly, Design Failure Modes Effects Analysis etc, within integrated Computer Aided Engineering systems (CAD, CAM, FEA and CFD). As these approaches are interconnected and you will be expected to meet learning outcomes of the module by employing an interconnected approach to these critical concepts.
The role and use of Intellectual property, its protection and exploitation, will also be covered as part of the R&D/Design process.
An understanding and application of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) on how materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) are selected and specified in industry will be developed. You will also gain an understanding of materials and product manufacture and causes of materials and structural failure.
Your learning will be achieved from lectures and seminars where you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by undertaking both individual exercises such as; product deconstruction and revitalisation and group activity based exercises

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KB7001 -

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn to develop the ability to apply appropriate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques to the solution of a wide range of problems involving fluid flow and heat transfer, and to interpret the results gained in light of the underlying equations of viscous flow, heat transfer and other physical models such as turbulence models.

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KB7004 -

Advanced Product Design and Development (Core,20 Credits)

On completing this module you will have the ability to develop innovative products using design processes, digital 3D design, analysis and manufacturing techniques. Your knowledge of the product design process will be developed from project planning through to production. You will learn to generate concept designs, appraising their merits to justify your selection of concept progression to the design stage. You will consequently learn to rationalise development decisions against consideration of product assembly, manufacture, sustainability, cost effectiveness, robustness and experimental design. Furthermore you will be able to advance your use of product design techniques to include solid and surface modelling, utilise design analysis tools encompassing Finite Element methods, and apply to Additive Manufacturing Rapid Tooling and Rapid Manufacturing in the product development process.

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KB7007 -

Engineering Technology Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will gain knowledge and skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in Engineering. In particular, this is rooted around managing at the strategic level and the delivery of that strategy through projects. So you will learn about Strategic Management, Project Management including Project Definition and its links to Project Success through the Management of Risk as well as Planning and Control of projects. You will go through several critically selected case studies looking at several management aspects. You will also consider the role of Ethics in delivering a Business Strategy and in your role as a Professional.

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KB7008 -

Advanced Stress and Structural Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about advanced stress and structural analyses and their practical application as used in modern Mechanical Engineering design and in the failure assessment of components. You will develop skills in the effective use of experimental and computational stress analysis techniques in the design, testing or failure assessment of materials and structures.

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KB7010 -

Interdisciplinary Project (Core,40 Credits)

This module is the culmination of your degree programme, it provides an extended opportunity for you to bring together your specialist knowledge and skills within an industry or development based project. You will work with the guidance of a tutor to direct your own learning and develop your abilities in areas such as; team planning and management, detailed design of the proposed method, prototype fabrication or virtual system modelling and critical evaluation and identification of further developments
You will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate to potential future employers the breadth and depth of your ability by not only using your specialist abilities but also through the demonstration of your planning, organisational and team working skills. You will be expected to incorporate unfamiliar knowledge as well as the wider social and environmental considerations of the engineering profession.

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