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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Product Design 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 / IET / IED

Final award MEng/ MEng+DIS/ MEng+DPS/MEng+DInts
Programme title Product Design Engineering
Programme code MMUM02
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 8 semesters, or 10 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 H772 / H773
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:54:27 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 specialist and creative design engineering skills and provide an integrating theme to develop goal-directed thinking and problem-solving strategies applicable to a wide range of problems, as well as management, business and interpersonal skills appropriate for future leaders of industry.

  • To deliver in-depth 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, including dealing with open-ended problems and elements of uncertainty and risk.
  • To develop the ability to solve a broad range of engineering problems, some complex and novel, using contemporary ideas and techniques.
  • To enable students to manage their own learning, communicate effectively and make use of primary source materials.
  • To put human and project management theory into practice through team-working and opportunities for leadership experience.
  • To provide insight into engineering practice and commercial aspects of engineering and design.

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:

  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, and an understanding and know-how of the scientific principles of related disciplines, to enable appreciation of the 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 a range of mathematical and statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently and critically 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 and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively

  • Awareness of developing technologies related to own specialisation.

  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computational models relevant to the engineering discipline, and an appreciation of their limitations

  • Understanding of concepts from a range of areas, including some outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively in engineering projects

 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 undertake critical analysis of 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, using alternative approaches and understanding their limitations, in order to solve engineering problems and implement appropriate action

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

  • Ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies

  • Ability to extract and evaluate pertinent data and to apply engineering analysis techniques in the solution of unfamiliar 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, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies

  • 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

  • Demonstrate wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations

  • Demonstrate the ability to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs

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, a knowledge of professional codes of conduct and how ethical dilemmas can arise

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

  • Knowledge and understanding of management techniques, including project and change management, that may be used to achieve engineering objectives, their limitations, and how they may be applied appropriately

  • 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, and an awareness that these may differ internationally

  • Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk, risk assessment and risk management techniques and an ability to evaluate commercial risk

  • Understanding of the key drivers for business success, including innovation, calculated commercial risks and customer satisfaction

 

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 equipment, processes or products, with extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components

  • 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

  • A thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments

  • Ability to apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints

  • Understanding of different roles within an engineering team and the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader

 

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

  • Monitor and adjust a personal programme of work on an on-going basis

  • 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

MMB610

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

Modules indicated with ** are paired together and add depth to the programme.  For example, (1a) in part C is paired with (2a) in part D.  Similarly (1e) in Part D is paired with (2e) also in part D.  All students MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST TWO of these specialist module pairs during Part C or D.  The second module of a pair (numbered 2) may not be taken without the prerequisite module (numbered 1) but the preliminary modules may be studied independently. 

4.4.1    Semester 1 

                        (i)   COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)                           

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMD551

Individual Project

(50)

20

MMC602

Sustainable Manufacturing

 

10

MMC200

Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality

 

10

                       (ii)   OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20).

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

Group A

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC600

Advanced Manufacturing Processes & Technology 1

10 (1a)

MMC606

Additive Manufacturing for Product Development

10

Group B

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC201

Organisational Structure & Strategy

10

MMC400

Design for Assembly

10

Group C

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC108

Manufacturing Automation and Control

10

MMC901

Digital Image Processing

10

Group D

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

   LAN***

Language (See Section 4.5)

10

Other modules to a maximum modular credit of 10 across Semesters 1 and 2 may be selected from those modules offered by any programmes of the University.  Any such selection will be 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. 

4.4.2     Semester 2 

                     (i)COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMD551

Individual Project

(50)

30

MMC401

Product Design

 

10

                                                                                                            

                        (ii)    OPTIONAL  MODULES (total modular weight 20) 

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

Group A

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC603

Metrology

10

MMC203

Manufacturing Planning & Control

10

MMC206

Product Innovation Management

10

Group B

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC300

Product Information Systems- Computer Aided Design

10

MPC012

Polymer Engineering 1: Processing

10 (1b) 

MMC106

Finite Element Analysis

10 (1c)

Group C

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

MMC610

Healthcare Engineering

10

MMC700

Sports Engineering

10

Group D

Code

 

Title

 

Modular

Weight

   LAN***

Language (See Section 4.5)

10

Other modules to a maximum modular credit of 10 across Semester 1 and 2 may be selected from those modules offered by any programmes of the University.  Any such selection will be 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. 

4.5    Part D - Degree Modules           

At least 70 weight of level 7 (D modules) must be taken in Part D 

4.5.1    Semester 1 

                      (i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMD503

Project Engineering

(30)

10

MMD207

Project Management

 

10

BSD523

Enterprise Technology

 

10

                      (ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 30) 

Students MUST select no more than 10 credits from group A, B, C, D or E.

Note there will be at least 20 weight of deepening modules (follow on from pre-requisite modules in Part C) across both semesters.

Group A

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

   MPD014

Polymer Engineering – Properties & Design

 

10 (2b)

   MMD100

Structural Integrity

 

10 (2c)

Group B

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMC600

Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 1

 

10 (1a)

MMC606

Additive Manufacturing for Product Development

 

10 (1d)

Group C

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMC201

Organisation Structure and Strategy          

 

10

MMC400

Design for Assembly

 

10

Group D

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMD552

Advanced Engineering Research

(20)

10 

Group E

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

LAN***

Language (See Section 4.5)

 

10

Students who elect to study MMD552 Advanced Engineering Research in semester 1 must study the second 10 credits of the module in semester 2.

In exceptional circumstances a maximum modular credit of 20 may be selected from those modules offered by any programmes of the University.  Any such selection will be 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.

 4.5.2     Semester 2 

                     (i)COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMD503

Project Engineering

(30)

20

MMD407

Sustainable Product Design

 

10

                        (ii)  OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Students MUST select no more than 10 credits from group A, B, C, D, E or F.

Note there will be at least 20 weight of deepening modules (follow on from pre-requisite modules in Part C) across both semesters.

Note that students who elected to study MMD552 in semester 1 must continue the module in semester 2.

Group A

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMC206

Product Innovation Management

 

10

MMC603

Metrology 

 

10

Group B

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMD601

Advanced Manufacturing Processes & Technology 2

 

10 (2a)

MMD606

Additive Manufacturing and Reverse Engineering

 

10 (2d)

Group C

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMC610

Healthcare Engineering

 

10

MMC700

Sports Engineering

 

10

Group D

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMD552

Advanced Engineering Research

(20)

10 

Group E

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

LAN***

Language (See Section 4.5)

 

10

Group F

Code

 

Title

 

Modular  Weight

MMC300

Product Information Systems – Computer Aided Design

 

10

4.5 Availability of optional Language Modules in parts C and D

Language modules are graded 1-6.  Level 1 is 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 credit at level 2 in the chosen language. Level 5 requires a GCE ‘A’ level of at least grade D or credit at level 4.  Students in Part D may elect to take ONE or TWO modules.

 4.5.1 Semester 1

  Code

 

Title

Modular Weight

Available in Part

LAN101

French 1

10

C

LAN103

French 3

10

C or D

LAN105

French 5

10

C or D

LAN107

French 7

10

D

LAN201

German 1

10

C

LAN203

German 3

10

C or D

LAN205

German 5

10

C or D

LAN207

German 7

10

D

LAN301

Spanish 1

10

C

LAN303

Spanish 3

10

C or D

LAN305

Spanish 5

10

C or D

LAN401

Mandarin Chinese A

10

C

LAN403

Mandarin Chinese C

10

C or D

LAN405

Mandarin Chinese E

10

D

4.5.2 Semester 2

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Available in Part

 

LAN122

French 2

10

C

LAN124

French 4

10

C or D

LAN126

French 6

10

C or D

LAN128

French 8

10

D

LAN222

German 2

10

C

LAN224

German 4

10

C or D

LAN226

German 6

10

C or D

LAN228

German 8

10

D

LAN322

Spanish 2

10

C

LAN324

Spanish 4

10

C or D

LAN326

Spanish 6

10

C or D

LAN422

Mandarin Chinese B

10

C

LAN424

Mandarin Chinese D

10

C or D

LAN426

Mandarin Chinese F

10

D

4.6    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.  An acceptable learning programme must include a major group project and studies at an advanced/masters level with modular weight not less than 20.  

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for Progression and Award of Degree

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 Regulation XX but also: 

5.1.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C, 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 For candidates who commenced study on the programme before September 2014 who fail to satisfy the progression requirements stated in paragraphs 5.1.1 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 or 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 BEng Honours Degree programme in Product Design Engineering, provided that the candidate has satisfied the criteria for progression on the BEng programme at the appropriate point.

Any candidate who, having successfully completed Part C, is unable to commence or complete Part D or who fails to achieve the criteria necessary for the award of MEng may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded the degree of BEng in Product Design 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 BEng programme.  

5.3  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

Candidate’s final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B, C and D 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 20: Part C 40: Part D 40) to determine the overall average percentage mark for the Programme (the Programme Mark).

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