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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Automotive Materials

Academic Year: 2020/21

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 Department of Materials
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Final award MEng/MEng + DIS /MEng + DIntS / MEng + DPS
Programme title Automotive Materials
Programme code MPUM02
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 8 semesters, or 10 semesters if students undertake industrial training leading to the additional award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies, Diploma in Professional Studies, or study at a University abroad leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies. These occur between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code J552, J553
Admissions criteria

MEng - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/j552

MEng + DIS/DIntS/DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/j553

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:03:47 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide an accredited honours degree programme in the field of automotive materials engineering which satisfies the needs of industry for graduates of outstanding ability who have a very strong academic background with especially outstanding business and interactive skills.
  • Greater in-depth knowledge of materials engineering will be included compared with the B.Eng counterpart programme and we aim to graduate high calibre materials engineers equipped with skills required to play a leading, technical role at an executive level in the automotive industry.
  • To encourage students to manage their own learning, communicate effectively and make use of primary source materials.

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

  • QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • QAA Benchmark Statements for Materials
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Guidelines for Accreditation

 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programmes, graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant mathematical methods and principles of materials science as applied to materials engineering;
  • A number of specialist materials topics connected with metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and automotive materials;
  • The role of information technology in providing support for automotive materials engineers;
  • Engineering principles relevant to materials selection;
  • The materials and engineering aspects of vehicle design;
  • The professional and engineering responsibilities of materials engineers;
  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at the forefront of automotive materials engineering practice.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • Select and identify an appropriate material and manufacturing route for the design of a component;
  • Utilise materials engineering principles to develop new materials/processing routes for improved performance of automotive engineering systems;
  • Solve automotive materials engineering problems, and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses;
  • Select and apply appropriate IT tools to a variety of automotive materials problems;
  • Analyse systems, processes, and components;
  • Select materials from an environmentally appreciative viewpoint;
  • Interpret numerical data and apply mathematical methods to the analysis of automotive materials engineering problems;
  • Develop the materials engineering skills to optimise manufacturing efficiency for automotive products.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programmes, students should be able to:

  • Use, and have a comprehensive understanding of, appropriate mechanical testing, corrosion testing, optical and electron metallographic, and chemical analysis methods for the study of materials;
  • Manipulate systems for the processing of polymers, ceramics, metals and composites;
  • Use appropriate computer software for design and modelling exercises;
  • Evaluate and present practical data in a format that shows originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques are used to create and interpret automotive materials engineering knowledge;
  • Explain experimental results in terms of theoretical mechanisms and concepts;
  • Research for information;
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programmes, students should be able to:

  • Organise and manage time and resources effectively;
  • Apply constructive, creative, and structured approaches to complex problem solving;
  • Exercise the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development;
  • Make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations;
  • Work effectively, both as part of a team and/or independently;
  • Organise and manage time and resources effectively; for short-term and longer-term commitments;
  • Possess skills needed to communicate effectively through written, graphical, inter-personal, and presentation media;
  • Demonstrate a high level of numeracy; appropriate to the cognitive skills required;
  • Understand the operational and strategic issues involved with the automotive industry;
  • Compile clear and well-structured technical reports;
  • To plan, monitor and record personal, educational and career development issues using the fast track route towards chartered status.

4. Programme structure

Part A – All modules are compulsory

 

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPA220

1 and 2

Introductory Materials Science and Processing

20

MPA202

1 and 2

Experimentation and Practical Skills

20

MPA222

1 and 2

Computer Aided Engineering

20

MPA221

1 and 2

Thermodynamics and its Applications

20

MPA223

1 and 2

Materials Applications and Engineering Design

20

MAA301

1 and 2

Mathematics for Materials 1 and 2

20

 

Part B – All modules are compulsory

 

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPB209

2

Materials Characterisation

10

CGB018

2

Plant Engineering

 10 

MPB312

 1 and 2

Materials Processing

30

MPB313

1

Materials in Service

10

MPB208

2

Fracture Mechanics of Materials

10

MAB101

1

Maths for Materials 3

10

MAB205

2

Statistics

10

TTB107

2

Vehicle Loading and Suspensions

 10 

TTB207

1

Machine Elements and Automotive Materials

10

TTA107 1

Vehicle Design and Development 

10

 

Part I –  Diploma in Industrial Studies, Diploma in International Studies and Diploma in Professional Studies modules

 

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPI001

1 and 2

Industrial Training Placement (DIS, non-credit bearing)

120

MPI002

1 and 2

Overseas University Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing

120

MPI003

1 and 2

Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS, non-credit bearing)

120

Ten Semester Programme

In accordance with Regulation XI, students can undertake a placement, leading to the additional award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies or Diploma in Professional Studies, or if taken at a University overseas the Diploma in International Studies. 

Participation in a placement, or study abroad, is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance in Parts A and B (and depending upon the route of study Part C).

 

Part C – 110 credits of compulsory modules, 10 credits of optional modules        

 

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

Compulsory/Optional

MPC311

1

Advanced Processing Methods

10

C

MPC321

2

Functional Materials

10

C

MPC108

1

Surface Engineering

10

C

MPC114

2

Composite Materials

10

C

MPC120

1 and 2

Vehicle and Component Design

20

C

MPC123

1

Automotive Crash Protection

10

C

MPD110

1 and 2

Masters Project

40

C

BSC522

1

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

10

O

MPB311

1

Materials Modelling

10

O

MPC101

1

Sustainability, Recycling and Environmental Issues

10

O

MPC312

1

Nano Materials

10

O

LAN---

1 or 2

Language - with approval of the Programme Director in semester 1 or 2

10

O

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1 or 2

Other Level 6 module from the University module catalogue with agreement of the Programme Director

10

O

 

Part D – 100 credits of compulsory modules, 20 credits of optional modules

 

Code

 Semester

 Title

 Modular Weight

Compulsory/Optional

MPD101

 1 and 2

Group Design Project

 50

C

MPP567

1

Advanced Materials Characterisation

 15

C

MPD321

1

Energy Materials

10

C

MPP556 

2

Materials Modelling

 15

C

TTC064

2

Vehicle Engine Analysis

10

C

LAN---

1 or 2

Language

10

O

BSC522

1

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

10

O

WSC206

2

Product Innovation Management

10

O

MPD102

2

Industrial Case Studies

10

O

MPD105

1

Advanced Materials Dissertation

10

O

MPD322

2

Elasticity

10

O

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1 or 2

Level 7 module(s) from the University module catalogue

10

O

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

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 must gain credit (≥40%) in the module MAA301 Mathematics for Materials 1 and 2 together with an overall average of 55% for Parts B, C and D.

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 average percentages 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.

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