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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Automotive Materials

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Materials
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Final award BEng/ BEng + DIS/ BEng + DIntS
Programme title Automotive Materials
Programme code MPUB02
Length of programme The duration of the programme is six semesters, or eight semesters if students undertake industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies, or study at a University abroad leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies. These occur between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code J511, J551
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/materialsengineering/automotivematerials/

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:32:12 GMT

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide a fully accredited honours degree programme in the field of automotive materials which satisfies the needs of industry for high quality graduates who have a strong academic background with business and interactive skills.
  • Students will also gain an appreciation of the application of materials engineering in the context of vehicle and engine design.
  • To encourage students to manage their own learning, communicate effectively and make use of primary source materials.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • QAA Benchmark Statements for Materials
  • Institute of Materials Guidelines for Accreditation

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programmes, graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant mathematical methods and principles of materials science as applied to materials engineering;
  • A number of specialist materials topics connected with metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and automotive materials;
  • The role of information technology and library resources in providing support for materials engineers;
  • Engineering principles relevant to materials selection;
  • Processing of materials;
  • The materials and engineering aspects of design;
  • The professional and engineering responsibilities of materials engineers;
  • An appreciation of the factors affecting vehicle and engine design in the context of automotive materials engineering practice.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Select and identify an appropriate material and manufacturing route for the design of an automotive component;
  • Utilise materials engineering principles to develop new materials/processing routes for improved performance of vehicle engineering systems;
  • Solve materials engineering problems;
  • Select and apply appropriate IT tools to a variety of automotive materials problems;
  • Analyse automotive systems, processes, and components for materials needs;
  • Select materials from an environmentally appreciative viewpoint;
  • Interpret numerical data and apply mathematical methods to the analysis of automotive materials engineering problems.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programmes, students should be able to:

  • Use appropriate mechanical testing, corrosion testing, optical, X-ray, electron metallographic, and surface and chemical analysis methods for the study of materials;
  • Use appropriate computer software for design and modelling exercises;
  • Evaluate and present practical data in a suitable format;
  • Explain experimental results in terms of theoretical mechanisms and concepts;
  • Demonstrate project management skills;
  • Compile clear and well-structured technical reports;
  • Acquire and use sources of information appropriately;
  • Apply the principles of vehicle maintenance and engine stripping.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programmes, students should be able to:

  • Work effectively, both as part of a team and/or independently;
  • Organise and manage time and resources effectively; for short-term and longer-term commitments;
  • Possess skills needed to communicate effectively through written, graphical, inter-personal, and presentation media;
  • Apply constructive and structured approaches to problem solving;
  • Demonstrate a reasonable level of numeracy; appropriate to the cognitive skills required;
  • Compile clear and well-structured technical reports;
  • Acquire and use sources of information appropriately;
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Understand the operational and strategic issues involved with the automotive industry.

4. Programme structure

4.1         Part A – Introductory Modules 

 

4.1.1     Compulsory modules (total module weight 120) 

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPA101

1 and 2

Skills for Materials

20

MPA102

1 and 2

Experimentation

20

MPA103

1 and 2

Introduction to Materials

20

MPA104

1 and 2

Introduction to Design and Project Management

10

MPA105

2

Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

10

MPA108

2

Mechanics for Materials

10

MAA101

Mathematics for Materials 1

10

MAA201

2

Mathematics for Materials 2

10

TTA107 1 Vehicle Design and Development 10

  

 4.2          Part B – Degree Modules

 

4.2.1    Compulsory modules (total module weight 120) 

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPB101

1 and 2

Processing and Structure of Metals and Ceramics

20

MPB102

1 and 2

Processing and Structure of Polymers and Composites

20

MPB103

1 and 2

Materials Characterisation and Mechanics

20

MPB105

2

Electrochemical Technology

10

MPB013

1

Automotive Crash Protection

10

MAB101 1 Mathematics for Materials 3 10
MAB206 2 Statistics 10
TTB110 1 Internal Combustion Engines 10
TTB107 2 Vehicle Design 10

    

 4.3      Part I –   Diploma in Industrial Studies and Diploma in International Studies Modules

 

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPI001

1 and 2

Industrial Training Placement (DIS, non-credit bearing)

120

MPI002

1 and 2

Overseas University Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing

120

 

4.3.1    Eight Semester Programme

In accordance with Regulation XI, students will undertake an approved placement or study abroad leading to the Diploma of Industrial Studies, if following Module MPI001, or leading to the Diploma in International Studies, if following Module MPI002.  Participation in a placement or study abroad is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.

  

 4.4      Part C – Degree Modules

                       

4.4.1    Compulsory modules (total module weight 120) 

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPC101

1

Sustainability, Recycling and Environmental Issues

10

MPC102

1

Fracture and Failure

10

MPC103 1 and 2 Industrial Case Studies  10
MPC104 2 Tomorrow's Materials 10
MPC108 2 Surface Engineering 10
MPC110 1 and 2 Project 30
MPC114 1 Design and Manufacture with Composite Materials 10
MPC120 1 and 2 Vehicle and Components Design 20
TTB210 2 Power-train Technologies and Attributes 10

      

  

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also:

- Students commencing their studies from 2010 onwards must gain credit (≥40%) in the core materials module MPA103 Introduction to Materials to progress from Part A to Part B.

- Students commencing their studies in 2012 must also gain credit (≥40%) in the module MAA309 Mathematics for Materials to progress from Part A to Part B. Students commencing their studies from 2013 onwards must also gain (≥40%) in the modules MAA101 Mathematics for Materials 1 and MAA201 Mathematics for Materials 2 to progress from Part A to B.

5.2 Re-assessment

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates, who have the right of reassessment in all parts of the programme, to undergo reassessment in the University’s Special Assessment Period (except where SAP-exempt modules are involved).

Where a candidate has achieved fewer than 60 credits in a part of the programme, reassessment in the relevant part is not available to that candidate in the Special Assessment Period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidate’s final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C, in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The average percentages for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 30: Part C 70 to determine the final percentage for the award of BEng.

 

 

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