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Overview

This course offers a practical engineering experience. It equips the student to work in the modern engineering workplace.

Summary

Study Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This course is offered at the Magee campus by the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. Modern technology involves an increasingly complex and challenging range of research, development and design skills applied in a wide range of industries such as automotive, aerospace, medical instrumentation, domestic and leisure products. Graduates from the programme are equipped to enter a variety of mechanical engineering areas, such as; design and consultancy, materials technology, process engineering and maintenance and particularly manufacturing and project management,. The courses place an emphasis on individual and team projects providing the opportunity for hands-on involvement and an understanding of engineering materials, processes, devices and systems. Analytical and communication skills are developed with an emphasis on computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM). The skills and knowledge acquired are applied to a wide range of real-life engineering problems.

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About this course

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About

This is the part time version of the BEng Hons Mechanical and Manufacturing course. Graduates from the programme are equipped to enter a variety of mechanical engineering areas, such as; design and consultancy, materials technology, process engineering and maintenance and particularly manufacturing and project management. The course places an emphasis on individual and team projects providing the opportunity for hands-on involvement and an understanding of engineering materials, processes, devices and systems. Analytical and communication skills are developed with an emphasis on computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM). The skills and knowledge acquired are applied to a wide range of real-life engineering problems.

Attendance

Attendance is part-time, day-time and typically requires one full day or two half days per week for 12 teaching weeks each semester. The attendance requirements may vary from semester to semester.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Modules

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.

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Year one

Mathematics for Engineering

Year: 1

The module covers topics that are suitable for a first year BEng course. These include algebra, trigonometry, matrices, calculus, sequence and series.

Introduction to Renewable Energy

Year: 1

The module provides a firm grounding in energy conversion through fundamental theory demonstrated in the analysis of conventional and alternative energy conversion systems.

Intro to Statics and Dynamics

Year: 1

MEC102 provides the fundamental principles of Statics and Strength of Materials in relation to mechanical engineering and provides a methodology for their practical application. Its content includes:

(a) Basic and derived units, static equilibrium, shear forces, bending moments and friction'

(b) Statically stressed systems both determinate and indeterminate, the theory of torsion and bending.

(c) Those theoretical and practical principles required within each topic area will be developed in lectures and

applied in assignments, tests and tutorials.

d) This module provides an understanding of dynamics, and its application to the solution of engineering problems

Manufacturing Processes

Year: 1

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.

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 1A

Year: 1

This module provides a basic introduction to the principles behind fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the application of this theory to everyday items, ranging from bicycles to motor cars

Year two

Analogue Electronics

Year: 2

This module introduces the student to analogue electronic principles presented using a combination of lectures tutorials and practical laboratories and is assessed by two class tests and a written examination.

Design and Computer Aided Engineering

Year: 2

This module includes freehand sketching, systems of projection, drawing conventions, dimensioning and tolerancing, 3-D digital modelling of parts and assemblies, design documentation, an introduction to the total design activity, formulation of a product design specification (PDS), material selection and manufacturing considerations in design.

Year three

Professional Issues

Year: 3

The module prepares students for professional work including the responsibilities and obligations of employees, employers and clients as determined in codes of professional conducts. Students will have the opportunity to practise the presentation of themselves in, for example, application forms, curriculum vitae, interview and aptitude tests. In addition the module addresses issues such as intellectual property rights and defamation, data protection, computer misuse and other ethical issues related to working as a professional in the software sector.

Engineering Analysis

Year: 3

This module provides a strong basis in important analytical techniques from algebra and calculus and statistics, which are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.

Electronics Systems Design

Year: 3

This module introduces the principles of design of analogue and digital building blocks which can be integrated to form electronic systems of moderate complexity. The module also discusses issues related to the interfacing of analogue and digital signals. Both elements of the module are presented through lectures, tutorials and practicals and are assessed using both continuous assessment and formal written examination methods.

Materials

Year: 3

The module provides a general coverage of different classes of materials. 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.

Industrial Management and Law

Year: 3

This module provides an insight to key areas of management practice and law within industrial organisations; operations management, strategic management and human behaviour within organisations. Teaching methods include lectures, guided discussions and seminars.

Year four

Design and Industrial Applications 2

Year: 4

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; factory simulation using computer techniques; computer database application for manufacturing management and processing; and design applications using 3-D computer graphics.

Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 2A

Year: 4

This module develops and extends Year 1 introductory work to include Ideal Air Standard Cycles, air compressors, and engine testing. The Steady Flow Energy Equation will be introduced and applied to steam turbines, water jets and water turbines. Friction losses in pumping systems will be extended to include head losses in valves, bends and items of plant leading to pump and systems matching studies. the application of fluid flow measuring equipment such as Pitot Tubes, Venturi meters and sharp edged orifices will be taught via laboratory practice.

Statics and Dynamics 2

Year: 4

MEC 337 provides an extension of the fundamental principles of the Statics and Dynamics of mechanical systems in relation to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems.

Year five

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

Year: 5

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

Year: 5

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.

Manufacturing technology

Year: 5

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.

Mechanical Science 3

Year: 5

This module provides adequate technological principles to allow for the solution to practical problems. Those theoretical and practical principles required within both the thermopdynamic and mechanical disciplines will be developed in lectures and applied in assignments, laboratory and tutorials.

Year six

Research Studies and Project Management

Year: 6

This module is designed to equip students with the appropriate research and project management skills needed to complete a project within the Computing domain. Firstly, the module provides an underpinning foundation of research concepts, methods and techniques necessary for project development and delivery. Secondly, the different stages of the research process are demonstrated. Thirdly, the students employ skills developed during the module to create a set of project deliverables such as project plan and proposal, critically reviewed literature papers, literature review and project presentation. Embedded in all these activities is the reinforcement of the need for adhering to recognised ethical standards and taking a professional approach to carrying out research.

Final Year Project

Year: 6

Students are required to undertake an individual project during the final year of the course. Its purpose is to provide an experience of developing a software/hardware/engineering solution to a realistic problem. This work combines skills and knowledge acquired previously on the course with those acquired during the project. In particular, students will have an opportunity to (i) strengthen their competence in project management, in taking an initial concept through to a successful implementation; and (ii) enhance their communication skills, in producing a dissertation and defending the work.

Entry conditions

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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A level

You will normally be in full-time employment in an engineering capacity regarded as satisfying the industrial training requirements of the equivalent full-time courses. You should have attained a high level of performance in a Higher National Diploma/Higher National Certificate in an appropriate engineering subject, or a Bachelor of Technology degree, or hold an equivalent qualification e.g. Foundation Degree.

You will be required to satisfy the Course Committee that you have the support of your employer for release to attend the courses.

Please check the GCSE requirements below for entry to this course.

GCSE

GCSE (or equivalent) profile to include minimum of Grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language.

The Faculty of Computing and Engineering does not accept students with Essential Skills in Application of Number as the only mathematics qualification.

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.

Teaching and learning assessment

Formal lectures are supplemented by tutorials and laboratory investigations, as appropriate. Practical hands on laboratory sessions are an integral part of many modules throughout all years of the course. Case studies, groupwork and mini-projects are also extensively used. In the final year there is a major individual project.

Generally, a combination of continuous assessment and examination is employed in each module. Continuous assessment includes class tests, library and laboratory based assignments, and individual and group project work. Some modules across all years of the course are continuously assessed.

Exemptions and transferability

Transfer between this course and other similar courses within the Faculty of Computing and Engineering may be possible on the basis of academic performance.

Exemption from parts of the course 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.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Job prospects in a wide range of engineering industries are excellent with the majority of graduates finding employment within six months of graduation. Graduates with BEng Hons, first class or upper second class award all satisfy the requirements for a wide range of postgraduate research posts and scholarships.

Work placement / study abroad

Part-time mode of study normally does not involve a work placement.

Apply

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Contact

For admissions related enquiries please contact the Faculty Office:

E: compeng@ulster.ac.uk

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305

Course Direector:

Dr JP Quinn

Director - Centre for Engineering and Renewable Energy (CERE)

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5461