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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering (Students undertaking Part C in 2018)

Academic Year: 2018/19

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

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

Final award BEng/ BEng + DIS/BEng + DPS/ BEng + DInts
Programme title Product Design Engineering
Programme code WSUB02
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 H715 / HH1R
Admissions criteria

BEng - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/hh1r

BEng + DPS/DInts - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/h715

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:04:08 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 reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering’, (Feb.2015). 

  • 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. 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the underpinning science, mathematics and other disciplines associated with careers related to product design and manufacturing engineering;
  • engineering principles, quantitative methods, mathematical and computer models;
  • the design process and design methodologies;
  • codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues as applicable to a career in product design engineering;
  • management techniques and business practices and of the commercial and economic context of an engineering business;
  • intellectual property issues and of environmental, legal and ethical issues within the modern industrial world;
  • 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:

  • define a design engineering problem and generate innovative solutions;
  • interpret numerical data and apply mathematical methods to the analysis of engineering design problems;
  • analyse, objectively evaluate and apply the principles of industrial design, engineering design and manufacturing design to product design and development;
  • demonstrate an awareness of form, function, fit, environment and safety as applied to design and manufacture;
  • show initiative, innovation and intellect in problem solving.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • manage the design process taking account of customer constraints such as cost, health and safety, risk and environmental issues;
  • use appropriate computer software and laboratory equipment;
  • research information, generate and evaluate product design ideas;
  • communicate product design ideas through the presentation of concept drawings, computer visualisations and conventional sketching;
  • prepare engineering drawings, computer visualisations and technical reports and give technically competent oral presentations;
  • demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing technology in relation to design and production;
  • demonstrate basic organisational and management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • demonstrate a high level of numeracy;
  • apply creative and structured approaches to problem solving;
  • communicate effectively through written, graphical, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • design and implement basic computer-based information systems;
  • work independently;
  • work in a team;
  • organise and manage time and resources effectively.

4. Programme structure

4.1    Part A - Introductory Modules


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
MAA306 Mathematics for Manufacturing Engineering 20 1+2 C
MMA102 Engineering Science 1 20 1+2 C
MMA401 Product Design (Ergonomics & Visualisation) 20 1+2 C
MMA604 Materials and Manufacturing Processes 20 1+2 C
MMA400 Manufacturing Design 1 10 1 C
MMA501 Integrating Studies 1a 10 1 C
MMA504 Integrating Studies 1b 10 2 C
MMA900 Electronic and Electrical Technology 1 10 2 C


4.2    Part B - Degree Modules 


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
MMB501 Integrating Studies 20 1+2 C
MMB504 Application of Product Design 20 1+2 C
MMB112 Engineering Science 2 10 1 C
MMB310 Engineering and Management Modelling 10 1 C
MMB400 Industrial Design 10 1 C
MMB610 Manufacturing Technology 10 1 C
MMA210 Manufacturing Management 10 2 C
MMB301 Software Engineering 10 2 C
MMB413 Machine Design 10 2 C


4.3    Part I – Optional Placement Year 


Code Title
WSI010 DIS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)
WSI020 DPS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)
WSI035 DIntS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)


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.  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.  Students should note that consideration of these awards is only on successful completion of their degree programme.


4.4    Part C - Degree Modules

Students MUST choose 10 credits of optional modules (O) in Semester One.

Students MUST choose 30 credits of optional modules (O) in Semester Two, with no more than 10 credits from each group. 


Code  Title   Weight Semester C/O 
WSC501 Individual Project 40 1+2 C
WSC200 Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 10 1 C
WSC205 International Project Management 10 1 C
WSC401 Product Design (Design Methods and Communication) 10 1 C
WSC602 Sustainable Manufacturing 10 1 C
WSC201 Organisational Structure & Strategy 10 1 O
WSC400 Design for Assembly 10 1 O
WSC600 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 1 10 1 O
WSC606 Additive Manufacturing for Product Development 10 1 O
WSC911 Industrial Machine Vision 10 1 O
WSC106 Finite Element Analysis 10 2 OA
MPC012 Polymer Engineering Processes and Manufacture 10 2 OA
WSC203 Manufacturing Planning and Control 10 2 OB
WSC206 Product Innovation Management 10 2 OB
WSC300 Product Information Systems - Computer Aided Design 10 2 OC
WSC603 Metrology 10 2 OC
WSC610 Healthcare Engineering 10 2 OD
WSC700 Sports Engineering 10 2 OD

All optional module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.


4.5    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.



5. 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.



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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