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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: H300
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Not accepted without grade B in A Level Mathematics
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Module details

Programme Year One

LAB COATS - Students will generally be required to wear a lab coat for all Engineering laboratory sessions. Students my 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.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mechanical Product Dissection (MECH109)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide engineering workshop practice experience

    To introduce key topics in mechanical design, materials science and manufacturing processes

    To provide experience in team-working and engineering communication

    Learning Outcomes
  • 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

  • Mechanical Engineering Design A (MECH113)
    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 immediatly relate the material being taught, bo, both within and without this module, to a practic​This module aims to provide students with an interesting and engaging project that will help them to immediatly relate the material being taught, bo, 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 understanding of the preliminary design processes

    2 Will introduce students to formal engineering drawing and visualisation

    3 Will expose the 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 successfully 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 student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering analysis software including the ability to produce x-y plots and create simple functions

  • 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

  • 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.​

  • 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.

  • 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.

Programme Year Two

SAFETY BOOTS – Students undertaking Mechanical 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

  • Aeroengines (AERO213)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    ​To develop an overall understanding of how an aeroengine works and their signifiance.

    To develop the ability to conduct a realistic analysis of a simplified gas turbine or jet engine.

    To develop an overall understanding of how turbomachinery blading in an aeroengine works. 

    To develop the ability to conduct a realistic analysis of a simplified axial flow compressor or turbine.

    To conduct a realistic analysis of a convergent-divergent nozzle.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Obtain knowledge and understanding of the main components of gas turbines/jet engines.

    ​Be able to calculate the flow through converging/diverging nozzle.

    ​Obtain understanding of compressible flow and how shock waves are formed.

    ​Have the ability to perform thermodynamic cycle calculations for a variety of engine types.

    ​Be able to calculate the performance and efficiencies of an engine and its components.

    ​Be able to analyse compressors and turbines. 

    ​Be able to apply and interpret dimensional analysis for turbomachinery.

    ​Be able to conduct a basic design analysis for axial flow turbomachinery.

  • Experimental Methods (ENGG201)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aims of this course are to introduce students to the essentials of data analysis and interpretation, engineering experimentation, measurement techniques and principles of instrumentation. This course will particularly focus on:

    • how to design experiments and how to analyse experimental data.
    • the general characteristics of measurement system.
    • determining the validity of test equipment.
    • measurement of solid and fluid mechanical quantitie.

    This course will be relevant to, and complement Year 2 labs.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Knowledge and understanding of the general characteristics of measurement systems and the validity of measurements

    ​Knowledge and understanding  of the  measurement of solid mechanical quantities

    Knowledge and understanding of the measurement of fluid mechanical quantities​

    ​Knowledge and understanding of the use of appropriate statistical methods for analysis of experimental data

    ​Be able to plan and design experiments

  • 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​.

  • Materials Processing and Selection I (MATS214)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop an overview of the main techniques and technology associated with the mechanical- and thermal-processing of metallic materials.

    Learning Outcomes

    Know and understand what metals  processing techniques and technologies are used in metals industries

    ​appreciate how and why mechanical and thermal processing affects microstructure and materials mechanical properties

    ​be able to solve simple problems related to  heating, cooling and melting/solidification of materials, but calculation and estimation.

    ​to understand how manuf​to understand how manufacturing processes and materials are selected in the context of the processing of metals and alloys

  • Design 2 (MECH212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to teach the fundamantals of the ''Total Design'' process within a group based engineering design project.

    Learning Outcomes
  • 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.

  • Thermodynamics (MECH217)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The purpose of this module is to first provide the student with a grounding in basic power cycles and their thermodynamic analysis (steam, gas turbine and reciprocating IC engine), before moving on to more advanced and modern power plant, as well as refrigeration and heat pump plant.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will be able to analyse common steam power generation cycles

    ​Students will be able to analyse internal combustion engine cycles including gas turbines, spark ignition and compression ignition engines

    ​Students will be able to analyse refrigeration and heat pump cycles

    ​Students will be able to analyse combined heat and power cycles and will have an appreciation of their importance in reducing CO2 emissions

  • 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

Programme Year Three

 

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Finite Elements (ENGG302)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
    Aims

    To develop a fundamental understanding of the Finite Element method. 

    To apply the Finite Element methodology to a range of problems, spanning mechanical and civil engineering.

    To develop skills in interpreting and understanding the physical meaning of finite element results.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​At the end of the module, students should will have a fundamental understanding of the capabilities and limitations of modern Finite Element software.

    ​Students will be able to apply the Finite Element methodology to problems across mechanical and civil engineering.

    Students will be able to critisise and interpret the results provided by Finite Element software.​

    Students will understand the importnace of model validation.

  • 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.

  • Heat Transfer (MECH301)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to give the students a good understanding of the basic mechanisms of heat transfer and to equip them to solve significant engineering problems. They will also learn about different designs of heat exchanger and how to carry out performance/design calculations.

    Learning OutcomesAchieve an understanding of heat transfer mechanisms; specifically conduction, convection and radiation

    ​Understanding the types and working principles of heat exchangers

    ​​Develop an ability to solve steady and transient conduction problems using analytical or numerical methods

    ​Solve convection problems using engineering correlations

    ​Solve steady radiation heat transfer among grey surfaces in enclosures with up to three surfaces​

    ​Determine the most appropriate method of analysing a particular heat exchanger and apply either the LMTD method or the effectiveness-NTU method for heat exchanger thermal analysis​

  • Vibration and Control (MECH303)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To acquaint students with the techniques for analysing vibrational systems having multiple degrees-of-freedom. To teach system design through root locus, and introduce state-space formulation.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of this module, students will be able to understand concepts of frequencies and modes and to derive the equations of motion of multi-degrees-of-freedom systems.

    ​On successful completion of this module, students will be able to solve the equation of motion for multi-degrees-of-freedom systems and find frequencies, displacements, velocities and accelerations.

    ​On successful completion of this module, students will be able to design a simple control system for enhanced stability and desired performance, using root locus and Routh-Hurwitz criterion.

    On successful completion of this module, students will be able to gain basic understanding of modern control theory.

    ​On successful completion of this module, students will be able to enhance their ability to solve differential equations and manipulate vectors and matrices.

  • Solid Mechanics - Structural Failure Modes (MECH307)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims This module aims to equip students with (a) the knowledge to be able to identify the common modes of materials and structural failure in a forensic analysis and (b) the knowledge to consider structural failure as a design criteria in the early stages of the design process.
    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the common causes of engineering failures

    Ability to identify the common modes of materials and structural failure in a forensic analysis

    Ability to apply engineering formulae and data to analyse materials and structural failures

    ​Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of materials failure analysis in the design process in order to prevent premature failure

  • Engineering Fluid Mechanics (MECH326)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To introduce students to the role of viscosity in fluid mechanics, including the no-slip condition and the concept of vorticity.

    To introduce basic principles of laminar and turbulent flow through pipes including definition and evaluation of the Fanning and Darcy friction factors.

    To introduce the concept of a boundary layer, including separation and transition, and basic equations for friction factor in laminar and turbulent flow with zero pressure gradient.

    To outline the calculation of bluff-body drag using drag coefficients with qualitative explanations.

    To introduce potential-flow theory including the concept of irrotationality and the principle of superposition.

    To show how to analyse compressible flow through constant-area ducts accounting for friction or heat transfer and to use the Fanno- and Rayleigh-flow tables.

    To show how to analyse external compressible flow including expansion and compression turns (Prandtl-Meyer exapansions and oblique shock waves).

    Learning Outcomes

    Understanding how important concepts in fluid mechanics, including viscosity of fluids, formation of boundary layers and compressibility of gases, can be used in an engineering application and the prediction of flows in flow machines

    ​Understanding of how closed-form mathematical solutions can be derived for a number of simple flow problems

    ​How the use simplifications to the modelling of the flow problem to derive at simpler mathematical models

    Developing an understanding of the use of empirical expression derived from experimental data in prediction flow characteristics​

  • 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.
  • Mechatronics (MECH316)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims
    1. To develop an appreciation of how microcomputer based control systems can be used in the design and implementation of Electro-Mechanical Engineering systems.

    2. ​​To develop confidence in practical design techniques for microcomputer based Electro-Mechanical systems.

    3. ​To appreciate the capabilities of Mechatronics systems and the accelerating change in performance that such systems offer the system designer.

    Learning Outcomes Knowledge and understanding of a number of key principles, example system components and applications in microcomputer based Electro-Mechanical control systems.

    Ability to formulate and define mechatronic problems and to use taught methodologies to analyse and solve engineering problems.

    ​Ability to describe and explain qualitative aspects.

    Ability to apply quantitative design methods to microcomputer interfacing problems.

    Ability to program and design of microcontrollers programs.

    ​Ability to carry out (supervised) laboratory experiments, using test and measurement equipment and techniques, to collect and record data using safe working procedures.

Year Three Optional Modules

  • 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

  • Lasers in Engineering (ENGG310)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide an overview of the fundamental principles of laser technology including optical principles, key features and attributes of lasers, laser beam properties and the engineering applications context of the material.

    Learning Outcomes

    knowledge and understanding of the nature, properties and attributes of laser light and its propagation

    ​knowledge and understanding of the principles underlying stimulated emission laser light generation

    knowledge and understanding of the operation of low power and some key high power lasers

    ​knowledge and understanding of the basics of key laser beam properties and their control

    ​knowledge and understanding of the engineering context and applications of lasers and the subject material.

  • Biomedical Engineering (MECH305)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    The aims of this course are to develop an understanding of the role of engineering in medicine and biology, with a focus on biomechanics of the cardiovascular system, the eye and hard tissues (bone and teeth). In particular, this course will introduce the students to:
    - the application of the principles of solid and fluid mechanics to the cardiovascular system
    - how the material properties and design influence the performance of replacement heart valves and other mechanical devices in the cardiovascular system
    - how the mechanics of the eye affect its function and the role of ocular biomechanics in dealing with vision loss
    - how the hierarchical structure of bone governs its fracture properties
    - biomimetics and its importance in tissue engineering

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of this course the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between structure, function and material properties in human tissues.

    ​Demonstrate how a number of cardiovascular diseases can be better treated with biomechanical methods.

    ​Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding  of the potential problems of engineered heart valves and other devices in the cardiovascular system

    ​Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the eye as a biomechanical structure and how diseases of the eye can be tackled with engineering approaches, and composition and mechanical properties of contact lenses

    ​Understand the origins of fracture toughness properties in bone.

    ​Understand the hierarchical composite structure of soft and hard tissues and the limitations of applying composite mechanics to natural materials.

    ​Solve problems related to cardiovascular biomechanics with knowledge of fluid mechanics

    ​Select appropriate materials for repair of natural tissues.

  • Cardiovascular Bioengineering (ENGG311)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to provide the students with a knowledge of:

    • Basic physioloogy and anatomy of the components of the circulatory system.
    • How biological tissue structure is related to the physical and mechanical properties of the circulatory system, and how this is realated to function.
    • The role of different biofluids in the human body.
    • The importance of blood flow in relation to health and disease.
    • The basic principles of blood flow in the body.
    • Calculations relating to blood flow in arteries and cardiovascular devices.

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate a knowledge of the role of different biofluids in the human body.

    ​Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of measuring and monitoring blood flow in relation to age and disease and how this is achieved in clinical environments.

    ​Students should be able to both quantitatively and qualitatively describe blood flow within the human body and describe how both internal and external factors can affect blood flow.

    ​Students should demonstrate an understanding of how specific calculations and measurements are used to define blood flow in arteries and cardiovascular devices.

  • 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.

  • Product Development 3 (ENGG320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. ​To teach advanced elements of industrial design.

    2. ​To reinforce the role the industrial designer plays in the development of new or existing products.

    3. To further develop drawing, graphical, presentation and design communication skills to an advanced level. Specifically, to exhibit a systematic understanding of the subject with an ability to deploy established techniques, to devise and sustain arguments and to show an appreciation of ambiguity / uncertainty.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate to advanced level knowledge and understanding of the processes of designing within the context of Industrial Design including drawing, graphical, presentation and design communication skills.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate to advanced level a working knowledge and understanding of designing for manufactuing processes both at prototype stage and for production.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying the above topics to their design work at an advanced level.

  • Additive Manufacturing (MNFG308)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
    • To provide an overview on the role of additive manufacturing in new product development.
    • To develop a generic understanding on the priniciples and the complete process chain of additive manufacturing processes.
    • To provide an awareness on recent developments in additive manufacturing and associated technologies.
    Learning Outcomes
  • 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

  • Smart Materials (MATS315)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    AimsTo develop an understanding of the properties and limitations of a range of ‘smart materials’, leading to an appreciation of how these can be exploited for a wide range of engineering applications. To develop an appreciation of state-of-the-art and future materials, devices and processing technology associated with smart materials.
    Learning Outcomes

    Ability to identify and select smart materials as sensors and actuators based on key performance indicators such as responsivity, detectivity and range.  

    ​Appreciate the opportunities and limitations of different smart materials and to be able to apply this knowledge to the selection of a suitable material for a particular application.

    ​A working knowledge of the current applications of smart materials and an appreciation of the opportunities that exist for future technological developments based on these.

    ​A working knowledge of the underlying physics responsible for the behaviour of various smart materials

  • 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.

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


Teaching and Learning

We are leading the UK’s involvement in the international ‘Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate’ (www.cdio.org) initiative – an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers – providing students with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of conceiving, designing, implementing and operating real world systems and products. Students will benefit from this involvement and become ‘industry-ready’ graduates.

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.