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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Academic Year: 2016/17

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, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
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/departments/mechman/undergraduate/courses/

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:53:11 BST

1. Programme Aims

This fully accredited degree programme delivers the technical and business skills that are required for a successful career as a professional mechanical engineer. The curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of industry; providing a strong academic foundation while inspiring students to be creative and communicate their ideas clearly by way of industrially based design projects. On completion of the programme, students will have acquired a broad base of engineering knowledge and experience.  They will be self-reliant and able to contribute productively in team situations. The programme provides the flexibility for students to choose a wide variety of career paths and specialisms in their final year.

Aims:

  • To provide the necessary technical skills to understand mechanical systems and solve engineering problems

  • To deliver a fundamental understanding of materials properties and manufacturing processes 

  • To impart an appreciation of the essential practical and commercial constraints of professional engineering

  • To foster creativity, develop design capability and teach the communication skills necessary to put ideas into practice

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 the 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

                       COMPULSORY  MODULES (total modular weight 60)

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

MMA101

Statics and Dynamics (20)

10

MMA901

Electronic Systems for Mechanical Engineers

10

MMA604

Materials & Manufacturing Processes (20)

10

MMA800

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (20)

10

MAA310

Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering (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

MMA100

Mechanics of Materials

10

MAA310

Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering (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 Mechanical Engineering 3

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

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

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 either group A or group B, or (subject to timetabling restrictions) ONE module from either group A or group B and ONE module from group C.

 GROUP A:

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

MMC801

Advanced Heat Transfer

10

MMC804

Energy Systems Analysis

10

MMC805

Turbomachinery

10

MMC910

Laser Materials Processing

10

GROUP B:

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

MMC104

Robotics and Control

10

MMC107

Contacts Mechanics: Tribology

10

MMC901

Digital Image Processing

10

MPC102

Fracture and Failure

10

GROUP C:

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

MMC602

Sustainable Manufacturing

10

MMC606

Additive Manufacturing for Product Development

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)

TWO or THREE modules (with a total modular weight of 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 MUST be selected from this group.

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

MMC106

Finite Element Analysis

10

MMC802

Computational Fluid Dynamics 1

10

MPC012

Polymer Engineering - Processing and Manufacture

10

GROUP B: ONE module MUST be selected from this group.

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

MMC101

Vibration and Noise

10

MMC105

Kinematics of Machinery

10

MPC014

Materials in Service

10

GROUP C: ONE module MUST be selected from this group.

 

Code

 

 

Title

 

 

Modular

Weight

   MMC301

Computer Aided Engineering

10

   MMC800

Internal Combustion Engines

20

   MMC803

Ballistics and Rocket Propulsion

10

4.4.4 Mechanical Engineering B.Eng (Manufacturing Stream)

B.Eng Mechanical Engineering students may desire to follow a Manufacturing Engineering stream through Part C, 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.

4.4.5 Substitute Modules

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 Part C and 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 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 Module Assessments in Parts B and Part 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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