- ENE Limited
- Terex and Finley
- Southwest College
- Keystone Group
- Design Engineer
- Production engineer
- Product Support Engineer
- Project engineer
Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus. Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more
Technology with Design is all about enhancing creativity and innovation within engineering.
This four-year honours degree course is offered at the Jordanstown campus by the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. The course provides an opportunity to study technology in the context of design for the marketplace. It provides the skills, technical information, and market awareness to apply your creativity in the pursuit of innovation. Teamwork is at the core of all manufactured commodities and this course promotes an integrated approach to product development. Through the course you develop the insight and the know-how to have a direct and positive effect on the way industry operates. The technology element is delivered by the School of Engineering on the Jordanstown campus and the design modules are delivered by the Belfast School of Art on the Belfast campus.
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The BSc (Hons) Technology with Design is a four-year course consisting of three years in the University and one year on Industrial Placement. Students fulfilling the requirements of the programme will be awarded a classified honours Degree with a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP).
Eight modules introduce a broad-based approach to both technology and design. The technology and engineering design modules are delivered at Jordanstown with the two creative design modules being delivered at Belfast. These modules provide a foundation for both discipline themes in the next stages of the programme. A module in professional studies module develops your understanding of ethical and sustainability issues and also helps your induction into university life.
Second year develops your understanding of design, engineering and technology. Besides the design modules in Visual information and Design Knowledge delivered by the Belfast School of Art, you study a valuable range of engineering and technology related modules including manufacturing, CAD, quality, materials science, design &industry and automation modules that help you better understand the central role of design in industry.
In Year 3 you undertake a period of paid placement in an industrial or academic setting. Placement is compulsory and is an integral part providing you the opportunity to develop your professional skills and a deeper understanding of design and industry.
The final year of the programme has five core modules, including a Major Project taken in the Belfast School of Art on the Belfast campus. The other modules, Design & Industrial Applications 3, Computer Aided Engineering and Market Intelligence, are all delivered on the Jordanstown campus. In addition you choose one optional subject; either Environmental Engineering or Manufacturing Technology.
Themes within the Technology with Design Programme
Many aspects of design are integrated throughout the course. The course has a suite of design modules that progressively develop the theme, culminating in a major design project (DES505 and DES506) in Final Year. This design project is mentored and supported by the design professionals in the Belfast Campus. Engineering Design is also developed through modules in the School of Engineering. These two aspects of design prepare you for whatever role you will undertake after graduating. Whilst design specific modules are distributed throughout the course, there other modules that contain design elements and the students are constantly challenged to produce designs in a variety of ways; the industrial applications and case studies, for example, consider engineering design from a variety of viewpoints.
The School of Engineering has a reputation for producing graduates who are excellent applied engineers and who are capable of taking up productive employment with minimal additional training. These attributes have been achieved through a combination of applied industrially-relevant education delivered by engineers who have had professional experience in industry. The undergraduate programme has a strong laboratory and workshop component to develop skills and appreciation of engineering materials and manufacturing processes.
The development of the engineer starts in the first year with modules in engineering materials and the design process, including CAD. In semester two a module in Manufacturing Processes builds on this to deliver an integrated programme of study and practical applications to involve you in a range of common manufacturing processes. By individually manufacturing a working electro-mechanical product you gain experience of the behaviour of materials, practice in selected production processes, use of hand and machine tools, working to engineering instructions, appreciation of product quality and safety in the workshop. A supporting experimental laboratory programme develops the inquisitive nature of the engineer and enables you to discover engineering principles by using modern test equipment. You are required to critique the manufactured product and processes employed for design for manufacture, cost reduction and process suitability for batch manufacture.
Your appreciation of the industrial context is deepened in year two by industrial visits to selected manufacturing engineering companies. The visits are designed to expose you to a diverse range of processes and products. Studies in manufacturing systems and automation, for example, develop not just theoretical understanding but also your practical application skills.
During year two you are also provided with guidance and assistance in securing an approved placement, either in an industrial or academic setting. The placement offers an excellent opportunity to apply and integrate the skills and theoretical understanding gained in the first two years of the course.
Diploma in Professional Practice DPP
Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS
Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI
Find out more about placement awards
This is a four year course that includes a compulsory placement in year. The course is only offered as a full-time option.
Classes are normally scheduled from Monday – Friday. There are no timetabled activities on Wednesday afternoons.
- September 2019
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Visual representation provides an introduction to sketching, drawing, physical modelling and presentation skills and addresses their importance within the design process. Through workshops, projects and lectures the module will provide an understanding of drawing and physical modelling and its close relationship with developing and communicating ideas.
This module introduces major issues and concerns within design research to broaden the student's understanding, knowledge and critical observation of design. Students are encouraged to think about design within a wider theoretical , historical and social context to enable them to evaluate and respond to discourses, past, present and future. There is a strong emphasis in establishing the rigours of reading, writing and research required at this level to develop the student's ability to support, defend and express their ideas.
Analytical Methods for Engineers
This module provides an understanding of the language and terminology of mathematics, together with the mathematical techniques from algebra, calculus and statistics that are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.
This modules makes students aware of the relevant professional, ethical, legal, and sustainability issues associated with being a professional engineer. Induction in how to study at university is included at the start of the module. Assessment is a combination of individual report, class test and team group report.
A module which integrates lectures with practical sessions in the study of the basics of common production and the behaviour of engineering materials. The student will consolidate their learning of the interaction among materials, production methods, quality and workshop safety.
A module which integrates formal study with a significant practical programme for the understanding and application of common manufacturing processes. Production of a working electro-mechanical product will deepen knowledge and develop basic skills for selected manufacturing processes. Candidates will critique their work to improve the product design and select appropriate production processes for batch manufacture.
Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 1
This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals in the use of a modern 3D CAD system to create robust 3D part modules using an introductory range of feature types.
Drawing and Design
This module includes freehand sketching, systems of projection, drawing conventions, dimensioning and tolerancing, design documentation, an introduction to the total design activity, formulation of a product design specification (PDS), material selection and manufacturing considerations in design.
The students are introduced to the concepts and methodologies of graphic design and graphic information design, the technical processes involved, their applications and effects. The role of visual information related to environments, products, packaging and corporate identity are investigated. The underlying theme for this module is the need for clarity, succinct expression and effective communication in information.
Through lectures, assignments, case studies and related information, students will be introduced to the multi-disciplinary nature of designing. The module provides an insight into the commercial world of design by studying the working methods and skills required for new design development. EHE competencies of communication skills, creative thinking, problem analysis and solving will form a core element of the module.
This module introduces Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and Systems with specific emphasis on its specification and implementation. The utilisation of AMT is analysed and the requirement for Manufacturing Information Systems specified. Workshop practice and demonstrations integrate this knowledge.
Content; industrial logic control systems, pneumatics and hydraulics in manufacturing- basic circuits, industrial applications. Programmable controllers- program representations, ladder diagrams, applications. Robotics - flexibility, geometry, actuation, performance, teaching, applications. Teaching will include lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, and lab work. Assessment will be by examination and coursework. Coursework will consist of a set assignment, a computer test and laboratory practice.
The module provides a general coverage of different classes of materials and usage of computer packages. Metallic and non-metallic materials are studied with respect to processing, microstructure, mechanical performance under different conditions, applications, cost, the environment and health and safety.
Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 2
This module builds on the fundamentals of 3D solid part modelling (MCAD1) with the introduction of more advanced solid modelling tools, assembly modelling, creation of 2D drawings from part and assembly models and surface modelling.
Design and Industry 2
The module considers creativity in design; product innovation; technical and non-technical aspects of design; safety and product liability; design analysis techniques for economic product manufacture and assembly; functional analysis; value engineering; safety and reliability through design projects; manufacturing processes; assembly techniques; material handling methods; component and product inspection and testing.
The module further develops engineering design capability across a variety of issues. Group projects provide the means of assessment. In addition a programme of industrial visits exposes the students to a wide variety of production scenarios and processes.
A module which examines the relevance and application of Quality principles and techniques to the manufacturing environment. Discussion of current topics in Quality Management and Quality Improvement is supported by study of the fundamentals of ISO 9001, Statistical Process Control, Measurement System Analysis and Nonj-Desctructive testing. This module prepares the student to contribute to these challenging activities in their early employment.
This module is a year's paid industrial placement programmed to complement the undergraduate engineer's academic studies. The student will be employed as a junior engineer to enable improvement in their understanding of the work environment and development of their transferable, communication and personal skills. The experience will enhance their engineering ability, maturity and eventual employability.
International Academic Studies
This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.
This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study in the USA; to acquire business and management skills, and to develop educational and social links. Places on the module are limited and subject to a competitive selection procedure.
The nature of innovation: market intelligence
This module is designed to provide design graduates with knowledge and understanding of one of the three tools necessary to practice new product development, design and innovation in an industrial context, the others are design and manufacture. At the end of this module students will have knowledge and understanding of the role and importance of market intelligence in the content of design, new product development and innovation, and will have an appreciation of professional practice in these careers.
Major project - report and presentation
Students, during this module, produce two bound copies of 'Project Report' around 3000 words which contain the rationale, analysis, conclusions and critical appraisal of their level 3 Major Project. Methods of reconnaissance; report structures; systems for collating and analysing information; presentation of material; are covered by lectures, tutorials and seminars to assist students in constructing their report.
Major project - designing III
This module is based on a major design brief which facilitates the applied culmination of knowledge and expertise gained during the course. Students apply their creative design and technical skills to the development of an innovative product which has market potential.
Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
This module provides a practical, hands-on treatment of Computer Aided Engineering in the context of application in design practice or manufacturing company. It majors on the more advanced part modelling techniques, assembly modelling, good modelling practice, collaboration and interoperabilty, design documentation, 3D printing, surface modelling rendering, mechanism simulation and Finite Element Analysis. It involves the utilisation of an integrated, state-of-the-art MCAD suite along with the teaching of the general principles of these technologies.
Design and Industrial Applications 3
This module is based on the execution of an industrially generated major design project through multi-disciplinary team activity involving aspects of: project management, market analysis, specification, concept design, budget costing, decision making, detail design, production planning, manufacturing requirements and product costing.
This module is optional
This module introduces environmental issues/aspects and provides coverage of science, technology, design, regulations and management systems pertaining to environmental protection, resource conservation and alternative energy sources.
This module is optional
This module involves the technology of fixed automation; computer numerical control; materials handling; low cost automation; computer integrated manufacturing; industrial robot technology; robot applications; automated inspection and advanced robotics.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The GCE A Level requirement for this course is grades BBB to include one Grade B from GCE A level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Design and Technology, Engineering or Double Award Science.
Applied General Qualifications
The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/National Extended Diploma in Engineering, Construction, or Mechanical Engineering with overall award profile of DDM to include minimum of 9 unit distinctions.
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma/National Foundation Diploma and BTEC Diploma/ National Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Faculty admissions staff by T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: email@example.com.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 (typical grade profile) including 2 from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Technology, Computing, Biology, Engineering or Physics/Chemistry. Plus English Grade H6 or above (HL) and Maths Grade H5 or above (HL) or English Grade O4 or above (OL) and Maths O3 or above (OL) if not sitting at higher level.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC (to include minimum of BB in Mathematics and a science subject).
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC (to include Mathematics and a science subject).
Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 26 points to include 13 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics or a Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of an Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall Mark of 70% and 70% in NICATS Mathematics (Level 2). Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.
Other Access courses considered individually, please contact admissions staff:
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305
GCSE Grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
OCR/Cambridge Technical Combinations
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept a range of alternative combination of qualifications such as OCR Nationals and OCR Cambridge Technicals when presented with an A Level in one of the specified subjects (please refer to A level section).
HNC requirement is overall Distinction in an Engineering, Manufacturing, Production, Mechanical, Construction, Electrical, Architectural Technology or Building Engineering subject (plus GCSE Maths grade C and an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) will be considered for year 1 entry only.
HND requirement is overall Merit in an Engineering, Manufacturing, Production, Mechanical, Construction, Electrical, Architectural Technology or Building Engineering subject to include a Merit in either Level 4 or Level 5 Analytical Methods module (plus GCSE Maths Grade C). Applicants may be considered for year 2 entry where the curriculum sufficiently matches that of Ulster University full time year 1 course.
Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree with an overall mark of 55% and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules and 55% in the Level 4 Mathematics module within the Foundation Degree. Applicants will normally be considered for entry to an associated Honours degree (normally Year 2 entry).
For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty Admissions staff by T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger.
Teaching and learning assessment
The Ulster Learning and Teaching Strategy's overall aim is "to provide students with a high quality, challenging and rewarding learning experience that equips them with ...knowledge, skills and confidence". Engineering, according to the QAA subject benchmark statement is built on three core elements, "scientific principles, mathematics and 'realisation'." The technical underpinning required in science and mathematics are taught in ways that combine traditional features such as lectures and tutorials with a range of practically based activities that embed this underpinning knowledge in the context of real-world systems and examples. Laboratory sessions include both demonstrations and experimentation, Lectures and tutorials typically contain examples, videos and physical demonstrations of the application of the scientific principles to engineering practice. Studio-based activities and projects facilitate the development of your design knowledge and skills.
There has also been an increasing use of technology in developing learning resources. This generally includes the integration of applications software packages (CAD, FEA, CFD for example) and the use of live intranet and Web resources, both within scheduled sessions and in independent study, as the School continues to build student-partnerships and a community of learners.
Apart from conventional usage of ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’ assessment problems in class tests and examinations, significant use is made of on-line assessment strategies. Oral examinations are also employed, e.g. in relation to project presentations and presentations relating to industrial placement. Diagnostic assessment features are becoming more prominent in Year 1 modules with formative assessment generally linked to summative assessment, for initial coursework submissions in the first half of semester.
Staff delivering the course are focused on the need for good quality, timely formative feedback, to encourage students and promote deeper learning as modules progress.
Exemptions and transferability
Exemption from parts may be considered based on appropriate performance in a related, designated course or other approved experiential learning (APEL). The course has been designed to enable students who graduate with a good honours degree to apply for postgraduate study towards a PhD, MSc, MRes or other higher qualification. Graduates may also apply for a post graduate certificate in education as a route to becoming a technology teacher.
Careers & opportunities
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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:
- ENE Limited
- Terex and Finley
- Southwest College
- Keystone Group
Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:
- Design Engineer
- Production engineer
- Product Support Engineer
- Project engineer
This course is aimed at students who wish to develop a career in the fields of industrial design or engineering. Alternatively, for those graduates wishing to follow a career in teaching, the course will provide an essential undergraduate experience for the school’s curriculum area of technology and design. Opportunities are also available for a range of postgraduate taught courses as well as research degrees.
Work placement / study abroad
You undertake your placement during year 3 of the course, in industry or in an academic setting. This is normally a paid placement and successful completion leads to the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation. The placement year provides you with a valuable insight into the working environment allowing you to develop design, technical and professional skills that give you a unique edge when seeking full-time employment. Indeed. many students secure offers of employmenty from their placement providers.
Alternatively, you may undertake study abroad for the award of Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS).
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
In addition to accredited status with respect to the course provision, staff within the School of Engineering work closely with a wide range of professional bodies such as:
- The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- Institution of Engineers and Technology (IET)
- Institute of Physics (IOP)
- Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
- Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
- Society of Biology (SOB)
- Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE)
- Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
- Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
- British Computer Society (BCS)
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
- £9,250.00 Discounts available
- £13,680.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
A range of prizes are available for students during their studies on the course.
Faculty Prizes can be viewed at: ulster.ac.uk/academicoffice/prizes.htmland follow the links to the Faculty of Computing and Engineering.
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.