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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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 Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - pre-2016
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

IMechE

Final award BEng /BEng DIS/BEng DPS /BEng DInts
Programme title Mechanical Engineering
Programme code MMUB03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if the students undertake the additional period of study, normally between Parts B and C, for the award of the Diploma of Industrial Studies, the Diploma of International Studies or the Diploma of Professional Studies.
UCAS code H300, H301
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/mechanical-manfacturing/mechanicalengineering/

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:28:24 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide a fully accredited honours degree course in the field of mechanical engineering which satisfies the needs of industry for high quality graduates who have a strong academic background combined with outstanding integrative skills.
  • To deliver a systematic understanding of key aspects of mechanical engineering, including the acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge.
  • To provide opportunities for students to acquire vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding and to develop appropriate skills, values and attributes.
  • To develop the ability to evaluate evidence, solve problems and exercise sound judgement.
  • To encourage students to manage their own learning, communicate effectively and make use of primary source materials.
  • To foster an appreciation of the essential practical and commercial aspects of engineering.

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

Periodic Programme Review

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

QAA Benchmark statements for Engineering

Engineering Council-UK, UK SPEC “The Accreditation of Higher Education programmes”

I.Mech.E Accreditation report from accreditation visit 2/5/02

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On completion of the programme, students will have acquired a broad base of engineering knowledge and experience.  They should be self reliant and able to contribute well in team situations.  The programme aims to provide the flexibility for students to choose a wide variety of career paths and specialisms in the final year. More specifically they will have:

  • the underpinning mathematics, mechanical, electrical and thermal sciences associated with a career in mechanical engineering
  • engineering principles, quantitative methods, mathematical and computer models
  • codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues as applicable to a general mechanical engineering career, together with an awareness of the nature of intellectual property issues and of environmental, legal and ethical issues within the modern industrial world
  • design processes and methodologies
  • management techniques and an understanding of the commercial and economic context of the engineering business
  • the characteristics of engineering materials, equipment and processes and an awareness of basic mechanical workshop practices.

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • use the principles of engineering science in developing solutions to practical mechanical engineering problems
  • interpret and numerical data and apply mathematical methods to the analysis of engineering systems
  • analyse systems, processes and components
  • create new engineering components and processes through the synthesis of ideas from a range of sources
  • apply appropriate knowledge of techniques and codes of practice to the design of components and systems
  • integrate evaluate and make use of information from a wide variety of sources including other engineering disciplines
  • demonstrate awareness of key operational constraints including health and safety, cost,  quality and sustainability issues and be able to assess risk.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • use appropriate computer software numerical modelling methods and/or computational techniques to solve engineering problems
  • use laboratory and basic workshop equipment competently and safely
  • research for information
  • prepare mechanical engineering drawings computer graphics and technical reports and give technically competent oral presentations
  • demonstrate basic organisational and project management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • Demonstrate a high level of numeracy.
  • Communicate effectively through written, graphical, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Design and implement basic computer based information systems.
  • Work as a member of a team.
  • Organise and manage time and resources effectively.

4. Programme structure

4.1    Part A - Introductory Modules

 

4.1.1  Semester 1

 

                      COMPULSORY  MODULES (total modular weight 60)

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMA101

Statics and Dynamics (20)

10

   MMA100

Mechanics of Materials

10

   MMA604

Materials & Manufacturing Processes (20)

10

   MMA800

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (20)

10

   MAA310

Mathematics for Mech Engineers 1 (20)

10

   MMA508

Engineering Principles & Professional Skills (20)

10

  

4.1.2  Semester 2

 

                      COMPULSORY  MODULES (total modular weight 60)                                  

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMA101

Statics and Dynamics (20)

10

   MMA604

Materials & Manufacturing Processes (20)

10

   MMA800

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (20)

10

   MMA900

Electronics & Electrical Tech. 1

10

   MAA310

Mathematics for Mech Engineers 1 (20)

10

   MMA508

Engineering Principles & Professional Skillls (20)

10

 

Students will be allocated to either the (a) or (b) module stream at the start of the academic year and must remain on the same stream throughout.

 

 

4.2 Part B  - Degree Modules 

 

4.2.1 Semester 1

 

                       COMPULSORY  MODULES (total modular weight 60)         

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMB101

Engineering Dynamics 2

10

   MMB104

Control Engineering

10

   MMB300

Engineering Computation (10)

5

   MMB100

Mechanics of Materials 2

10

   MMB500

Application of Engineering Design: Industry Based Project (10)

5

   MMB800

Thermodynamics 2

10

   MAB110

Mathematics for Mech Engineers 2

10

 

4.2.2  Semester 2

 

                     COMPULSORY  MODULES (total modular weight 60)

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMB403

Design of Machine Elements

10

   MMB300

Engineering Computation (10)

5

   MMB500

Application of Engineering Design: Industry Based Project (10)

5

   MMB404

Computer Aided Design, Manufacture and Test (CADMAT)

10

   MMB801

Heat Transfer

10

   MMB802

Fluid Mechanics 2

10

   ELB045

Electrical Power & Machines

10

 

 

 

4.3    Part I – Optional Placement Year

 

                        COMPULSORY MODULE      

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMI001

Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS)

120

   MMI002

Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS)

120

 (In order to be considered for the award of DIS or DPS students will need to complete a minimum of 45 weeks in an approved placement and meet the specified report submission for the award, for further details contact the industrial training coordinator for the School or visit https://engskills.lboro.ac.uk/mm/mmstudent.html  Students should note that consideration of this award is only on successful completion of their degree programme)

 

   MMI003

Diploma in International Studies (DIntS)

120

 (In order to be considered for the award if DIntS students will need to complete 45 weeks approved overseas placement.  This may be industrial or academic study or a combination of the two.  At the end of the placement students are required to submit a report and dissertation, further details are available via the School’s Exchange Coordinator)

  

4.4 Part C - Degree Modules                 

 

4.4.1 Semester 1

     

                        (i) COMPULSORY  MODULES (total modular weight 40)                          

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMC500

Individual Project (40)

10

   MMC900

Computer Control & Instrumentation

10

   MMC504

International Design Project

10

   MMC200

Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality

10

 

 

                       (ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20)

 TWO modules (weight 20) must be selected from groups A and B with no more than ONE module being taken from each group.

 

GROUP A: ONE module (weight 10) must be selected from this group.

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMC606

Additive Manufacturing for Product Development

10

   MMC107

Contact Mechanics: Tribology

10

   MPC102

Fracture and Failure

10

   MMC600

Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 1

10

              

GROUP B: ONE module (weight 10) must be selected from this group

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMC804

Energy Systems Analysis

10

   MMC910

Laser Materials Processing

10

   MMC901

Digital Image Processing

10

   MMC104

Robotics and Control

10

 

 4.4.2 Study Overseas

Students may choose to study Part C - Semester 1 at an approved Overseas Higher Education Institution.  The mix of subjects of the learning programme must be approved in advance by the programme director.  The proposed programme of learning will normally include work on an Individual Project with a semester modular weight of 10.      

 

4.4.3 Semester 2

                      (i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMC500

Individual Project  (40)

30

 

 

                     (ii) OPTIONAL  MODULES (total modular weight of 30)

THREE modules (weight 30) must be selected from groups A, B and C with no more than ONE module being taken from each group.

 

GROUP A: ONE module (weight 10) must be selected from this group.

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

    MMC800

Internal Combusion Engines

20

    MMC803

Ballistics and Rocket Propulsion

10

    MMC603

Metrology

10

    MMC301

Computer Aided Engineering

10

 

 

GROUP B: ONE module (weight 10) must be selected from this group.

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMC106

Finite Element Analysis

10

   MPC012

Polymer Engineering: Processes and Manufacturing

10

   MMC802

Computational Fluid Dynamics

10

   MMC300

Product Information Systems – Computer Aided Design

10

  

GROUP C: ONE module (weight 10) must be selected from this group.

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMC805

Turbomachinery

10

  MMC101

Vibration and Noise

10

   MMC105

Kinematics of Machinery

10

   MMC801

Advanced Heat Transfer

10

 

In exceptional circumstances, a student may substitute another degree level module (weight 10) from the University’s catalogue for one of those listed above, subject to the prior approval of the programme director. The student is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of any such selection can be incorporated into their individual timetable.

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 satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX. 

5.2 Re-assessment

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates, who have the right of re-assessment in parts A and B of the programme, to undergo re-assessment in the University's special assessment period (SAP).  Final year candidates will normally be required to re-sit during the next academic year but may be granted the option of re-assessment in SAP at the discretion of the examiners.   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.

5.2.1 Limitations of IMechE Accreditation

IMechE accreditation will not be granted for BEng candidates who commenced the programme before 2007 and are re-assessed in individual project module MMC500.

5.3 Transfer to the MEng Mechanical Engineering Programme

Transfer to the M.Eng programme is available at the end of Part B to those students who achieve the progression standard set out in the extended degree programme (MEng) regulations together with an overall average year mark of at least 60% in Part A and 60% in Part B. In exceptional circumstances the Programme Director may allow students to progress to the extended programme (MEng) who score higher than 60% in Part B and lower than 60% in Part A.

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

Candidates' 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 percentage marks for each part will be combined in the ratio Part B - 40 : Part C - 60 to determine the degree classification.

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