KB6061 - Vehicle Dynamics and Control

What will I learn on this module?

Vehicle dynamics and control will combine knowledge, understanding, and practical application within the subject of mechanics to tackle complex engineering problems. You will investigate how the field of control theory is used to measure and regulate vibrating mechanical systems, and the impact such motions have on vehicle performance. Advanced techniques and tools will be blended with the methodologies practised in previous years to facilitate investigation into complex dynamics-based problems where independence and creativity are encouraged to explore and critically evaluate potential solutions to more open-ended challenges. Analytical, computational, and experimental techniques will be considered and applied to reach substantiated conclusions.

How will I learn on this module?

Active learning sessions will be used to allow you to engage with elevated material and assist you in exploring key concepts and topics within the module. Sessions will involve a combination of content delivery and practical learning exercises to enable you to apply your learning to authentic, broadly defined engineering problems that may involve conflicting and/or incomplete information. A problem-solving focused curriculum will allow you to explore and understand how well-proven solutions can be applied to more open-ended problems and provide further opportunity for innovative discovery of alternatives. Learning activities will enable students to work collaboratively through the further development of teamwork and communication skills, and the encouragement of creative thinking to solve engineering problems.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During your active learning sessions, academic support will be available to facilitate your exploration of the problem-solving activities. Formative feedback will be provided by the module team, including answering student queries and providing guidance concerning the module such as assessments and your academic progress. The electronic learning platform (eLP) provides a comprehensive resource for integrated learning incorporating learning materials and reading lists that will facilitate directed and self-directed learning. Contact with academic tutors and your peers outside formal teaching hours is encouraged through dedicated ‘office hours’, discussion boards and messaging systems within the eLP. Professional support staff, such as Ask4Help, provide the first point of contact for a range of queries, including, for example, those concerning assessment submission, late submission/extensions, and other administrative issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems relating to vehicle dynamics and control. Some of the knowledge will be at the forefront of the particular subject of study.
MLO2. Select and apply appropriate materials, equipment, engineering technologies and processes, recognising their limitations that are within the field of vehicle vibration and control.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3. Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex vehicle dynamics and/or control problems, recognising the limitations of the methods employed.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO4. Apply creativity and curiosity to analyse complex vehicle dynamics and control problems to reach substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Academic staff on the module will assess you in a formative manner to help build your confidence and highlight any misunderstandings you may have of the theoretical and professional concepts presented in the module. Your formative feedback will be given to you either verbally by academic staff on the module during formally scheduled teaching sessions or using the eLP. Your formative feedback aims to help you learn and prepare for the submission of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Academic staff on the module will assess you in a summative manner by two pieces of assessment:
Component 1 to assess your knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics and control applied to the solution of complex problems through technology selection and computational and analytical techniques (MLOs 1 - 3) through completing an industry compatible written submission.
Component 2, a timed electronic exam (competency-based challenge task), is used to evaluate your ability to apply creativity and curiosity to analyse complex vehicle dynamics and control problems to reach substantiated conclusions using principles of engineering MLO 4.

Feedback will be provided electronically through the eLP or student email within 20 working days of the date of submission.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Vehicle dynamics and control will combine knowledge, understanding, and practical application within the subject of mechanics to tackle complex engineering problems. You will investigate how the field of control theory is used to measure and regulate vibrating mechanical systems, and the impact vibration has on vehicle performance. Advanced techniques and tools will be blended with the methodologies practised earlier in your study to facilitate investigation into complex dynamics-based problems where independence and creativity are encouraged to explore and critically evaluate potential solutions to more open-ended challenges. Active learning sessions will be used to allow you to engage with elevated material and assist you in exploring key concepts and topics within the module. Sessions will involve practical learning exercises to enable you to apply your learning to authentic, broadly defined engineering problems that may involve conflicting and/or incomplete information. The module utilises the electronic learning platform to provide a comprehensive resource for integrated learning incorporating learning materials and reading lists that will facilitate directed and self-directed learning.

Course info

UCAS Code H3P6

Credits 20

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 2022 or September 2023

Fee Information

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