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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Terex and Finley
  • Wrightbus
  • South Eastern Education Board
  • JTI Gallaher
  • Devlin Prints

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Design Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Project engineer

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Technology with Design is all about enhancing creativity and innovation within engineering.

Summary

Study Technology with Design at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This course is offered at the Jordanstown campus by the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. This 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. A new generation of professionals will emerge from this course with an 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 at the Jordanstown campus and the design modules are delivered by the School of Art and Design at the Belfast campus.

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About this course

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About

The BSc (Hons) Technology with Design programme is of four years duration, consisting of three years in the University and one year on Industrial Placement which is compulsory. Students fulfilling the requirements of the programme will be awarded a classified honours Degree with a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP).

Year 1

Eight modules introduce a broad based approach to both technology and design. The technology and engineering design based modules are delivered at Jordanstown with the two creative design based modules being delivered at Belfast. In all cases these modules provide a sound foundation for both discipline areas in the latter years of the programme. The professional studies module delivers a number of skills to the student, all considered vital to a practising professional, as well as inducting the student into university life.

Year 2

Second year study builds upon that of Year 1, developing a broad understanding of design and the engineering aspects associated with it. The engineering and CAD modules, quality, materials science and automation modules and relevant case studies all enhance the student experience along with Belfast design based modules in Visual information and Design Knowledge.

Year 3

In Year 3, students undertake a period of paid placement in an industrial or academic setting. Placement is compulsory and seen as an integral part providing the student the opportunity to develop into a junior engineer.

Year 4

The final year of the programme has five core modules, including a Major Project taken at the Belfast campus. In addition the students will take one option subject; either Environmental Engineering or Manufacturing Technology. The other modules are Design & Industrial Applications 3, Computer Aided Engineering, Market Intelligence, all delivered at the Jordanstown campus.

Themes within the Technology with Design Programme

Design

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 using modules in the School of Engineering. These two aspects of design prepare the student for whatever role they will undertake after graduating. Whilst design specific modules are distributed throughout the course, there are 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.

Engineering Applications

The School of Engineering has a reputation for producing graduates who are good 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 the module Manufacturing Processes builds on this tuition to deliver an integrated programme of study and practical applications to involve the student in a range of common manufacturing processes. By individually manufacturing a working electro-mechanical product the student gains 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 them to discover engineering principles by using modern test equipment. They are required to critique their manufactured product and processes employed for design for manufacture, cost reduction and process suitability for batch manufacture.

The students’ appreciation of the industrial context is deepened in year two by industrial visits to selected manufacturing engineering companies. The visits are designed to expose them to a diverse range of processes and products. A prior set task concentrates their learning during each visit and the production of a focused report develops their technical writing skills. In effect, they must observe, examine, question, study and record targeted aspects of each visit to formulate their report.

During year two they are prepared to seek and enter an approved Industrial Placement which leads to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies. The preparation programme advises them in skills development, competitive application processes including their CV, obligations in employment and the nature and outcomes of a successful industrial placement. Representatives of several engineering companies are always engaged to deliver parts of this programme and expose the students to the realities of seeking engineering employment competitively.

In third year the students spend their time in an approved Industrial Placement. While diverse in type of industry, geographic location and work content this placement immerses the student in economic engineering practice to give them a multi-dimensional developmental experience. This period of paid work-integrated learning is designed to give the employer a useful, enthusiastic, developing engineer who will contribute to the corporate effort and gain from realistic work.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Duration

The course is four years in during (which includes a compulsory placement in year 3). The course is only offered as a full-time option.

Attendance

Classes are normally scheduled from Monday – Friday (contact the course director for further details). There are no timetabled activities on Wednesday afternoons.

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. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Core Skills

Year: 1

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.

Design Culture

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

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.

Professional Studies

Year: 1

This is a two-semester module which casts the student in the role of an engineer to work within a team to address a project task appropriate to their course of study. Learning is achieved by 'doing', supported by instruction and teaching programmed to give timely support to the progress of the project. Induction to study at the university is included at the start of the module. Assessment is based mostly on team activity and tests a wide range of engineering skills.

Materials 1

Year: 1

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.

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.

Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 1

Year: 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 a range of feature types.

Drawing and Design

Year: 1

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.

Year two

Visual information

Year: 2

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.

Design Knowledge

Year: 2

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.

Manufacturing Systems

Year: 2

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.

Automation

Year: 2

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.

Materials 2

Year: 2

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

Year: 2

This module builds on the fundamentals of 3D solid part modelling with the introduction of more advanced solid modelling tools, creation of 2D drawings from part and assembly models and surface modelling.

Design and Industry 2

Year: 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.

Quality

Year: 2

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.

Year three

Industrial Placement

Year: 3

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

Year: 3

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.

Study USA

Year: 3

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.

Year four

The nature of innovation: market intelligence

Year: 4

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

Year: 4

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

Year: 4

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)

Year: 4

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: 4

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.

Environmental Engineering

Year: 4

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.

Manufacturing technology

Year: 4

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.

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

The GCE A Level requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include grades BC with a minimum Grade C in one from GCE A level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Design and Technology or Engineering.

BTEC

The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, Construction, or Mechanical Engineering with overall award profile of DMM to include at least 8 unit distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including B1B2B2C1C1 (typical grade profile) including 2 from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Technical Graphics, Engineering, Construction or Agricultural Science. Higher Level Mathematics minimum grade D is also required.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points including grades AAAA to include Mathematics and a Science subject.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points including grades BBC to include Mathematics and a Science subject.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum 25 points (13 at higher level) to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and another higher level 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 a Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall 65% and 65% in Mathematics. Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.

GCSE

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.

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.

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 utilised (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 Postgraduate Certificate in Education as a route to becoming a technology teacher.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Terex and Finley
  • Wrightbus
  • South Eastern Education Board
  • JTI Gallaher
  • Devlin Prints

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Design Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Project engineer

Career options

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

The BSc (Hons) Technology with Design degree programme is of four year duration, consisting of three years at University and one year on Industrial placement, which is compulsory. Students fulfilling the requirements of the course will be awarded an Honours degree with an accompanying award of a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) for successful completion of an industrial (or suitable) placement.

The placement year in year 3 of the course provides our students with a valuable insight into the working environment and gives them a unique edge when they go to seek full-time employment after they graduate. Indeed, many placement providers end up offering employment to those students who completed a successful placement with them after they graduate.

Professional recognition

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

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.

Academic profile

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)

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£13,240.00

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.html and follow the links to the Faculty of Computing and Engineering

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.

Contact

Faculty of Computing and Engineering
Tel: (028) 9036 6305
Email: compeng@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director:

Dr. Adrian Boyd
Tel: 028 9036 8924
Email: ar.boyd@ulster.ac.uk