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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Academic Year: 2014/15

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 MEng/ MEng+DIS/ MEng+DPS/MEng+DInts
Programme title Mechanical Engineering
Programme code MMUM03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 8 semesters, or 10 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 H302, H303
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:26:29 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide a fully accredited broad based honours degree programme for well-motivated students with high entry qualifications.
  • To produce high quality graduates who have a strong academic background combined with outstanding integrative skills and the ability to progress rapidly to a position of responsibility and subsequently provide technical and managerial leadership.
  • To deliver a comprehensive understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current insights in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • To provide opportunities for student to acquire vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding and to develop appropriate skills, values and attributes.
  • To develop the ability to solve complex engineering problems using ideas and
    techniques, some of which are at the forefront of a discipline
  • 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”

Accreditation Reports

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On completion of the programme, MEng graduates will have acquired technical depth in both core and specialist mechanical engineering subjects combined with a broad base of engineering knowledge and experience:  They will have the ability to integrate knowledge of engineering science, mathematical tools and computer based methods to solve a wide range of mechanical engineering problems in industrial or research environments.  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 in the industrial context.
  • management, business practices and the human resource appropriate for a career in engineering 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.
  • developing technologies in at least one area of specialisation and/or an understanding of concepts from areas peripheral to mechanical engineering, including a thorough appreciation of microprocessors and machine control software.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, MEng graduates will also be able to use such knowledge and understanding in a creative way and be able to:

  • use the principles of engineering science and mathematical methods  in developing solutions to mechanical engineering problems
  • extract from given data, that which is pertinent to an unfamiliar problem
  • analyse complex mechanical systems, processes and components
  • generate innovative designs for systems, components or processes that fulfil new needs
  • 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 and commerce
  • identify and act upon key operational constraints including health and safety, cost, quality and sustainability issues and be able to assess risk
  • investigate new and emerging technologies using fundamental knowledge and learn new theories, concepts and methods in an unfamiliar situation
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
  • work with technical uncertainty
  • generate ideas for new products and develop and evaluate a range of new solutions.
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 and to integrate presentational techniques and the information to be presented for maximum impact.
  • Design and implement basic computer based information systems.
  • Undertake most of the technical roles within a team and exercise leadership.
  • Adopt a methodical systems approach to the solution of unfamiliar problems.
  • Manage time and resources; develop, monitor and update a plan, to reflect a changing operating environment.

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 and Electrical Tech. 1

10

   MAA310

Mathematics for Mech Engineers 1 (20)

10

   MMA508

Engineering Principles & Professional Skills (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

   MMB404

Computer Aided Design, Manufacture and Test (CADMAT)

10

   MMB500

Application of Engineering Design: Industry Based Project (10)

5

   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)

            

4.4Part C - Degree Modules     

 

4.4.1 Semester 1 

                        (i) COMPULSORY MODULE: (total modular weight 40)                         

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMD550

Individual Project (50)

20

   MMC900

Computer Control & Instrumentation

10

   MMC200

Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality

10

  

                            (ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20)

GROUP A(BREADTH MODULES)   ONE module (weight 10) must be selected from this group.  Modules in groups A across semesters are paired together to complement each other and add breadth to the programme. For example, (1a) in semester 1 is paired with (2a) in semester 2. Students are normally expected to study a complementary pair of modules.

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMC606

Additive Manufacturing for Product Development

10

Option (1a)

MPC102

Fracture and Failure

10

Option (1b)

EUL***

Language (see section 4.5)

10

Option (1c)

MMC600

Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology

10

Option (1d)

  

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

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

 

MMC104

Robotics and Control

10

MMC804

Energy Systems Analysis

10

MMC901

Digital Image Processing

10

MMC910

Laser Materials Processing

10

                        

 4.4.2 Semester 2

                           (i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

 Code

 

 Title

 

 Modular

Weight

   MMD550

Individual Project (50)

30

                          (ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 30)

 GROUP A (BREADTH MODULES, continued):  ONE module (weight 10) must be selected from this group Students are normally expected to study the complementary module to the one chosen in Group A, semester 1. 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMD606

Additive Manufacturing and Reverse

    Engineering

10

Option (2a)

MPC014

Materials in Service

10

Option (2b)

EUL***

Language (see section 4.5)

10

Option (2c)

MMC301

Computer Aided Engineering

10

Option (2d)

  

GROUP B:  (DEPTH MODULES):  ONE module (weight 10) must be selected from each of groups B and C. Modules in group B are paired together and add depth to the programme. For example, (1e) in part C is paired with (2e) in part D. All students MUST complete TWO of these specialist module pairs during Part C. 

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

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMC106

Finite Element Analysis

10

Option (1e)

MPC012

Polymer Engineering – Processing & Manufacture

10

Option (1f)

MMC802

Computational Fluid Dynamics 1

10

Option (1g)

 

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

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMC101

Vibration and Noise

10

Option (1i)

MMC105

Kinematics of Machinery

10

Option (1h)

 

4.4.3 Mechanical Engineering M.Eng (Manufacturing Stream)

M.Eng Mechanical Engineering students may desire to follow a Manufacturing Engineering stream through Part C and Part D after successful completion of their Part B studies.  Students who would like to be considered for this stream should contact their programme director to discuss this possibility.  Successful students would subsequently select modules from Part C of the Product Design Engineering Programme. After successful completion of their Part C studies they will select modules from Part D of this stream.

 

4.5 Part D - Degree Modules

 

4.5.1 Semester 1 

                        (i) COMPULSORY MODULE: (total modular weight 25)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMD503

Project Engineering (30)

15

 

MMD403

Engineering Design Management

10

 

                          (ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

GROUP A: (HUMAN FACTORS) Students must take one module (weight 10) from the Human Factors group during the year.

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVD017

Teamwork and Leadership

10

Semester 1

MMD950

Enterprise Technology

10

Semester 1

MMD500

Project Leadership (10)

5

Sem 1 & 2

MMC205 International Project Management      10 Semester 1

GROUP B:  (FREE OPTIONS) One module must be selected from this group during the year.

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMC107

Contact Mechanics : Tribology

10

 

MMC602

Sustainable Manufacturing

10

 

MMC910

Laser Materials Processing

10

 

EUL***

UWLP: Applied Languages

10

 

MMD552

Advanced Engineering Research (20)

10

 

GROUP C: (DEPTH OPTIONS):  TWO modules (modular weight 20) must be selected from this group.  All modules in this group have pre-requisite modules in Part C.

Code

Title

 

Modular Weight

MMD100

Structural Integrity 2

10

Option (2e)

MPD014

Polymer Engineering 2: Properties

10

Option (2f)

MMD101

Drive Train Dynamics

10

Option (2i)

MMD105

Dynamics of Machinery

10

Option (2h)

MMD802

Computational Fluid Dynamics 2

10

Option (2g)

 

4.5.2  Semester 2

                              (i) COMPULSORY MODULES: (total modular weight 15)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMD503

Project Engineering                         (30)

15

 

 Students who elect to study Advanced Engineering Research in semester 1 must study the second 10 weight of the module during semester 2 in place of 10 credits of free option modules. 

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

   MMD552

Advanced Engineering Research (20)

10 continued

 

                                (ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

GROUP A, (HUMAN FACTORS)  Students must take one module (weight 10) from the Human Factors group during the year. (see also group A, semester 1)

 Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMC204

Management of the Human Resource

10

 Sem 2

MMD500

Project Leadership                (5)        

10

Sem 1&2

FREE OPTIONS:  A total modular weight of 20 credits must be selected from groups A, B and C.  Not more than one module may be taken from each group.  Note that students who elected to study MMD552 in semester 1 may only select 10 credits from groups A, B and C. Students must also take one module (weight 20) from group D.

GROUP A

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMC301

Computer Aided Engineering

10 

MMC603

Metrology

10 

MMC803

Ballistics and Rocket Propulsion

10 

MMC800

Internal Combustion Engines

20

   

 

  

GROUP B

Code

Title

Modular Weight

MMC610

Healthcare Engineering

10 

MMC700

Sports Engineering

10

MMD407

Sustainable Product Design

10 

 GROUP C

 Code

 

 Title

 

 Modular

Weight

MMC805

Turbomachinery

10

MMC801

Advanced Heat Transfer

10

EUL***

UWLP: Applied Languages

10

Group D

Code

 

 Title

 

 Modular

Weight

MMD900

Mechatronics

20

MMD902

Laser & Optical Measurements

20

Students may not register for modules already studied in Part C. Module MMC301 is not available to students who have previously taken MMC300

 

4.5.3 Mechanical Engineering M.Eng (Manufacturing Stream)

M.Eng Mechanical Engineering students who opted to follow the Manufacturing Stream in Part C, will select modules from Part D of the Product Design Enginering Programme.

4.5.4 Substitute Modules

In exceptional circumstances, a student may substitute other degree level modules to a maximum modular credit of 20 from the University’s catalogue for one of those listed in group A, B or C, 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.

 

4.6  Availability of optional Language Modules in parts C and D 

Language modules are graded 1-8.  Levels 1 and 2 are only available in part C and are appropriate for those students who have not studied the language to GCSE level. Level 3 is appropriate for those students who have obtained a minimum of grade C at GCSE or who have gained appropriate credit at level 2. Level 5 requires a minimum of Grade D at GCE ‘A’ level or credit at level 4. Levels 7 and 8 are available to students who have completed level 6.  Students electing to study a language in part C will, unless the programme director grants exception, take TWO sequential modules in semesters 1 and 2. 

 4.6.1 Semester 1

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Available in Part

EUL101

French Language 1

10

C

EUL103

French Language 3

10

C or D

EUL105

French Language 5

10

C or D

EUL107

French Language 7

10

D

EUL201

German Language 1

10

C

EUL203

German Language 3

10

C or D

EUL205

German Language 5

10

C or D

EUL207

German Language 7

10

D

EUL301

Spanish Language 1

10

C

EUL303

Spanish Language 3

10

C or D

EUL305

Spanish Language 5

10

C or D

EUL401

Mandarin Chinese A

10

C

EUL403

Mandarin Chinese C

10

C or D

EUL045

Mandarin Chinese E

10

D

 

 4.6.1 Semester 1

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Available in Part

EUL122

French Language 2

10

C

EUL124

French Language 4

10

C or D

EUL126

French Language 6

10

C or D

EUL128

French Language 8

10

D

EUL222

German Language 2

10

C

EUL224

German Language 4

10

C or D

EUL226

German Language 6

10

C or D

EUL228

German Language 8

10

D

EUL322

Spanish Language 2

10

C

EUL324

Spanish Language 4

10

C or D

EUL326

Spanish Language 6

10

C or D

EUL422

Mandarin Chinese B

10

C

EUL424

Mandarin Chinese D

10

C or D

EUL426

Mandarin Chinese F

10

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 4.7  Studies Overseas

Students may choose to study Semester 1 (only) during their Part D, at an approved Overseas Higher Education Institution.  The mix of subjects of the learning programme must first be approved by the programme director for their course.  An acceptable learning programme should, where possible, include a group project and studies at an advanced/masters level with modular weight not less than 20 credits. 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for Progression and Degree Award 

5.1.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also obtain at least 120 credits from the Part and a minimum overall average of 55% for the Part.

5.1.2 In order 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 obtain a mark of 55% in Project Engineering Module MMD503 in Part D.

5.1.3 For candidates who commenced study on the programme before September 2014 who fail to satisfy the progression requirements stated in paragraphs 5.1.1 – 5.1.2 above, the requirements are:

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

i.    In order to proceed from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D, candidates must obtain at least 50% in modules with a minimum weight of 100 credits in each programme part and gain credit (40%) in all other modules.

ii.   In order to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must obtain a mark of 50% in project Engineering Module MMD503 in Part D.

5.2 Criteria for candidates who do not receive permission to Progress or gain the award of a Degree.

Any candidate who fails to achieve the criteria for progression from Part A to Part B, Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D shall have the opportunity to repeat Module Assessments in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XX.  Alternatively, the candidate may elect to enter the B.Eng degree programme in Mechanical Engineering, before commencing Part C, provided that the candidate has satisfied the criteria for progression for that programme at the appropriate point.

In exceptional circumstances, any candidate who, having successfully completed Part C, is unable to commence or complete Part D or fails to achieve the criteria necessary for the award of the degree of M.Eng may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded the degree of B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering with a classification corresponding to the candidate’s achievements in the Part B and Part C assessments and determined on the basis of the weightings given for the B.Eng programme. 

5.3 Re-assessment

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates, who have the right of re-assessment in all parts.  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

Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level modules assessments in Parts B,C and D in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX. The average percentage marks will be combined in the ratio Part B - 20, Part C - 40, Part D – 40 to determine the overall average percentage mark for the programme (the programme mark).

 

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