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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering

Academic Year: 2015/16

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 / IET / IED

Final award BEng/ BEng + DIS/BEng + DPS/ BEng + DInts
Programme title Product Design Engineering
Programme code MMUB02
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake the additional period of study, normally between Parts B and C, leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies, the Diploma of International Studies, or the Diploma of Professional Studies.
UCAS code H770 / H771
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/mechman/undergraduate/courses/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:53:52 BST

1. Programme Aims

This programme seeks to provide a fully accredited engineering degree course that bridges the disciplines of mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering and product design.

The design content is interdisciplinary and applicable to products, processes and systems. It aims to support the acquisition of design engineering skills and provide an integrating theme to develop goal-directed thinking and problem-solving strategies applicable to a wide range of problems.

•    To deliver systematic knowledge and understanding of key aspects of engineering science, manufacturing engineering, innovation and appropriate management techniques.

•    To provide opportunities for students to develop appropriate design and project engineering skills.

•    To develop the ability to solve engineering problems, some complex, using contemporary ideas and techniques.

•    To enable students to manage their own learning, communicate effectively and make use of primary source materials.

•    To gain knowledge of human and project management theory.

•    To provide insight into engineering practice and commercial aspects of engineering.

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

  • Loughborough University Periodic Programme Review (Quadrennial Review). 

  • Loughborough University Annual Programme Review. 

  • UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering’, (Feb.2015) and ‘Framework of Higher Education Qualifications’, (Aug.2008). 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘UK-SPEC, UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence’, 3rd Edition, Jan.2014. 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’, 3rd Edition, May 2014. 

  • Programme Accreditation Reports (Quinquennial) by professional institutions.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

In line with the QAA ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering (2015)’  the programme learning outcomes listed here are sourced from the Engineering Councils publication ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’ 3rd Edition, 2014.

Science and Mathematics (SM)

Engineering is underpinned by science and mathematics, and other associated disciplines, as defined by the relevant professional engineering institution(s). Upon successful completion graduates will have:

  • Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies

  • Knowledge and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline and to enable them to apply mathematical and statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems

  • Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of their own engineering discipline

Engineering Analysis (EA)

Engineering analysis involves the application of engineering concepts and tools to the solutions of engineering problems. Upon successful completion graduates will have:

  • Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key engineering processes

  • Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques

  • Ability to apply quantitative and computational methods in order to solve engineering problems and to implement appropriate action

  • Understanding of, and the ability to apply, an integrated or systems approach to solving engineering problems

Design (D)

Design at this level is the creation and development of an economically viable product, process or system to meet a defined need. It involves significant technical and intellectual challenges and can be used to integrate all engineering understanding, knowledge and skills to the solution of real problems. Upon successful completion graduates will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

  • Understand and evaluate business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics

  • Investigate and define the problem, identifying any constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations; ethical, health, safety, security and risk issues; intellectual property; codes of practice and standards

  • Work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain and quantify the effect of this on the design

  • Apply advanced problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding, to establish rigorous and creative solutions that are fit for purpose for all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal

  • Plan and manage the design process, including cost drivers, and evaluate outcomes

  • Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences

Economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context (EL)

Engineering activity can have impacts on the environment, on commerce, on society and on individuals. Upon successful completion graduates will have the skills to manage their activities and be aware of the various legal and ethical constraints under which they are expected to operate, including:

  •  Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering and a knowledge of professional codes of conduct

  •  Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes

  •  Knowledge and understanding of management techniques, including project management, that may be used to achieve engineering objectives

  •  Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate

  •  Awareness of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health & safety, contracts, intellectual property rights, product safety and liability issues

  •  Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk, and of risk assessment and risk management techniques

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

Refer to Section 3. above

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

This is the practical application of engineering skills, combining theory and experience, and use of other relevant knowledge and skills. This can include:

  •  Understanding of contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (eg operations and management, application and development of technology, etc)
  •  Knowledge of characteristics of particular materials, equipment, processes or products

  •  Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills

  •  Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources

  •  Knowledge of relevant legal and contractual issues

  •  Understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards

  •  Awareness of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement

  •  Ability to work with technical uncertainty

  •  Understanding of, and the ability to work in, different roles within an engineering team

 

c. Key transferable skills:

Upon successful completion graduates will have developed transferable skills, additional to those set out in the other outcomes, that will be of value in a wide range of situations, including the ability to:

  • Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, working with others, information retrieval, and the effective use of general IT facilities
  •  Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD

  •  Plan and carry out a personal programme of work, adjusting where appropriate

  •  Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader 

4. Programme structure

4.1  Part A - Introductory Modules 

4.1.1     Semester 1

                      (i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MAA306

Mathematics for Manufacturing Engineering

(20)

10

MMA102

Engineering Science 1

(20)

10

MMA604

Materials and Manufacturing Processes

(20)

10

MMA401

Product Design (Ergonomics &Visualisation)

(20)

10

MMA400

Manufacturing Design 1

 

10

MMA501

Integrating Studies 1a

 

10

4.1.2     Semester 2 

                      COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MAA306

Mathematics for Manufacturing Engineering

(20)

10

MMA102

Engineering Science 1

(20)

10

MMA604

Materials and Manufacturing Processes

(20)

10

MMA401

Product Design (Ergonomics &Visualisation)

(20)

10

MMA504

Integrating Studies 1b

 

10

MMA900

Electronics and Electrical Technology 1

 

10

4.2    Part B - Degree Modules 

4.2.1    Semester 1 

                      (i)COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMB112

Engineering Science 2

 

10

MMB310

Engineering and Management Modelling

 

10

MMB400

Industrial Design

 

10

MMB501

Integrating Studies

(20)

10

MMB504

Application of Product Design

(20)

10

MMA610

Manufacturing Technology

 

10

4.2.2     Semester 2 

                     (i)COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MAB206

Statistics

 

10

MMA210

Manufacturing Management

 

10

MMB301

Software Engineering

 

10

MMB413

Machine Design

 

10

MMB501

Integrating Studies

(20)

10

MMB504

Application of Product Design

(20)

10

4.3    Part I – Optional Placement Year 

                      COMPULSORY MODULE

 Code

 

Title

 

Modular Weight

MMI001

DIS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)

120

 

MMI002

DPS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)

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 http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/mechman/undergraduate/courses/industrialtrainingandexperience/.  Students should note that consideration of this award is only on successful completion of their degree programme)

MMI003

DIntS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)

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

MMC501

Individual Project

(40)

10

MMC200

Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality

 

10

MMC602

Sustainable Manufacturing

 

10

MMC205

International Project Management

 

10

                         (ii)   OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Students MUST select no more than 10 credits from group A, B and C.

 

Group A

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC600

Advanced manufacturing Processes and Technology 1

10

MMC606

Additive manufacturing for Product Development

10

Group B

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC400

Design for Assembly

10

MMC201

Organisational Structure & Strategy

10

Group C

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC108

Manufacturing Automation and Control

10

MMC901

Digital Image Processing

10

2.4.2    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 modular weight of 10.

 2.4.3    Semester 2

  1. COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMC501

Individual Project

(40)

30

MMC401

Product Design

 

10

                         (ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Students choose optional subjects with a modular weight of 10 from Group A and 10 from Group B.

Group A

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC106

Finite Element Analysis

10

MMC300

Product Information Systems – Computer Aided Design

10

MPC012

Polymer Engineering Processes and Manufacture

10

 Group B

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC203

Manufacturing Planning and Control

10

MMC206

Product Innovation Management

10

MMC603

Metrology

10

Group C

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC610

Healthcare Engineering

10

MMC700

Sports Engineering

10

In exceptional circumstances, a student may substitute another degree level module (weight 10) from the University’s catalogue, for one of those listed, 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 Part 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

Re-assessment requirements are in accordance with Regulation XX.  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 Module Assessments in Part B and Part C, in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The overall 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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