Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: H301
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • 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 will be provided with a lab coat during these sessions

Creo – In week 7 of the second semester students take a week long course in Creo

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Electrical Circuits for Engineers (ELEC121)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide students with a basic understanding and analysis of electrical circuits and theory. To introduce students to basic semiconductor devices and circuits involving diodes and transistors. To provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of the principles and construction of DC and AC machines, transformers and linear actuators.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understanding the electrical behaviour of basic passive and active electrical circuit components

    (LO2) To understand and apply fundamental circuit analysis to solve circuit problems

    (LO3) To understand how the physical laws of electromagnetism and mechanics apply to practical motors, transformers and actuators.

    (LO4) Demonstrate a basic understanding of those factors that determine the performance of electrical motors, transformers and simple electro-mechanical actuators

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Teamwork

  • Electromechanical Systems (ENGG121)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To introduce mathematical modelling terminology and concepts. To develop an appreciation of how mathematical modelling can be used to describe different types of systems. To develop confidence in simulation of simple electromechanical systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To understand the formulation and definition of mathematical models

    (LO2) To develop an understanding of graph theory used for modelling

    (LO3) To be able to simulate basic dynamical models using the Simulink package

    (LO4) To model simple electromechanical systems using block diagrams

    (LO5) To analyse dynamical response of simple dynamical systems.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) IT skills

  • Fluid Mechanics (ENGG113)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst 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

    (LO1) Be able to show experience and enhancement of discipline-specific practical skills in using appropriate modelling and analytical methods to solve fluid mechanics problems.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of using dimensional analysis to undertake scale-model testing and ensure conditions of dynamic similarity

    (LO4) Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of hydrostatics and applications to manometry

    (LO5) Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concept of mass conservation and the the continuity equation applied to one-dimensional flows.

    (LO6) Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Bernoulli''s equation as applied to internal and external flow problems.

    (S1) Be able to analyse and interpret data.

    (S2) in using appropriate modelling/analytical methods;

    (S3) in carrying out laboratory experiments, using test and measurement equipment, and in collecting data.

    (S4) time management;

    (S5) self-motivation and independent learning;

    (S6) solving problems in hydrostatics and hydrodynamics

    (S7) systematic collecting, sorting, analysing, interpreting and presenting information/data;

  • Introduction to Statistics and Programming for Engineers (ENGG185)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module introduces students to basic concepts and principles of both elementary statistics and programming with emphasis on: - Basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including data analysis, visualisation, confidence intervals, discrimination tests, and regressions - The fundamental concepts of modelling natural and engineered systems and create familiarity with the major empirical and theoretical activities in quantitative work, such as data collection, descriptive and inferential statistics, modelling, and analysis - The fundamental concepts of computer programming - Building awareness of the variety of commercial and open-source software tools and computer programming languages widely used in engineering and their respective uses, advantages and limitations - Building confidence and competence in making informed choices about a programming language suitable for their specialisation in engineering

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand modern quantitative approaches in engineering

    (LO2) Understand the fundamental concepts of modelling related to data and statistics

    (LO3) Understand the fundamental concepts of programming

    (LO4) Demonstrate awareness of the variety of commercial and open-source software tools and computer programming languages 

    (LO5) Demonstrate making informed choices about a programming language suitable for their specialisation in engineering

    (LO6) Experience computer programming

    (S1) Problem Solving

    (S2) Information Technology (Application of)

    (S3) Communication

  • 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

    (LO1) gain an appreciation of how materials are selected and specified in industry

    (LO2) gain an appreciation of materials failure processes

    (LO3) gain knowledge and understanding of the relationships between materials properties, the microstructure, processing, and mechanical and thermal treatments.

    (LO4) gain knowledge and understanding of the main principles and experimental practice of mechanical testing of materials in engineering

    (S1) analytic and problem solving skills

    (S2) laboratory skills

    (S3) recording and presenting data, and graph plotting; technical reporting skills

  • 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

    (LO1) 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

  • Engineering Mathematics (MATH198)
    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

    (LO1) • differentiate using the chain, product and quotient rules;

    (LO2)  sketch the graphs of elementary and rational functions;

    (LO3) integrate using list integrals, substitution and integration by parts with applications to simple geometrical problems;

    (LO4)  understand the basic properties of three dimensional vectors and apply them to elementary geometrical problems;

    (LO5)  understand the algebra of complex numbers in Cartesian and polar forms and their application to multiplication, division and roots.

    (LO6)  solve elementary first and second order differential equations with and without initial conditions and make simple mechanical applications;

    (LO7)  evaluate simple Laplace transforms and their inverses using tables with application to initial value problems;

    (LO8)  understand the graphical representation of functions of two variables;

    (LO9) find partial derivatives and use to locate and classify the stationary points of a function of two variables

  • 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 immediately relate the material being taught, both within and without this module, to a practice.

    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 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

    (LO1) The student will be able to communicate their ideas using the principles of engineering drawing standards

    (LO2) The student will be able to successfully complete the preliminary design exercise of an engineering project by working in a small group

    (LO3) The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of and a proficiency in technical writing and the presentation of data

    (LO4) 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

    (S1) Team (group) working respecting others, cooperating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S3) Positive attitude/ selfconfidence A 'cando' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

    (S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S5) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy including listening and questioning Mapping

  • Mechanical Engineering Design B (MECH114)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:90
    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 understanding of the detail design and manufacturing process
    2. Will introduce students to industry standard computer aided engineering drawing tools and practice
    3. Will enable students to develop report writing and oral presentation skills
    4. Will provide students with a basic understanding of engineering components and mechanisms
    5. Will embody an approach to learning that will engage the students for the remainder of their lives

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The student will be able to identify common engineering components/mechanisms and understand how they function

    (LO2) The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate their engineering design ideas using a computer-aided design package to a proficient level

    (LO3) The student will be able to prepare and present technical information and data in written and oral form to a proficient level

    (LO4) The student will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the design process through the manufacture and testing of an engineering product

    (S1) Learning skills online studying and learning in technology rich environments, formal and informal

    (S2) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

    (S3) Problem solving/critical thinking/creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions

    (S4) Positive attitude/self-confidence, a 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute, openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

    (S5) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formula)

    (S6) Team (group) working, respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, awareness and services

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

    To provide students with some practical workshop experience and enable them to work in teams and appreciate the different team roles that contribute to effective team-working.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of internal combustion engine function and design, and component manufacture and assembly

    (LO2) Demonstrate basic workshop skills involved in the disassembly of a single-cylinder, 4-stroke petrol engine

    (LO3) Ability to work in a team

    (LO4) Ability to communicate technical information as a wiki website

  • Solids and Structures 1 (ENGG110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    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

    (LO1) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of static equilibrium of structural systems

    (LO2) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how structures sustain loads without failing

    (LO3) Ability to analyse stress and strain in basic structural members as a means to designing safer structures

    (LO4) Ability to size basic structural members for given limiting stress criteria in a design context

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Lifelong learning skills

  • Thermodynamics I (ENGG112)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond 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

    (LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of discipline-specific practical skills in using appropriate modelling and analytical methods to solve thermodynamics problems.

    (LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of discipline-specific practical skills in carrying out Level 1 practical exercises in Thermodynamics following instruction, using test and measurement equipment and techniques,collecting and recording data, estimating accuracy, assessing errors, and using safe systems of work.

    (LO3) An understanding of the everyday implications of the laws of thermodynamics and an ability to communicate these implications to a lay audience.

    (LO4) An appreciation of the relationship between classical and statistical thermodynamics.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) IT skills

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 significance. 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

    (LO1) Obtain knowledge and understanding of the main components of gas turbines/jet engines.

    (LO2) Be able to calculate the flow through converging/diverging nozzle.

    (LO3) Obtain understanding of compressible flow and how shock waves are formed.

    (LO4) Have the ability to perform thermodynamic cycle calculations for a variety of engine types.

    (LO5) Be able to calculate the performance and efficiencies of an engine and its components.

    (LO6) Be able to analyse compressors and turbines.

    (LO7) Be able to apply and interpret dimensional analysis for turbomachinery.

    (LO8) Be able to conduct a basic design analysis for axial flow turbomachinery.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S3) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

    (S4) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

  • 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

    (LO1) Students will be able to model, solve and interpret first- and second-order systems problems in mechanical, electrical and aerospace engineering.

    (LO2) Students will understand the resonance phenomenon and will be able to take it into account when designing a dynamical system.

    (LO3) Students will be able to analyse or design closed-loop dynamical systems.

    (LO4) The students will know how to control the dynamics of a system by proposing and calibrating a suitable controller at elementary level.

    (LO5) Students will be able to carry out suitable experiments to analyse and identify second-order mechanical systems.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

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

    To teach the fundamentals of Engineering Product Design according to the Total Design methodology;

    To engage students in a group project to design an innovative engineering product;

    To develop students' team-working, communication, project management and problem-solving skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
    -Product development processes – particularly “Total Design”
    -Management of Engineering Design
    -Tools and techniques employed in engineering design
    -3D Computer Aided Design in Creo
    -Materials and manufacturing process selection using Cambridge Engineering Selector software
    -Design for Manufacture, Assembly and Sustainability
    -Record keeping and meeting administration

    (S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the development of the following professional skills:
    - Group working
    - Project planning & management
    - Creative solution of open-ended problems
    - Written, graphical & verbal communication
    - Record keeping & meeting administration

    (S2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the development of the following design skills:
    - Analysis of market and technical state-of-the-art to identify innovation opportunity
    - Preparation of Product Design Specification
    - Creative concept design through group brainstorming
    - Formal approaches to Concept Variant Analysis
    - Detailed design & embodiment in 3D CAD (Creo)
    - Materials and manufacturing selection using CES
    - Specification and sourcing of standard engineering components
    - Preparation of 2D technical drawings
    - Preparation of formal design review documents

  • 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

    (LO1) A good knowledge of matrices and their use to solve systems of linear equations.

    (LO2)  An understanding of how to find eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

    (LO3) A good knowledge of multi-variable calculus.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and understanding of the general characteristics of measurement systems and the validity of measurements

    (LO2) Knowledge and understanding  of the  measurement of solid mechanical quantities

    (LO3) Knowledge and understanding of the measurement of fluid mechanical quantities

    (LO4) Knowledge and understanding of  the use of appropriate statistical methods for analysis of experimental data

    (LO5) Be able to plan and design experiments

    (S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

    (S2) Numeracy/computational skills - Numerical methods

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S4) Planning and designing experiments

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) to become familiar with the main manufacturing processes and materials used in industry with an emphasis primarily on the processing of metals and alloys, and to be able to select the appropriate process and material suitable for an application

    (LO2) to appreciate how and why mechanical and thermal processing affects microstructure and materials mechanical properties

    (LO3) be able to solve simple quantitative problems related to forming, thermal processing and melting/solidification of metals, by calculation and estimation.

    (S1) analytic and problem-solving skills

    (S2) Laboratory and practical skills

  • Materials Processing and Selection II (MATS210)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To understand the processing, microstructure and mechanical properties of ceramics and polymers.

    To investigate the manufacturing techniques commonly used to produce composite structures and understand the properties of composite materials.

    To understand materials performance indices and apply materials selection charts and software.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and understanding of processing techniques, microstructures and mechanical properties of ceramics

    (LO2) Knowledge and understanding of processing techniques, microstructures and mechanical properties of polymers

    (LO3) Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing techniques and properties of composite materials

    (LO4) Knowledge and understanding of materials performance indices and materials selection using materials properties charts

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

    The intention is that anyone successfully completing the module will be at a point where they are sufficiently familiar and comfortable with the basics of the MATLAB language to be able to write their own simple programs to deal with the type of problems they are likely to encounter in other modules and in engineering practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Gain knowledge of basic procedural programming concepts.

    (LO2) Become proficient in the use of MATLAB.

    (LO3) Enhance problem solving skills.

    (LO4) Gain experience in solving engineering problems using a software tool.

    (S1) IT skills

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

  • Project Management (MNGT202)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To teach students the fundamentals of practical project management required in later university study and in professional engineering careers;

    To provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of professional and project management skills through group project work.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical project management including:
    - situational analysis
    - formulation of objectives
    - work programme planning
    - work programme scheduling
    - understanding and use of critical path

    (LO2) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical risk management including:
    - identification of risks to project completion
    - quantification of risk severity
    - risk analysis and mitigation / contingency planning

    (LO3) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical cost management including:
    - understanding and analysis of direct and indirect costs
    - calculation of key costs such as labour and depreciation of capital
    - understanding and analysis of cost behaviour over time
    - understanding and calculation of overheads and overhead absorption rates
    - cost analysis as a decision making tool (eg special order costing)

    (S1) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their development of group work and communications skills

    (S2) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their development of meeting management and record keeping skills

    (S3) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate that they can deliver project outputs to a hard deadline

    (S4) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their ability to use MS Project software as a management tool.

  • 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

    (LO1) Knowledge and understanding of solid mechanics principles applied to engineering structures such as beams, columns and pin-jointed frames;

    (LO2) Awareness about the types of behaviour of simple elastic structural systems;

    (LO3) Ability to predict the behaviour and failure (instability) of simple elastic structural systems;

    (LO4) Ability to determine the stresses in nonsymmetric thin-walled sections;

    (LO5) Appreciation of the importance of boundary conditions

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Experimental work, data collection and analysis

  • 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

    (LO1) Students will be able to analyse common steam power generation cycles

    (LO2) Students will be able to analyse internal combustion engine cycles including gas turbines, spark ignition and compression ignition engines

    (LO3) Students will be able to analyse refrigeration and heat pump cycles

    (LO4) Students will be able to analyse combined heat and power cycles and will have an appreciation of their importance in reducing CO2 emissions

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Communication skills

Programme Year Three

 

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: in descriptive writing in qualitative and quantitative analysis and problem-solving

    (S2) On completion of the module, students should have gained the following practical skills: Management awareness. Strategy development based on case studies including proposals for improvement.

  • 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 irrationality 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 expansions and oblique shock waves).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) Understanding of how closed-form mathematical solutions can be derived for a number of simple flow problems

    (LO3) How the use simplifications to the modelling of the flow problem to derive at simpler mathematical models

    (LO4) Developing an understanding of the use of empirical expression derived from experimental data in prediction flow characteristics

    (S1) Principles of problem solving and working to an appropriate number of significant figures

    (S2) Ability to interpolate within tabulated data

    (S3) Ability to interpret a word version of an engineering problem and solve using engineering science principles

  • Mechanical Engineering Capstone 1 (MECH327)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with the opportunity to work in a group, to apply their theoretical learning and practical skills in the design-build-test of an innovative engineering product or system. The projects offered are either industry-led addressing real world challenges; or are built around international sporting competitions.

    To work with the careers and Employability Service throughout the module to help students reflect on, record in CV, and communicate at interview the professional development.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) In this module students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of:
    - Product and systems design
    - Design for manufacture, assembly, cost and sustainability
    - Project management
    - Materials science
    - Manufacturing technology
    - Mechatronics
    - 3D CAD modelling
    - Computer modelling and simulation

    (S1) In this module students will develop and evidence the following professional skills:
    - Teamwork
    - Formal communications (written, verbal, graphical)
    - Technical record keeping
    - Informal communications (collaboration, negotiation, argument)
    - Project Planning and Management
    - Professional reporting and presentation of progress
    - Reflection on their own and peer performance

    (S2) In this module students will develop and evidence the following technical skills:
    - Product and systems design
    - Design for manufacture, assembly, cost and sustainability
    - Materials science and selection
    - Manufacturing technology and process selection
    - Mechatronics
    - 3D CAD modelling
    - Computer modelling and simulation

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Achieve an understanding of heat transfer mechanisms; specifically conduction, convection and radiation

    (LO2) Understanding the types and working principles of heat exchangers

    (LO3) Develop an ability to solve steady and transient conduction problems using analytical or numerical methods

    (LO4) Solve convection problems using engineering correlations

    (LO5) Solve steady radiation heat transfer among grey surfaces in enclosures with up to three surfaces

    (LO6) 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

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (S1) On successful completion of the project, students should be able to show experience and enhancement in the following key skills:Written communication (technical reporting)Oral presentationInterpersonal skills from interacting with supervisor and other research staffDefining and specifying a technical problemInformation gathering and scientific literature reviewProject planning and managementRisk analysisIndependent working, self-dicipline, self-motivation

  • 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

    (LO1) At the end of the module, students should will have a fundamental understanding of the capabilities and limitations of modern Finite Element software.

    (LO2) Students will be able to apply the Finite Element methodology to problems across mechanical and civil engineering.

    (LO3) Students will be able to critisise and interpret the results provided by Finite Element software.

    (LO4) Students will understand the importnace of model validation.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) IT skills

  • 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

    (LO1) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the common causes of engineering failures

    (LO2) Ability to identify the common modes of materials and structural failure in a forensic analysis

    (LO3) Ability to apply engineering formulae and data to analyse materials and structural failures

    (LO4) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of materials failure analysis in the design process in order to prevent premature failure

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Lifelong learning skills

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) On successful completion of this module, students will be able to gain basic understanding of modern control theory.

    (LO5) On successful completion of this module, students will be able to enhance their ability to solve differential equations and manipulate vectors and matrices.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) There is no laboratory work associated with this course of lectures. The learning outcomes are of an intellectual journey in problem-solving, rather than a practical nature.

    (S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to: Calculating natural frequencies and normal modes of vibration precisely and approximately Analysing SISO systems subject to typical specifications on error, stability and performance Designing simple control systems.

    (S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The vibration theory behind multi-degree-of-freedom systems Dynamic response to initial excitation or persistent harmonic loads widely-used methods in classical control theory.

Year Three Optional Modules

  • 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 principles and the complete process chain of additive manufacturing processes. To provide an awareness on recent developments in additive manufacturing and associated technologies.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and Understanding On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: · the scientific principles of additive manufacturing technology. · the generic software for slicing operations. · the niche role of additive manufacturing technology in rapid product development. · Analysis and evaluation of AM processes.   Intellectual Abilities On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to: · selecting an appropriate additive manufacturing process for a particular need based on technical, economic, quality and time considerations.  Practical Skills N/A General Transferable Skills On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: written report writing. Ability to work in a team Ability to deliver work to a deadline

    (S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: written report writing. Ability to work in a team Ability to deliver work to a deadline

    (S2) N/A

    (S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to: ·      selecting an appropriate additive manufacturing process for a particular need based on technical, economic, quality and time considerations.  

    (S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: ·     the scientific principles of additive manufacturing technology. ·     the generic software for slicing operations. ·     the niche role of additive manufacturing technology in rapid product development. ·     Analysis and evaluation of AM processes.

  • Advanced Engineering Materials (MATS301)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To 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

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) Knowledge of fibres, matrices and fabric types used in composites

    (LO3) Understanding of manufacturing processes, test methods and NDT techniques used for composites

    (LO4) Ability of calculating the mechanical properties of composites using micromechanics and Classical Laminate Theory

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Demonstrate how a number of cardiovascular diseases can be better treated with biomechanical methods.

    (LO3) Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding  of the potential problems of engineered heart valves and other devices in the cardiovascular system

    (LO4) 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

    (LO5) Understand the origins of fracture toughness properties in bone.

    (LO6) Understand the hierarchical composite structure of soft and hard tissues and the limitations of applying composite mechanics to natural materials.

    (LO7) Solve problems related to cardiovascular biomechanics with knowledge of fluid mechanics

    (LO8) Select appropriate materials for repair of natural tissues.

    (S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
    - Independent learning
    - Group discussions
    - Problem solving
    - Analysing scientific literature
    - Report writing.

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

  • Managing Product Development (MNGT205)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop knowledge and understanding of the main concepts of the subject and the main models used.

    To develop analytical skills in applying the concepts and models to real-life examples.

    To stimulate an appreciation of the special challenges of managing new product development and the importance of this function to organisational success.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature and importance of technological innovation in commercial organisations with particular reference to new product and service development.

    (LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of processes in New Product Development.

    (LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of management and organisational aspects of innovation.

    (LO4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how organisations attract and use creative people.

    (LO5) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to describing and explaining qualitative aspects of innovation.

    (LO6) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to applying the principles and methodologies of New Product Development to examples of products, market sectors and companies.

    (LO7) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of an appreciation of industries and organisations where Product Development occurs.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

    (S4) Commercial awareness - Ability to analyse/balance risk and reward

    (S5) Commercial awareness - Relevant economic/political understanding

  • 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 analys is 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

    (LO1) Students will understand the importance of Risk Analysis in Engineering

    (LO2) Students will learn how to quantify the effect of uncertainty by means analytical and simulation methods.

    (LO3) Student will understand how risk and uncertainty can be managed effectively

    (LO4) Students will acquire knowledge of the theoretical elements of risk and uncertainty

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Communication skills

Programme Year Four

 

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • 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

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the kinematic description of fluid motion.

    (LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different limits of the equations of fluid motion.

    (LO4) 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.

    (LO5) 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.

    (LO6) 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

    (LO7) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of (basic) elements of scientific computing.

    (LO8) 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).

    (LO9) 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.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S5) Digital scholarship participating in emerging academic, professional and research practices that depend on digital systems

  • Energy and the Environment (MECH433)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of alternative and conventional energy generation methods.

    To develop detailed knowledge of wind, solar energy capture and nuclear energy.

    To develop skills in quantitative analysis of energy generation methods.

    To develop skills in dealing with complex problems in a systematic manner. To develop ability in independent learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the energy sources, the concept of sustainability, the way energy is generated or harvested and their impact to the natural environment.

    (LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic theory of wind energy, solar energy and nuclear energy.

    (LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in using simple theory to estimate the energy production and associated costs.

    (LO4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in using simple economic model to estimate the viability of the energy scheme and sustainability issues.

    (S1) Problem formulation and analysis

    (S2) Using analytical methods taught in the module, dealing with complex issues in a systematic manner

    (S3) Applying analytical methods to wind, solar power and nuclear energy generation problems; decision making in complex and unpredictable situations

    (S4) Understanding of alternative energy generation methods. Impact of conventional energy generation methods on the environment; quantitative analysis techniques for energy generation methods

  • 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

    (LO1) 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).

    (LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory on technology assessment and competitive positioning.

    (LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationships between innovation, technology and commercial viability.

    (LO4) 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.

    (LO5) 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.

    (LO6) 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.

    (LO7) 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.

    (LO8) 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.

    (LO9) 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.

    (LO10) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to dealing with ambiguity.

    (S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: in descriptive writing in qualitative and quantitative analysis and problem-solving in effective assessment of business opportunities

    (S2) On successful completion of the module, students should have gained the following practical skills: Computer searching for real-time business information, worldwide patents and British Standards Using software to assist with the preparation of a plan for a technology-based business group working project management

  • Mechanical Engineering Capstone 2 (MECH431)
    LevelM
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with the opportunity to work in a group, to apply their theoretical learning and practical skills in the design-build-test of an innovative engineering product or system. The projects offered are either industry-led addressing real world challenges; or are built around international sporting competitions.

    To work with the careers and Employability Service throughout the module to help students reflect on, record in CV, and communicate at interview the professional development.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) In this module students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of:
    - Product and systems design
    - Design for manufacture, assembly, cost and sustainability
    - Project management
    - Materials science
    - Manufacturing technology
    - Mechatronics
    - 3D CAD modelling
    - Computer modelling and simulation

    (S1) In this module students will develop and evidence the following professional skills:
    - Teamwork
    - Formal communications (written, verbal, graphical)
    - Technical record keeping
    - Informal communications (collaboration, negotiation, argument)
    - Project Planning and Management
    - Professional reporting and presentation of progress
    - Reflection on their own and peer performance

    (S2) In this module students will develop and evidence the following technical skills:
    - Product and systems design
    - Design for manufacture, assembly, cost and sustainability
    - Materials science and selection
    - Manufacturing technology and process selection
    - Mechatronics
    - 3D CAD modelling
    - Computer modelling and simulation

  • Structural Integrity (ENGG409)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide an understanding of material failure analysis through case studies drawn from real situations.

    To provide examples of the use of engineering materials in real applications.

    To extend basic knowledge of mechanics of solids.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To understand how the analysis of engineering failures is a vital element of the design process

    (LO2) To understand how engineering failures are related to underlying material properties

    (LO3) To be able to solve fracture and fatigue problems both analytically and numerically

    (LO4) To understand the role of forensic examination in post-accident engineering failure analysis

    (LO5) To be able to correctly apply failure analysis in order to design out possible modes of failure

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving applied to failure mechanics

    (S2) Assessing structural failures to determine their cause

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual)

Year Four Optional Modules

  • 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 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

    (S1) On successful completion of the project, students should be able to show experience and enhancement in the following key skills: Oral presentation Written communication (technical reporting) Inter-active skills (with the supervisor, technicians, etc) Project management Poster/web page design Computing and ITskills (scope-dependent) Self-discipline and self-motivation

    (S2) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to show experience and enhancement in some of the following discipline-specific practical skills (depending on the scope of the project): Using appropriate engineering analysis software and IT tools Carrying out experimental/laboratory/workshop activities with due regard to safety  

    (S3) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to demonstrate ability in several of the following (according to the nature of the project): Managing the project in terms of scope, time and resources Defining/specifying a problem Researching and information-gathering Planning/designing a laboratory experiment using suitable techniques and procedures with due regard to safety Assessing and managing risk Analysing technical problems qualitatively and/or quantitatively Designing a system, component or process based on an outline or detailed specification  

    (S4) On successful completion of the project, the student will have developed a substantial knowledge and understanding of the engineering or engineering-related topic of his/her choice, at least some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of a discipline.  He/she will normally demonstrate this forefront knowledge by providing a review of some recent developments in the subject.  The project will provide the opportunity for the student to develop knowledge and understanding of one or more of the following: relevant scientific principles and mathematical models, the design process, a wide range of engineering materials and components, and some business implications of the technology.

  • Advanced Electron Microscopy of Materials Structures and Processes (MATS403)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of how structure leads to materials properties and function and to teach the students how to identify these links through a set of advanced characterisation methods.   This will connect students in the school of engineering directly with the research driven materials   research program on campus and permit them to directly interact with companies that highly value characterisation methods for their product development (such as Johnson Matthey, Unilever, NSG and others). The contents are oriented towards students developing self-driven observations with opportunities for them to present their laboratory work at national student meetings as well as research symposia.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion ofthis module, students will be able to identity the different structures ofmaterials and to understand how the chemistry of the atoms in the structuresleads to properties.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate aknowledge of key structural defects and why they have a significant effect onthe design of materials for engineering applications

    (LO3) Students will be able toidentify a structure and calculate key parameters from diffraction patterns,images and spectra.

    (LO4) Students will be able tooperate a transmission electron microscope independently and use it as amaterials characterization tool for application development.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S4) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

  • Advanced Mathematical Methods (MATH492)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) They should understand the formulation and applications of Stokes' Theorem and the Divergence Theorem.

    (LO3) They should be able to classify second-order partial differential equations and solve some standard examples in simple situations.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

  • Formulation Engineering (ENGG413)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to provide a multidisciplinary perspective to Formulation Engineering , sitting at the interface of Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science. This will contribute connecting students in the School of Engineering and Chemistry with the MIF facilities, Unilever and other companies. The contents are oriented towards formulations (suspensions, emulsions and foams) with particular emphasis in processing and applied rheology. This will link with the automated and high-troughput make and measure facilities in the MIF.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module students will be able to recall fundamental concepts of complex fluids, formulations and basic rheology.

    (LO2) Students will be able to identify the behaviour of simple formulations and differentiate the fundamental science involved in colloidal suspensions, surfactants, emulsions, gels and foams. They will also become familiar with a wide range of characterisation techniques.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply knowledge in Newtonian and non-Newtonian rheology to everyday formulations.

    (LO4) Students will gain skills and experience in multi-disciplinary research areas relevant to industry and academia (complex fluids and rheology). They will widen their knowledge into new areas that are complementary to their degrees; and will be able to apply new fundamental concepts in a range of applications from food industry, personal care and paints to drug delivery systems and manufacturing.

    (LO5) Students will be able to operate a rheometer; carry out flow and oscillatory rheology tests; measure the properties of different formulations; and to analyse experimental results to identify and assess different behaviours.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S4) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

  • Functional Materials (MATS402)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of the functional properties of materials, leading to the design and fabrication of electronic and sensor devices, with a particular emphasis on micro- and nano-scale fabrication technologies and device materials. To develop an appreciation of state-of-the-art and future materials, devices and processing technology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to identify and select the functional properties of materials including semiconductors, dielectrics and conductors required in device applications

    (LO2) Selection of appropriate manufacturing processes for the deployment of functional materials  in technological devices

    (LO3) A working knowlege of the industrial applications of functional devices in engineering applications, namely microelectronics, optoelectronics and sensing

    (LO4) Understanding of the underlying physical principles responsible for the functional properties of materials

    (LO5) A working knowledge of the underlying physics of a selection of devices where functional materials play a key role in the operation

    (S1) Design and selection of engineering materials and processes

  • Integrated Systems Design (MNFG615)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The primary aim is to gain a practical appreciation of Integrated System Design (ISD) through the design, build and operation of free-standing mobile robots which will perform specific tasks.  This module will give the students an opportunity to work in teams; gain an understanding of what it means to plan and work through a project; work to deadlines; maximise resources; and cope with uncertainty.

    Learning Outcomes

    (S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience in the entire design cycle of an integrated system within a team environment.

    (S2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in using appropriate system design tools and methodologies.

    (S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the ability in: -design a product with an integrated systems approach. -analysis and synthesis of product requirements in a systematic framework.

    (S4) The students will learn a range of skills ranging from vision systems, sensors, control, drive and materials etc.  They will learn disciplines relating to project planning and budget control. They will learn skills relating to integrated system design and engineering implementation.  All of this will provide them with knowledge and skills that will be of benefit during their engineering careers.

  • Laser Materials Processing (MECH605)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide an overview of the interaction of (high power) lasers with materials and their application in a selected range of established industrial processes, including: key features & properties of high power lasers, laser beam deployment, safety in high power laser use; laser process principles & practice for cutting, welding and a selected range of surface treatments.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the principles of operation of established industrial high power laser types.

    (LO2) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the interaction of optical energy with materials.

    (LO3) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the applications of lasers in a selected range of processes.

    (LO4) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the principles of safety in the use of high power lasers in materials processing.

    (S1) Communication skills - ability to write scientific and technical reports

    (S2) Organisational skills - Independent learning, via private study

  • Mechatronics (MECH415)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

    To develop an appreciation of how microcomputer based control systems can be used in the design and implementation of Electro-Mechanical Engineering systems.

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and understanding of a number of key principles, example system components and applications in microcomputer based Electro-Mechanical control systems.

    (LO2) Ability to formulate and define mechatronic problems and to use taught methodologies to analyse and solve engineering problems.

    (LO3) Ability to describe and explain qualitative aspects.

    (LO4) Ability to apply quantitative design methods to microcomputer interfacing problems.

    (LO5) Ability to program and design of microcontrollers programs.

    (LO6) Ability to carry out (supervised) laboratory experiments, using test and measurement equipment and techniques, to collect and record data using safe working procedures.

    (LO7) Ability to critically review current practices in Mechatronics.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Communication skills

  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (ENGG410)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce biomechanics terminology and concepts. To develop knowledge of biomechanics of tissues and structures of the musculoskeletal system (bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, skeletal muscle). To develop knowledge of biomechanics of joints (knee, hip, foot and ankle) to develop understanding of biomechanics of human movement.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of biomechanics

    (LO2) Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and biomechanical of hard and soft tissues

    (LO3) Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and biomechanical of hard and soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system.

    (LO4) Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the biomechanics of human gait and techniques to measure and analyse human movement.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

  • Programming for Engineers 2 (ENGG487)
    LevelM
    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

    (LO1) Writing computer programs in MATLAB and Simulink.

    (LO2) Working with a specification.

    (LO3) Translating engineering analysis and design problems into computer code.

    (LO4) Using MATLAB to find numerical solutions to least squares and integration problems.

    (LO5) Perform simulation of dynamic system using MATLAB.

    (LO6) Build and analyse a simple model using Simulink.

  • 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

    (LO1) Knowledge & understandingOn 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

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) Intellectual skillsOn 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

    (LO4) Transferable skillsOn 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

    (S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Numerical methods

    (S2) Numeracy/computational skills - Reason with numbers/mathematical concepts

    (S3) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

    (S4) Numeracy/computational skills - Numerical methods

    (S5) Quantification, solution identification, analysis & interpretation of uncertainty data

  • Smart Materials (MATS515)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To 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

    (LO1) Students who successfully engage with this module will be able to describe the underlying physics responsible for the actuating behaviour of each of the mayor classes of ‘Smart Material’ covered.

    (LO2) Students who successfully engage with this module will be able to make informed judgements about the selection of smart materials for specific applications (including state-of-the-art applications or future applications that are at the research stage).

    (LO3) Students who successfully engage with this module will be able to describe key manufacturing processes associated with the utilisation of Smart Materials and make informed decisions about which process methodology is most suitable.

    (LO4) Students who successfully engage with this module will be able to numerically evaluate device performance related parameters and make informed decisions about device design based on these.

    (LO5) Students who successfully engage with this module will be able to describe and illustrate examples of applications of each ‘Smart Material’ covered in the module, identifying materials that are commercially used, critically evaluating why these have been selected and evaluating research and state-of-the-art materials that may be used in the future.

    (S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: independent learning. advanced problem solving. critical evaluation.

  • Structural Biomaterials (MATS410)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of this course are to develop an advanced understanding of the structure and properties of materials used in medical devices. In particular: how this relates to their application in medical devices how the interactions with the biological environment influences their structure and properties (e.g. degradation) how the surface properties of the materials influence the bio interactions and biocompatibility how the surface properties of the materials can be modified to enhance the biological interactions

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Be able to select appropriate materials, in terms of their structure and properties, for specific medical implant applications

    (LO2) Evaluate and understand the likely biocompatibility of the choice of material

    (LO3) Undestand strategies to enhance biocompatibility via surface modification

    (S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: Independent learning, group discussions, Scientific literature searching, interpretation of scientific literature, report writing

    (S2) On successful completion of the module, student should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to: select the appropriate materials, in terms of their structure and properties, for specific medical implant applications, evaluate and understand the likely biocompatibility of their choice, consider strategies to enhance biocompatibility via surface modification.

    (S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The structure and properties of key metals and alloys that make them applicable in specific medical applications, How implantation in the body influence the corrosion of key implant metals and alloys, The structure and properties of key polymers that make them applicable in specific medical applications, The mechanisms of polymer degradation and how they can be used in specific applications such as to aid drug delivery, The structure and properties of specific ceramics that make them applicable in medical applications, The structure and properties of a range of composites and how to tailor their properties for specific medical applications, The concept of biocompatibility, The structure and importance of the material surface/biological environment interface, The important surface properties of implant materials and how they are analysed, How the surface properties of implant materials can be modified to control the biological interactions/

  • Tissue Engineering (ENGG412)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module are to provide an overview and tissue engineering applications and their use in current and future therapies, giving specific examples in hard and soft tissue engineering.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand the multi-disciplinary nature of tissue engineering and the key target areas that are currently successful within the field and why in terms of material development and cost.

    (LO2) Develop a basic understanding of the biological environment into which a specific tissue engineered device could be implanted and the associated experimental/functional parameters that need to be considered when addressing these areas.  Understand the differences in tissue structure in terms of mechanical properties and how these need to be incorporated into material and experimental design.

    (LO3) Develop an understanding for the need for “bottom-up” (material induced biological responses) approaches to tissue engineering  , understanding how to use material variables to control cell responses and what material variables can be changed to control certain biological responses

    (LO4) Identify novel material development/modification techniques that can be used to develop the next generation of smart materials for tissue engineering applications

    (LO5) Understand and design in vitro testing regimes that can be used to assess the potential of materials for tissue engineering applications.

    (S1) Communication skills-Oral Presentation

    (S2) Teamwork-Group Work

    (S3) Problem solving skills-Material selection ssesments

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’ (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.