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If you have a higher national diploma, foundation degree or similar qualification, this course will top it up to an honours degree with just one year of additional study. You will build on your all-round knowledge of mechanical engineering, adding a strong emphasis on design of equipment and mechanical systems.

The course includes covers topics like how to design reliability into machines, how to predict structural fatigue and stress, and how to manage projects effectively. You’ll also carry out a major project in a specific area of engineering design and technology.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

There’s plenty of support for you to develop the academic study skills that are required. Whatever your background, we’ll help you take the more critical, deeper and research-informed approach that is needed for an honours degree at a UK university.

On graduation you’ll be equipped to take up managerial roles within the mechanical engineering sector, having benefited from all that Northumbria University and the city of Newcastle has to offer.

If you have a higher national diploma, foundation degree or similar qualification, this course will top it up to an honours degree with just one year of additional study. You will build on your all-round knowledge of mechanical engineering, adding a strong emphasis on design of equipment and mechanical systems.

The course includes covers topics like how to design reliability into machines, how to predict structural fatigue and stress, and how to manage projects effectively. You’ll also carry out a major project in a specific area of engineering design and technology.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

There’s plenty of support for you to develop the academic study skills that are required. Whatever your background, we’ll help you take the more critical, deeper and research-informed approach that is needed for an honours degree at a UK university.

On graduation you’ll be equipped to take up managerial roles within the mechanical engineering sector, having benefited from all that Northumbria University and the city of Newcastle has to offer.

Course Information

UCAS Code
H303

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

BTEC HND/Foundation degree, or equivalent

in a related subject.

If you have taken a BTEC HND programme, we will usually expect you to have performed to an average of Merit standard.

If you have taken a Foundation Degree, we will be looking for performance to Commendation level, or 60% average.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

BTEC HND/Foundation degree, or equivalent

in a related subject.

If you have taken a BTEC HND programme, we will usually expect you to have performed to an average of Merit standard.

If you have taken a Foundation Degree, we will be looking for performance to Commendation level, or 60% average.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KB6007 -

Advanced Manufacturing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about various advanced aspects related to manufacturing systems including industrial automation and control; electrical and pneumatic control systems; and manufacturing philosophies/ tools. You will cover how these tools and philosophies can be used for conventional as well as non-conventional manufacturing systems. You will focus on the critical application of those systems in order to solve complex problems, including those in unfamiliar environments. You will learn about engaging with the theoretical knowledge: through seminar sessions and by exploring specific case studies.

More information

KB6009 -

Mechanical Design & Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the application of advanced design techniques and technologies for mechanical engineering problems. You will be covering a range of design techniques such as; Design for Manufacture, Design for Assembly, Design Failure Modes Effects Analysis etc, within integrated Computer Aided Engineering systems (CAD, CAM, FEA and CFD). As these approaches are interconnected and you will be expected to meet learning outcomes of the module by employing an interconnected approach to these critical concepts.
The role and use of Intellectual property, its protection and exploitation, will also be covered as part of the R&D/Design process.
An understanding and application of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) on how materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) are selected and specified in industry will be developed. You will also gain an understanding of materials and product manufacture and causes of materials and structural failure.
Your learning will be achieved from lectures and seminars where you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by undertaking both individual exercises such as; product deconstruction and revitalisation and group activity based exercises

More information

KB6011 -

Mechanical System Design (Core,20 Credits)

You will focus on Mechanical engineering system design and detailed skills required to design reliable machines through a systematic approach to engineering design encompassing the generic engineering design process, design methodology and components design. You will develop the skill of conducting analytical studies and apply critical thinking and comprehensiveness to your findings in order to evaluate the pros and cons of a range of options enabling you to identify the optimal strategy to develop further. Additionally, you will learn to communicate your analysis and design ideas succinctly in a professional manner both verbally and visually. You will gain experience of interpreting a design brief and identifying the key goals that must be achieved as well as areas where some flexibility may be negotiated or be desirable in order to optimise the outcome. You will learn how to think creatively in order to see an engineering problem from a number of perspectives in order that the optimal solution can be identified from the range of possible strategies.

More information

KD6004 -

Design Engineering Project (Core,40 Credits)

This module will develop the students ability to demonstrate, on an individual basis, their technical skills in designing, analysing and applying technology and engineering design to a particular task. The module also will help develop self reliance and individual responsibility.
The student will be provided with a range of predefined project titles and specifications, in the appropriate technological area, at the start of semester 1 of the session.

To meet University requirements and gain practical experience, students must perform a risk assessment to identify potential risks/hazards associated with the project.

During semester 1, the student will produce a planning/progress report. With their supervisor’s guidance, this will help the student to develop some of the key skills necessary to carry out a significant engineering project. These skills include how to prepare a project plan, how to prepare a time schedule for a project, how to do a literature search and analyse different engineering systems / projects related to their project.
In semester 2, the students must produce a final report. This report will build upon the first report and further develop key engineering skills such as time management, analysing their own performance in relation to the original time schedule. At the end of semester two each individual student will be required to provide practical demonstration / poster presentation to the supervisor, second markers and peers.

By following this process students will develop key transferable skills that can be applied to most industries.

More information

KF6028 -

Project Management and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

This module will further develop your academic skills in the planning and control of projects to the level expected on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will learn about project management techniques and professional issues associated with industry and will enhance your critical reflection and other transferable skills which will aid your studies and support your career progression after graduating.

The module will help you to develop a strong appreciation of the key issues associated with the disciplines of professional development and management and of business practices in project management. The requirements expected from a student on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme, in terms of the need to critically analyse, evaluate and reflect on material from relevant sources and from your own personal development will be covered. You will learn about a range of techniques to assist in project management and your academic study on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will study tools and techniques to enable you to set out a personal professional development strategy and plan, and the tools and techniques to conduct critical research and evaluation.

The syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:
• Key concepts, tools, techniques and approaches to project management; functions of a project manager; different types of projects; impact of people on projects
• Project management essentials: planning; scheduling; estimating; risk management; resource allocation; monitoring and control; closing projects; use of a PC-based project management tool
• Staffing considerations: selecting project teams; managing project teams; personnel training and motivation; appreciation of the computing marketplace
• Quality issues; what is quality; quality assurance; quality control; quality plans; configuration management and version control
• Professional issues: professionalism as a concept, impact of professionalism on personal development responsibilities and duties of a project manager; professional codes
• Independent learning, academic expectations and conduct, developing research techniques, using on-line support, developing skills for critical analysis, academic report writing, time-management , learning and studying / learning styles, reflecting on your academic experiences, preparing for projects, planning for the future

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KB6007 -

Advanced Manufacturing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about various advanced aspects related to manufacturing systems including industrial automation and control; electrical and pneumatic control systems; and manufacturing philosophies/ tools. You will cover how these tools and philosophies can be used for conventional as well as non-conventional manufacturing systems. You will focus on the critical application of those systems in order to solve complex problems, including those in unfamiliar environments. You will learn about engaging with the theoretical knowledge: through seminar sessions and by exploring specific case studies.

More information

KB6009 -

Mechanical Design & Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the application of advanced design techniques and technologies for mechanical engineering problems. You will be covering a range of design techniques such as; Design for Manufacture, Design for Assembly, Design Failure Modes Effects Analysis etc, within integrated Computer Aided Engineering systems (CAD, CAM, FEA and CFD). As these approaches are interconnected and you will be expected to meet learning outcomes of the module by employing an interconnected approach to these critical concepts.
The role and use of Intellectual property, its protection and exploitation, will also be covered as part of the R&D/Design process.
An understanding and application of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) on how materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) are selected and specified in industry will be developed. You will also gain an understanding of materials and product manufacture and causes of materials and structural failure.
Your learning will be achieved from lectures and seminars where you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by undertaking both individual exercises such as; product deconstruction and revitalisation and group activity based exercises

More information

KB6011 -

Mechanical System Design (Core,20 Credits)

You will focus on Mechanical engineering system design and detailed skills required to design reliable machines through a systematic approach to engineering design encompassing the generic engineering design process, design methodology and components design. You will develop the skill of conducting analytical studies and apply critical thinking and comprehensiveness to your findings in order to evaluate the pros and cons of a range of options enabling you to identify the optimal strategy to develop further. Additionally, you will learn to communicate your analysis and design ideas succinctly in a professional manner both verbally and visually. You will gain experience of interpreting a design brief and identifying the key goals that must be achieved as well as areas where some flexibility may be negotiated or be desirable in order to optimise the outcome. You will learn how to think creatively in order to see an engineering problem from a number of perspectives in order that the optimal solution can be identified from the range of possible strategies.

More information

KD6004 -

Design Engineering Project (Core,40 Credits)

This module will develop the students ability to demonstrate, on an individual basis, their technical skills in designing, analysing and applying technology and engineering design to a particular task. The module also will help develop self reliance and individual responsibility.
The student will be provided with a range of predefined project titles and specifications, in the appropriate technological area, at the start of semester 1 of the session.

To meet University requirements and gain practical experience, students must perform a risk assessment to identify potential risks/hazards associated with the project.

During semester 1, the student will produce a planning/progress report. With their supervisor’s guidance, this will help the student to develop some of the key skills necessary to carry out a significant engineering project. These skills include how to prepare a project plan, how to prepare a time schedule for a project, how to do a literature search and analyse different engineering systems / projects related to their project.
In semester 2, the students must produce a final report. This report will build upon the first report and further develop key engineering skills such as time management, analysing their own performance in relation to the original time schedule. At the end of semester two each individual student will be required to provide practical demonstration / poster presentation to the supervisor, second markers and peers.

By following this process students will develop key transferable skills that can be applied to most industries.

More information

KF6028 -

Project Management and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

This module will further develop your academic skills in the planning and control of projects to the level expected on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will learn about project management techniques and professional issues associated with industry and will enhance your critical reflection and other transferable skills which will aid your studies and support your career progression after graduating.

The module will help you to develop a strong appreciation of the key issues associated with the disciplines of professional development and management and of business practices in project management. The requirements expected from a student on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme, in terms of the need to critically analyse, evaluate and reflect on material from relevant sources and from your own personal development will be covered. You will learn about a range of techniques to assist in project management and your academic study on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will study tools and techniques to enable you to set out a personal professional development strategy and plan, and the tools and techniques to conduct critical research and evaluation.

The syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:
• Key concepts, tools, techniques and approaches to project management; functions of a project manager; different types of projects; impact of people on projects
• Project management essentials: planning; scheduling; estimating; risk management; resource allocation; monitoring and control; closing projects; use of a PC-based project management tool
• Staffing considerations: selecting project teams; managing project teams; personnel training and motivation; appreciation of the computing marketplace
• Quality issues; what is quality; quality assurance; quality control; quality plans; configuration management and version control
• Professional issues: professionalism as a concept, impact of professionalism on personal development responsibilities and duties of a project manager; professional codes
• Independent learning, academic expectations and conduct, developing research techniques, using on-line support, developing skills for critical analysis, academic report writing, time-management , learning and studying / learning styles, reflecting on your academic experiences, preparing for projects, planning for the future

More information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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