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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering (Students undertaking Part B in 2020)

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 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


Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:46:39 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.

•    A1.   To deliver systematic knowledge and understanding of key aspects of engineering science, manufacturing engineering, innovation and appropriate management techniques.

•    A2.   To provide opportunities for students to develop appropriate design and project engineering skills.

•    A3.   To develop the ability to solve engineering problems, some complex, using contemporary ideas and techniques.

•    A4.   To enable students to manage their own learning, communicate effectively and make use of primary source materials.

•    A5.   To gain knowledge of human and project management theory.

•    A6.   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’, (Oct 2019). 

  • 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:

  • K1.   the underpinning science, mathematics and other disciplines associated with careers related to product design and manufacturing engineering;
  • K2.   engineering principles, quantitative methods, mathematical and computer models;
  • K3.   the design process and design methodologies;
  • K4.   codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues as applicable to a career in product design engineering;
  • K5.   management techniques and business practices and of the commercial and economic context of an engineering business;
  • K6.   intellectual property issues and of environmental, legal and ethical issues within the modern industrial world;
  • K7.   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:

  • C1.   define a design engineering problem and generate innovative solutions;
  • C2.   interpret numerical data and apply mathematical methods to the analysis of engineering design problems;
  • C3.   analyse, objectively evaluate and apply the principles of industrial design, engineering design and manufacturing design to product design and development;
  • C4.   demonstrate an awareness of form, function, fit, environment and safety as applied to design and manufacture;
  • C5.   show initiative, innovation and intellect in problem solving.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • P1.   manage the design process taking account of customer constraints such as cost, health and safety, risk and environmental issues;
  • P2.   use appropriate computer software and laboratory equipment;
  • P3.   research information, generate and evaluate product design ideas;
  • P4.   communicate product design ideas through the presentation of concept drawings, computer visualisations and conventional sketching;
  • P5.   prepare engineering drawings, computer visualisations and technical reports and give technically competent oral presentations;
  • P6.   demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing technology in relation to design and production;
  • P7.   demonstrate basic organisational and management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • T1.   demonstrate a high level of numeracy;
  • T2.   apply creative and structured approaches to problem solving;
  • T3.   communicate effectively through written, graphical, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • T4.   design and implement basic computer-based information systems;
  • T5.   work independently;
  • T6.   work in a team;
  • T7.   organise and manage time and resources effectively.

4. Programme structure

4.1    Part A - Introductory Modules

 Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (80 credits)

Code Title Credits
MAA306 Mathematics for Manufacturing Engineering (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
WSA102 Engineering Science 1 (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
WSA401 Product Design (Ergonomics and Visualisation) (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
WSA604 Materials and Manufacturing Processes (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSA400 Application of CAD for Engineering Designers 10
WSA501 Intergrating Studies


Semester 2

Compulsory Modules (20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSA504 Intergrating Studies 1b 10
WSA900 Electronic and Electrical Technology 1 10


4.2    Part B - Degree Modules 

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules  (40 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB501 Intergrating Studies (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20
WSB504 Application of Product Design (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)


Semester 1

Compulsory modules  (40 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB112 Engineering Science 2 10
WSB310 Engineering and Management Modelling 10
WSB400 Industrial Design 10
WSB610 Manufacturing Technology 10

 Semester 2

Compulsory Modules  (40 credits)

Code Title Credits
MAB206 Statistics 10
WSB210 Manufacturing Management 10
WSB301 Software Engineering 10
WSB413 Machine Design 10


4.3    Part I – Optional Placement Year 


Code Title
WSI010 Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) (non-credit bearing)
WSI020 Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) (non-credit bearing)
WSI035 Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIntS) (non-credit bearing)


For candidates who are registered for the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or Diploma in International Studies (DintS), Part I will be followed between Parts B and C and will be in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XI and Regulation XX.


4.4    Part C - Degree Modules

Students MUST choose 20 credits of optional modules (O) in Semester One.

Students MUST choose 40 credits of optional modules (O) in Semester Two, with no more than 10 credits from each group. 

 Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (40 Credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC501 individual Project (Sem 1: 20 credits; Sem 2: 20 credits) 40

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC200 Enigineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 10
WSC407 Sustainable Product Lifecycle Engineering 10

Optional Modules  (students should select modules totalling 20 credits)

Code  Title   Credits
WSC201 Organisational Structure & Strategy 10
WSC401 Design Methods and Communication 10
WSC600 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 1 10
WSC606 Additive Manufacturing and Product Development 10

Computer Control and Instrumentation



Semester 2

Optional Modules  (Students should select modules totalling 40 credits, with no more that 10 from each group)


Group A

Code Title Credits
WSC106 Finite Element Analysis 10
MPC012 Polymer Engineering - Processing and Manufacture 10


Group B

Code Title Credits
WSC203 Manufacturing Planning & Control 10
WSC206 Product Innovation Management 10


Group C

Code Title Credits
WSC300 Advanced Computer Aided Design 10
WSC603 Metrology 10



Group D

Code Title Credits
WSC610 Healthcare Engineering 10
WSC700 Sports Engineering 10


Group E

Code Title Credits
WSC911 Industrial Machine Vision 10


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 20.



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.

To meet PSRB requirements students must achieve a minimum of 100 credits in each part with the remaining modules achieving a mark no lower than 10 percentage points below the usual pass mark. 


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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