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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: H402
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA / IB : 35 / BTEC : Not accepted without grade A in A Level Mathematics
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Module details

Programme Year One

LAB COATS – Students will be required to wear a lab coat for all Engineering laboratory sessions. Students may purchase a lab coat at the start of the year from the Student Support Office at a subsidised cost of £15.

ProE – In week 7 of the second semester students take a week long course in ProEngineer for which they are required to purchase a manual at a subsidised cost of £10.

PILOT STUDIES FLIGHT TRAINING AND STUDY PACK – approx £3400 (subject to change due to fuel prices)

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Aerospace Engineering Design 1a (AERO113)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with an interesting and engaging project that will help them to immediately relate the material being taught,​ both within and without this module, to a practical problem that is identifiable to their engineering discipline, thus reinforcing its relevance to the topic.

    In addition, the module:

    1. Seeks to provide students with an early understading of preliminary engineering design processes
    2. Will introduce students to formal engineering drawing and visualisation
    3. Will expose students to group work and the dynamics of working in a team
    4. Will expose students to the complexity of an engineering design task
    5. Will enable students to develop data analysis and plotting skills
    6. Will embody an approach to learning that will engage the students for the remainder of their lives


    Learning Outcomes

    The student will be able to communcate their ideas using the principles of engineering drawing standards

    ​The student will be able to sucessfully complete the preliminary design exercise of an engineering project by working in a small group

    The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of and a proficiency in technical writing and the presentation of data ​

    ​​The s​tudent will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering analysis software including the ability to produce x-y plots and create simple functions

  • Pilot Studies 1 (AERO131)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • To provide basic knowledge of the following topics that relate to the systems and operation of a light aircraft: Aircraft technical, Navigation and Radio Aids, Meteorology, Flight Performance and Planning, Radio Communications and Human Performance.

  • ​To engage students in a PPL/NPPL flight training programme aiming to expose them to the procedures required for flying and help them develop the required flying skills.

  • Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this module the student will have knowledge of meteorological conditions and be able to interpretate of weather information relating to flight.

    ​On successful completion of this module the students will have gained knowledge of the basic principles of systems found on a typical light aircraft, including communication systems and radio navigation aids.

    ​To be able to assess the implications of Human Factors on aviation safety.

  • Electrical Circuits for Engineers (ELEC121)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
    1. To provide students with a basic understanding and analysis of electrical circuits and theory. 
    2.   To introduce students to basic semiconductor devices and circuits involving diodes and transistors.
    3. To provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of the principles and construction of DC and AC machines, transformers and linear actuators.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​​Understanding the electrical behaviour of basic passive and active electrical circuit components

    ​To understand and apply fundamental circuit analysis to solve circuit problems

    ​To understand how the physical laws of electromagnetism and mechanics apply to practical motors, transformers and actuators.

    ​Demonstrate a basic understanding of those factors that determine the performance of electrical motors, transformers and simple electro-mechanical actuators

  • Introduction to Structural Materials (ENGG108)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide students with a basic introduction to the mechanical properties and deformation of metals, ceramics and polymers, and how the properties are related to microstructure and processing.

    Learning Outcomes

    gain ​knowledge and understanding of the main principles and experimental practice of mechanical testing of materials in engineering 


    ​gain knowledge and understanding of the relationships between materials properties, the microstructure, processing, and mechnaical and thermal treatments.

    ​gain an appreciation of materials failure processes

    ​gain an appreciation of how materials are selected and specified in industry

  • Solids and Structures 1 (ENGG110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and theory of how engineering structures work to sustain loads. It will also show how stress analysis leads to the design of safer structures.  It will also provide students with the means to analyse and design basic structural elements as used in modern engineering structures.

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of static equilibrium of structural systems

    ​Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how structures sustain loads without failing

    ​Ability to analyse stress and strain in basic structural members as a means to designing safer structures

    ​Ability to size basic structural members for given limiting stress criteria in a design context

  • Thermodynamics I (ENGG112)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of the laws of thermodynamics and an appreciation of their consequences.

    To develop some elementary analysis skills using the first and second laws of thermodynamics.

    To develop skills in performing and reporting simple experiments.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to showexperience and enhancement of discipline-specific practical skills in usingappropriate modelling and analytical methods to solvethermodynamics problems.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to showexperience and enhancement of discipline-specific practical skills in carryingout Level 1 practical exercises in Thermodynamicsfollowing instruction, using test and measurement equipment and techniques,collecting and recording data, estimating accuracy, assessing errors, and usingsafe systems of work.

    ​An understanding of the everyday implications of the laws of thermodynamics and an ability to communicate these implications to a lay audience.

    ​An appreciation of the relationship between classical and statistical thermodynamics.

  • Fluid Mechanics (ENGG113)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    ​To develop an understanding of the basic principles of fluid mechanics and appreciation of how to solve simple engineering problems.

    To develop skills in performing simple experiments

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Be able to show experience and enhancement of discipline-specific practical skills in using appropriate modelling and analytical methods to solve fluid mechanics problems.

    ​Be able to show experience and enhancement of discipline-specific practical skills in carrying out Level 1 laboratory experiments in Fluid Mechanics following instruction, using test and measurement equipment and techniques, collecting and recording data, estimating accuracy, assessing errors, and using safe systems of work.

    ​Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of using dimensional analysis to undertake scale-model testing and ensure conditions of dynamic similarity

    ​Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of hydrostatics and applications to manometry

    ​Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concept of mass conservation and the the continuity equation applied to one-dimensional flows.

    ​Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Bernoulli''''s equation as applied to internal and external flow problems.

  • Electromechanical Systems (ENGG121)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
    1. ​To introduce mathematical modelling terminology and concepts.
    2. To develop an appreciation of how mathematical modelling can be used to describe different types of systems.
    3. To develop confidence in simulation of simple electromechanical systems.​
    Learning Outcomes​​To understand the formulation and definition of mathematical models​

    To develop an understanding of graph theory used for modelling​

    ​To be able to simulate basic dynamical models using the Simulink package​

    ​​To model simple electromechanical systems using block diagrams​

    ​To analyse dynamical response of simple dynamical systems.​

  • Engineering Mathematics (MATH198)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide a basic level of mathematicsincluding calculus and extend the student''s knowledge to include an elementaryintroduction to complex variables and functions of two variables.

    Learning Outcomes

    • differentiate using the chain, product and quotient rules;

     

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     sketch the graphs of elementary and rational functions;

    integrate using list integrals, substitution and integration by parts with applications to simple geometrical problems;

     understand the basic properties of three dimensional vectors and apply them to elementary geometrical problems;

     understand the algebra of complex numbers in Cartesian and polar forms and their application to multiplication, division and roots.

     solve elementary first and second order differential equations with and without initial conditions and make simple mechanical applications;

     evaluate simple Laplace transforms and their inverses using tables with application to initial value problems;

     understand the graphical representation of functions of two variables;

    ​find partial derivatives and use to locate and classify the stationary points of a function of two variables

  • Mathematical Techniques for Engineers (MATH199)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide a basic level of mathematics including calculus and extend the student''s knowledge to include an elementary introduction to complex variables and functions of two variables.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module the students should be able to:

    • differentiate using the chain, product and quotient rules;

    • sketch the graphs of elementary and rational functions;

    • integrate using list integrals, substitution and integration by parts with applications to simple geometrical problems;

    • understand the basic properties of three dimensional vectors and apply them to elementary geometrical problems;

    • understand the algebra of complex numbers in Cartesian and polar forms and their application to multiplication, division and roots.

    • solve elementary first and second order differential equations with and without initial conditions and make simple mechanical applications;

    • evaluate simple Laplace transforms and their inverses using tables with application to initial value problems;

    • understand the graphical representation of functions of two variables;

    • find partial derivatives and use to locate and classify the stationary points of a function of two variables

  • Introduction to Management and Sustainability (MNGT105)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The aims of this module are to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of industrial management and the issues of sustainability in management processes

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Awareness of modern management principals and approaches

    ​Appreciation of ethics in business

    ​Understanding of sustainable development in business processes

Programme Year Two

SAFETY BOOTS – Students undertaking Aerospace Engineering programmes will be required to wear safety shoes or boots (that is to say with both toe cap and midsole protection conforming to European safety legislation) for some activities, and these must be provided by the students themselves.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Aerospace Engineering Design 2 (AERO220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    AimsThe build upon the basic Aerospace Design Exercise from year 1 of the programme to enable the students to analyse, discuss and design the components of a large civil aircraft and to lay the foundation for more detailed Aerospace Design in years 3 & 4.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be ableto evaluate different aircraft platforms and assess their suitability against aset of requirements​

    Students will be able to perform a range of suitable calculation methods applicable to the early stages of an aircraft design

    ​Students will be able to perform preliminary design of large commercial aircraft

  • Pilot Studies 2 (AERO231)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide knowledge of navigation, meteorology, aircraft instrumentats and human factors appropriate to commercial operations.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Knowledge of the influence of human factors in the context of commercial aircraft operation

    ​An understanding of global meteorological conditions relevant to commercial aircraft operations.

    Knowledge and understanding of commercial aircraft navigation

    Knowledge and understanding of commercial aircraft flight instruments and warning systems

  • Pilot Studies 3 (AERO232)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide knowledge of Aircraft Performance and Principles of Flight, Radio Navigation systems and Aircraft General Knowledge appropriate to commercial aircraft operations

    Learning Outcomes

    ​An appreciation of Radio Navigation principles

    ​An understanding of commercial aircraft systems

    ​A sound knowledge of the principles of flight

    ​A sound knowledge of aircraft performance

  • Avionics and Communications Systems (AERO250)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of basic communication systems, avionic systems, including radar, navigation and aircraft vision systems.​

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:

    • Independent learning
    • Problem solving and design skills

    After successful completion of the module, the student should:

    • be able to demonstrate their analytical skills to the design of simple avionic systems, including radio communications, radars and elementary EMC engineering.
    • be able to demonstrate the use of the Friis and Radar Equations, as well as the concepts of noise and interference.
    • be able to demonstrate their familiarity with, and ability to manipulate, the decibel notation that is used extensively in radar and radio systems.
    • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with basic intertial and GPS navigation systems.  
    • be able to demonstrate an understanding of aircraft vision systems.
    • Be capable of analysing a simple radio and radar systems by performing the necessary link budget calculations.
    • Be able to demonstrate the use of error budgets in inertial navigation systems.
    • Be able to demonstrate their appreciation of the role of avionics within the multi-disciplinary world of aerospace engineering.​
  • Solids & Structures 2 (ENGG209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide awareness and some understanding of the principles of solid mechanics applied to engineering structures. In particular, the behaviour and types of failure (instability) of simple elastic systems and structural members used in aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering applications.

    Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding of ​solid mechanics principles applied to engineering structures such as beams, columns and pin-jointed frames;

    Awareness about the types of behaviour of simple elastic structural systems;

    ​​Ability to predict the behaviour and failure (instability) of simple elastic structural systems;

    ​Ability to determine the stresses in nonsymmetric thin-walled sections; 

    ​Appreciation of the importance of boundary conditions​

  • Programming for Engineers 1 (ENGG286)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Ø  MECH,MECH/MATTS, AERO;

    The intentionis that anyone successfully completing the module will be at a point where theyare sufficiently familiar and comfortable with the basics of Excel and thebasics of the MATLAB language to be able to write their own simpleprograms to deal with the type of problems they are likely toencounter in other modules and in engineering practice.

    Ø  CIVIL;

    The intentionis that anyone successfully completing the module will be at a point where theyare sufficiently familiar and comfortable with Excel and the basics ofthe Excel Macro to be able to deal with the type of problems theyare likely to encounter in other modules and in engineering practice.​

    Learning Outcomes

    Gain knowledge of basic procedural programming concepts.

    Become proficient in the use of MATLAB.

    Enhance problem solving skills.

    Gain experience in solving engineering problems using a software tool.

    ​Become proficient in the use of Excel and Excel Macros.​

  • Engineering Mathematics II (MATH299)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To introduce some advanced Mathematics required by Engineers, Aerospace Engineers, Civil Engineers and Mechanical Engineers.

    To develop the students ability to use the mathematics presented in the module in solving problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    A good knowledge of matrices and their use to solve systems of linear equations.

    ​ An understanding of how to find eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

    A good knowledge of multi-variable calculus​.

  • Dynamic Systems (MECH215)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of the essential principles governing the behaviour of first and second order systems in the time and frequency domains and to introduce the concepts of feedback control and dynamic stability.

    To develop skills in carrying out and reporting upon simple experiments in Dynamic Systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will be able to model, solve and interprete first- and second-order systems problems in mechanical, electrical and aerospace engineering.

    ​Students will understand the resonance phenomenon and will be able to take it into account when designing a dynamical system.

    ​Students will be able to analyze or design closed-loop dynamical systems.

    ​The students will know how to control the dynamics of a system by proposing and calibrating a suitable controller at elementary level.

    ​Students will be able to carry out suitable experiments to analyse and identify second-order mechanical systems.

  • Project Management (MNGT202)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce the student to some of the tools and constraints associated with managing both small and large projects, and with some simple costing approaches. A virtual project is undertaken by every student. The student is encouraged to adopt a project approach to current and future tasks, and to learn the language adopted by project-oriented employers.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Practical project management

    ​Practical risk management

    ​Practical cost management

    ​Formal meeting administration and record taking

    ​Teamwork and communications

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Aerodynamics (AERO316)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The module aims to help the student to develop the ability to understand qualitatively and to predict quantitatively the flow over an aerofoil at all speeds, and the flow over simple wings.

    Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of the module the students will be able to apply the appropriate aerodynamic theory depending on the flow conditions and assess the limitations of the data with reference to the limitations of the methods applied.

    ​On successful completion of the module the students will be able to analyse aerofoils for their aerodynamic characteristics.

    ​On successful completion of the module the students will be able analyse simple wings for their aerodynamic characteristics

    ​On successful completion of the module the students should have strengthened reporting skills and use the accepted technical language accordingly.

  • Flight Dynamics and Control (AERO317)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to give the students a The aim of this module is to give the students a solid grounding in the theory of Flight Dynamics/Flight Control Systems principles and to equip them to solve related problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    Understand the basic theory set out in the syllabus

    ​Understand the concepts of aircraft stability and dynamic response

    ​Understand and be able to apply the basic principles of feedback control to aircraft flight dynamics

    ​Be able to formulate and to solve representative problems problems using using using a calculator.

    Be able to solve more challenging analysis and design problems using computer to solve more challenging analysis and design problems using computer software and simulation.

  • Aerostructures (AERO318)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims
    1. To introduce advanced aspects of structural analysis snd building upon the concepts covered in the structures/solid mechanics courses in the first two years.

    2. ​To relate the mathematical concepts considered in the course, to structural design and industrial practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successfulcompletion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledgeand understanding of the theoretical basis of aircraft Layout,​

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of the Load Paths, Maneuvers and Load Factor,​

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of the Airworthiness & FAR-CS, Flight envelope and Gust,​

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of the Basic Elasticity Theory, de St. Venant’s Principle,​

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of the bending of beams with distributed load,​

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of the Bending, Shear and Torsion of Thin-walled Open and Closed section Beams,​

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of the Structural idealization and its application to Wing Spar and Box Beam, Fuselage, Wings,

  • Aerospace Engineering Design 3 (AERO321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​Upon successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:

    • develop knowledge and skills in aerospace vehicle design, analysis modelling and simulation
    • provide students with the ability to solve complex problems as a team
    • show enhanced skill in presenting design information succinctly
    • prepare integrated masters students for the Capstone Design activity

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will be able to develop software design tools using reasonably advanced theoretical methods

    ​Students will be able to comprehend the limitations of computational design tools

    ​Students will be able to communicate design ideas succinctly and in a professional manner

    ​Students will be able to use simulation techniques as an effective method for vehicle evaluation

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    ​Students will be able to demonstrate effective team-working in aircraft development

  • Individual Project (ENGG341)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide an opportunity for the student to:

    • apply engineering knowledge, understanding and skills to plan, carry out and control an open-ended project in a topic of their choice
    • enhance their communication skills: writing proposal, progress and final reports, giving oral presentations and interacting with academic/ research staff.
    • experience a major task similar to those of working as a professional engineer in an industrial or research organisation
    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to show experience and enhancement in various analytical, modelling, experimental or workshop techniques, depending on the topic and scope of their project.  Students will also demonstrate enhanced understanding of, and expertise in, underlying scientific theory relevant to their own project.

  • Advanced Modern Management (MNGT352)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The Aims of this module are as follows:

    • To introduce the student to various aspects of advanced modern management.
    • To develop a knowledge and understanding of modern management tools.
    • To stimulate an appreciation of management and its importance in organisational success.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students who complete this module will obtain a good understanding of the following:

        The scientific theory of industrial psychology and organisational behaviour.    The key components of operations and management.    The impact of supply chain and logistics to modern business.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:

        Analysis of organisation behaviour.    Analysing of operations systems and performance evaluation.    Analysis and modelling of supply chain.
  • Advanced Engineering Materials (MATS301)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    AimsTo understand the production methods for and mechanical properties of non-ferrous metals To identify the types of fibres and matrices commonly used in the manufacture of composite materials To identify the commonly used test methods and NDT techniques for composites To use micromechanics approaches and Classical Laminate Theory to study the mechanical response of composites.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Knowledge and understanding of the origins of the microstructures of Al, Ti and Ni alloys, and how they may be influenced by thermal and mechanical treatments

    ​Knowledge of fibres, matrices and fabric types used in composites

    ​Understanding of manufacturing processes, test methods and NDT techniques used for composites

    ​Ability of calculating the mechanical properties of composites using micromechanics and Classical Laminate Theory

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Spaceflight (AERO319)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of the principles and challenges of space flight and the significance of space-based applications. Development of the ability to analyse the performance of a multi-stage rocket as well as the ability to predict the trajectory of a spacecraft in orbit around the Earth or in an inter-planetary orbit.

    Learning Outcomes

    Developing an understanding of orbital mechanics of planets and spacecraft

    Developing an understanding of the principles of rocket propopulsion and the design and layout of space launchers​

    ​Developing an insight into the different systems onboard a spacefraft and their function

    Developing an understanding of how spacefraft stabilisation works​

    Learning how to computate spacecraft orbits​

    Simplified theory of variable mass systems, the rocket equation.
  • Rf Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics (ELEC311)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students the fundamentalconcepts of high frequency electromagnetics; to present and develop theunderlying theory of transmission lines (TX), including lossy TX; to introducethe Smith Chart as an important tool in TX design and analysis;  to give an appreciation of the importance ofcomputational electromagnetics its role in industrial applications; to give aclear understanding of impedance matching and related techniques; to introducethe concept of the scattering parameters for 2-port networks and their applicationsand measurements; to understand radio wave propagation, attenuation andreflection; and to enable students appreciate the basic understanding of RF filter, antenna andamplifier design.​

    Learning Outcomes

     

    • The essentials of RF engineering and applied EM. The circuit and field concepts and their relevance to RF systems.

    • The underlying theory and physical concepts behind transmission lines (TX) and the factors governing performance of real TEM transmission lines, and knowledge of various transmission lines in practice.​

    • Reflection coeffiecients, VSWR,and return loss in communication systems​

    • The methods of achieving matched conditions for maximum power transfer.​

    • S- parameters and their measurement and applications.​

    • An appreciation of radio propagation and antennas.​

    • Fundamental knowledge of RF components and devices, such as filters and amplifiers, for modern communicaiton systems.
  • Uncertainty, Reliability and Risk 1 (ENGG304)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module develops understanding and appreciation of uncertainties in engineering on a basic level. It involves the qualitative analysis of the uncertainty and risks in engineering systems in view of engineering decision making under uncertainty.

    Particular focus is on the quantification of the uncertainty, reliability analyis and simulation techniques as well associated concepts for code-compliant verification and design. The methods shown in the module have a general applicability, which is demonstrated by examples and practical applications.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will understand the importance of Risk Analysis in Engineering

    Students will learn how to quantify the effect of uncertainty by means analytical and simulation methods.

    Student will understand how risk and uncertainty can be managed effectively

    ​Students will acquire knowledge of the theoretical elements of risk and uncertainty

  • Rotorcraft Flight (AERO314)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The aim of the "rotorcraft flight" module is to provide students with a firm grasp and understanding of the principles of rotorcraft flight mechanics through lectures and through lectures and reading, enabling them to solve a range of problems relating to helicoptetr performance and dynamics.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following discipline-specific practical skills:

    Ability to carry out correct

    1. Momentum-theory based performance analysis;
    2. Hover, axial and forward flight anaylses;
    3. Rotor dynamic analysis;
    4. Blade element modelling.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:

    1. use a variety of analysis methods (e.g.momentum theory, blade element method, linear stability theory,eigenvalues/vectors, response solutions, analytic approximations) to explore,and evaluate helicopter flight mechanics.
    2. analyse aerodynamic and dynamic behaviour of helicopter rotor blades.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

    1. the context in which helicopters are operated (both civil and military)
    2. the limitations in their operational capability in terms of fundamental aerodynamic and dynamic characteristics
    3. helicopter flight mechanics in terms of the ability to trim the aircraft in a range of flight conditions, analyse the stability of flight and the response to controls and atmospheric disturbances
  • Avionic Systems Design (AERO350)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with the experience of solving a design problem within the scope of a typical avionic system. The module aims to provide the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and creative skills to design and evaluate a practical design solution to meet a given requirement and to further develop their team-working and presentation skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate

    • a detailed knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of avionic system design, particularly of their design project.
    • an appreciation of the relationship between the results of computer based analysis and practical measurements.​

    ​​On successful completion of the module, students should have developed

    • the ability to apply technical knowledge and understanding to create a practical engineering design solution
    • the ability to use some example computer based design tools and critically assess their value and limitations.
    • the ability to interpret simulation results in order to compare performance against a given requirement.​
  • Programming for Engineers 2 (ENGG387)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​The basic aim is to extend the students’ knowledge and understanding of the Matlab computer programming language and of some more advanced topics of Numerical Analysis. On the language front, extended data types such as “structures” will be introduced. Participants will be introduced to Simulink and shown how this can be used to simulate dynamical systems in Matlab. The numerical solution of ordinary differential equations will be re-visited, and some useful techniques for dealing with linear systems will be introduced based around Matlab''s "state-space" and "transfer-function" tools. All this will enable those successfully completing the module to write programmes to help design and analyse more complex systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Reading and following instructions. Computer programming. Working with more detailed formal specification; converting engineering problem descriptions and mathematics to computer code; developing well-structured computer code; Interpreting numerical results; identifying coding errors, building simulation models of dynamical systems.

    ​* Writing computer programs in Matlab
    * Working with a specification
    * Translating engineering analysis and design problems into computer code
    * Finding numerical solutions
    * Interpreting the output from computer programs

    ​The module will help students to develop their ability to interpret a set of requirements for a piece of computer code, and to determine how to go about meeting those requirements; it will help them to deepen their understanding of the theory behind selected techniques from numerical analysis; they will gain the ability to develop well-structured code in a systematic, logical manner; they will learn to apply their newly acquired programming skills to other engineering modules.

    ​Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of the Matlab language and of techniques for dealing with, for example, higher order linear and non-linear dynamical systems and simple but important distributed-parameter systems relating to heat transfer and vibration.

Programme Year Four

 

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Aerospace Capstone Group Design Project (AERO420)
    LevelM
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop a detailed understanding of the nature of the design process in Aerospace Engineeing.

    To integrate technical insight into Aerospace configurational design.

     

    To be able to select and use the appropriate tools for the detail design of selected aircraft components.

    To appreciate the importance of teamwork and group activity to achieve a complete engineering objective.

    To stimulate awareness of the marketing, costing and business dimension in the Aerospace project.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to select and be competent in the use of appropriate conceptual design tools​ and techniques in an aerospace context

    Students will be able to plan and conduct an experimental flight test and present the analysis of  their results ​in an appropriate manner

    Students will demonstrate understanding of and be able to show that they have had to make some of the trade-offs that have to be made to come to a realisable and saleable aircraft design​

    Students will be able to select and be competent in the use of appropriate detail design tools and techniques in an aerospace context​

  • Flight Handling Qualities (AERO405)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim is to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to understand fundamental aircraft handling qualities and related ''whole aircraft'' problems in Industry.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate knowledge of ​a range of different handling qualities requirements for different classes of aircraft and different missions (e.g. ADS-33E, MIL STD 1797)

    ​Students will be able to produce the relevant predicted handling qualities criteria for their aircraft

    The ability to design mission trask elements for use in piloted​ simulation trials

    ​Use of appropriate ratings scales and performance metrics to determine the assigned HQs of an aircraft

  • Advanced Aerodynamics (AERO416)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To help the studentsdevelop the ability to analyse and compute the aerodynamiccharacteristics of an aircraft configuration.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will have the abilityto estimate 3D andnon-linear aerodynamic effects.

    Students will have the abilityto assess and analyse anaircraft''s aerodynamic performance.

    Students will have the abilityto use ESDUdatasheets and engineering tools (such as Matlab), and gain experience in wind tunnel testing.

    ​Students will work as a team to complete a project.

  • Advanced Aerostructural Analyses (AERO417)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    ​To build upon the structural analysis methods covered in the previous three years of the course to enable static and dynamic analyses of simple structrues with aerostrcutures in sight.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will gain new knowledge of dynamic theory of rods, shafts and beams

    ​Students will achieve enhanced understanding of aerodynamics and structural analysis

    ​Students will gain new knowledge of the finite element method in a dynamic context

    ​Students will learn to carry out static and dynamci analyses of simple structures using a computer software package

  • Aeroelasticity (AERO415)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To build upon the structural analysis methods and aerodynamics covered in the previous three years of the programme to enable static and dynamic aeroelastic analysis of low-degree-of-freedom systems by analytical and numerical methods

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will gain new knowledge of static and dynamic aeroelasticity

    ​​Students will achieve enhanced understanding of aerodynamics and structural analysis

    ​Students will be more confident in analysis to solve engineering problems

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Advanced Guidance Systems (AERO430)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of the use of advanced guidance laws in autonomous air systems, including the interactions of airframe dynamics, sensors and control surfaces.

    To understand the use of the Kalman and Extended Kalman filters in aerospace systems.

    Learning Outcomes
  • Risk and Uncertainty: Probability Theory (ENGG404)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to provide the students with a rigorous understanding of basic probability theory. It will provide them with the theoretical tools necessary for the modelling and numerical implementation of solutions to problems that involve decision making under uncertainty.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Knowledge & understanding

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

    - Probability theory as the language of uncertainty quantification

    - Mathematical modelling of randomness

    - Estimation and hypothesis testing

    - Fundamentals of Monte Carlo Simulation

    - Basic Bayesian Statistics

    ​Practical skills On completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following discipline-specific practical skills: 
    - Modelling and analysis of uncertainties  - Uncertainty quantification and result interpretation
    - Use of numerical methods and stochastic concepts to solve problems related to the presence of uncertainties in systems 
    - Basic development of computational algorithms

    ​​Intellectual skills

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in:

    - Rigorous understanding of the principles behind a range of approaches, both classical and modern, related to uncertainty quantification
    - Combining probability theory and statistics to tackle diverse problems which involve uncertainties
    - Appraising the issues and the limitations of stochastic concepts and solution methods
    - Solving standard problems via numerical simulation and stochastic approximations

    ​​​Transferable skills

    On completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of key skills in:


    - Methods and tools for uncertainty analysis/quantification
    - Parameter estimation and decision-making
    - Hypothesis testing
    - Interpretation of risk and uncertainty analysis, results and conclusions

  • Structural Optimisation (ENGG414)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    ​To build upon the structural analysis methods covered in the previous twoyears of the course to enable finite element analysis and structuraloptimisation for design.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will grasp the idea of optimisation and learn how to optimise simple structures by analytical and numerical methods

    ​Students will learn some new mathematics and enhance mathematical skills

    ​Students will enhance numerical and programming skills

    ​Students will practise design and technical report writing

  • Advanced 4th Year Research Project (ENGG443)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide an opportunity for the student to:

    • Apply engineering knowledge, initiative, enthusiasm, etc to plan, carry out and control an open-ended project in a topic of their choice
    • Enhance their communication skills: writing research papers, giving oral presentations and presenting a poster
    • Experience a major task similar to those of working as a professional engineer in an industrial or research organisation
    Learning Outcomes
  • Advanced Mathematical Methods (MATH492)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To give an introduction to the techniques of vector and tensor calculus and to the study and solution of the partial differential equations which arise in engineering.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing this module, the students should be familiar with the use of grad, div and curl and also the Kronecker delta and Levi-Civita tensor.

    ​They should understand the formulation and applications of Stokes'' Theorem and the Divergence Theorem.

    ​They should be able to classify second-order partial differential equations and solve some standard examples in simple situations.

  • Ic Engines (MECH428)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • To provide an introduction to the different types of Internal Combustion (IC) engines.
    • To present the engineering science background behind the operation of IC engines.
    • To present the principles to assess the performance of an IC engine.
    • To present the thermodynamic and fluid-mechanical analysis of different processes involved in IC engines.

    Learning Outcomes
  • Enterprise Studies (MNGT414)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • To introduce the student to various aspects of entrepreneurial activity
    • To develop a knowledge and understanding of enterprise related concepts, legislation and current development tools.
    • To stimulate an appreciation of modern enterprise challenges and the importance of entrepreneurial activity in relation to organisational success.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of enterprise activities (Marketing, Management of Technology, Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, Legislation, Ethics).

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory on technology assessment and competitive positioning.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationships between innovation, technology and commercial viability.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main differences between general management and enterprise processes.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of business planning and financing new business start-ups.


    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the modern approach to innovation management and professional ethics.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to describing and explaining the concepts and processes in the syllabus.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to analysing technology opportunity and value propositions.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to preparing of business plans.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to dealing with ambiguity.

  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics (ENGG419)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    ​To introduce students to:

    -- the mathematical description of fluid kinematics.

    -- the physical laws expressed by the equations of fluid motion.

    -- the assumptions associated with particular limits of the equations of fluid motion.

    -- simple exact solutions of the equations of motion.

    -- the mathematical nature of different classes of partial differential equations and the implications for their numerical solution.

    -- the concept of scientific computing and its basic elements: solution of linear and nonlinear systems, eigenvalue problems, differentiation and integration.

    -- the differences between laminar and turbulent flow. 

    -- the origins of laminar-turbulent flow transition

    -- the physics of turbulence

    -- the need for turbulence modelling and fundamental concepts of turbulence modeling.

    To make students aware of the capabilities and weaknesses of CFD.
    To develop skills in choosing appropriate levels of CFD analysis for a specific problem.


    To enable students to solve simple fluid mechanics problems in Matlab and analyze the results.
     To develop skills in using a CFD package, including meshing and setting up a simulation.  To enable students to solve laminar and turbulent flow examples using a CFD package and analyze the results.
     
    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of practical skills in using appropriate modelling and analytical methods to solve advanced fluid mechanics problems

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the kinematic description of fluid motion.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of thedifferent limits of the equations of fluid motion.

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of dimensionless numbers arising in fluid flow motion, and of the process of non-dimensionalization of the equations.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to derive exact steady laminar flow solutions under a variety of approximations and boundary conditions.

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts of inviscid flow and the boundary layer

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of (basic) elements of scientific computing.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to solve simple elliptic and parabolic equations, arising as limiting cases of the equations of motion, using Matlab (R).

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to use both self-programmed and open source CFD packages to solve 2D and 3D flow problems for incompressible, transonic or supersonic steady or unsteady flow.

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

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We offer an engineering education distinctive in the way students engage actively, through the design and make activities, with their learning process. Our degree programmes encompass the development of a holistic, systems approach to engineering. Technical knowledge and skills are complemented by a sound appreciation of the life-cycle processes involved in engineering and an awareness of the ethical, safety, environmental, economic and social considerations involved in practicing as a professional engineer. The School also houses the Engineering and Materials Education Research Group, which advises all UK teachers about innovations in engineering education.