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Are you interested in how to make cars better, faster, safer, cleaner and more sustainable? The automotive industry, which includes successful manufacturers like Nissan, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover, needs engineers who can work on design, production, and research and development.

The core of the course is the same as our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. You’ll also study specialist modules covering vehicle design and aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis systems, manufacturing systems, and automotive control systems and mechatronics.

This BEng (Hons) course will meet part of the academic requirement to be a Chartered Engineer, which is associated with higher salaries. You can meet the requirement in full by studying for an additional year and gaining an MEng (Hons). If you know from the start that you’d prefer an MEng, please apply for MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering instead of this course. 

The course is inspired by a sustainable engineering agenda that will ensure you’ll be equipped to work ethically in a world that needs engineers to meet societal challenges.

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)

 Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineering and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

 

Are you interested in how to make cars better, faster, safer, cleaner and more sustainable? The automotive industry, which includes successful manufacturers like Nissan, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover, needs engineers who can work on design, production, and research and development.

The core of the course is the same as our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. You’ll also study specialist modules covering vehicle design and aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis systems, manufacturing systems, and automotive control systems and mechatronics.

This BEng (Hons) course will meet part of the academic requirement to be a Chartered Engineer, which is associated with higher salaries. You can meet the requirement in full by studying for an additional year and gaining an MEng (Hons). If you know from the start that you’d prefer an MEng, please apply for MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering instead of this course. 

The course is inspired by a sustainable engineering agenda that will ensure you’ll be equipped to work ethically in a world that needs engineers to meet societal challenges.

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)

 Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineering and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
H3M9

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University encompasses all of our work in Mechanical, Civil, Automotive, Construction and Architectural Engineering, as well as project management.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical and Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria University is among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Our expertise is reflected in the range and depth of our collaborations with industrial partners, such as Ricardo, JCB, Cummins and Caterpillar. We’ve built up excellent industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies. We organise a range of field trips to world-leading companies like British Engines, Siemens Power and EDF Energy.

Mechanical and Construction Engineering Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study Mechanical and Construction Engineering from our current students.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and group projects as well as tutor-directed and self-directed research. There’s a strong emphasis on problem-solving because we believe that you’ll learn best when you’re engaged in putting what we teach into practice.

The application of maths is an important aspect of the course. Don’t worry if you haven’t taken maths at A Level as we’ll provide additional support for you.  

Assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. They include assessed projects that will enable you to test your skills and understanding. For most modules, though not all of them, the main method of assessment is coursework and not exams. 

Staff / Meet the Team

We are an enthusiastic, committed, knowledgeable and likeable staff team, who are here to motivate you and propel you through your degree and beyond.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical and Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities for engineering. We have specialist laboratories for smart materials and composites, building and construction, control and instrumentation, and fluids and thermodynamics. 

We have a twin engine test cell, wind tunnel and virtual reality suite for research into collision detection systems and car-to-car interaction. Northumbria is making significant advances in communication technologies, electronics and Bluetooth.

Our rapid prototyping room will make it easy for you to bring your design projects to life, and our modelling workshop offers tools and specialist equipment for modelling your designs. All our facilities are backed up by specialist technicians who will give support and advice when you need it.

To facilitate group projects, there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Facilities / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering has modern laboratory and computing resources for learning, teaching, research, innovation and business engagement.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical and Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. With our problem-solving approach you’ll acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills as you progress through the course. These skills will come together in the major project that you’ll undertake, which requires independent research and appropriate techniques of inquiry, critical evaluation and synthesis.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. One of Northumbria’s signature research themes is ‘Future Engineering’, which is about innovation in the engineering and construction industries so that they are fit for purpose in the 21st century. We also have particular interests in novel construction materials, Building Information Management, smart materials and sustainable technologies.

Research / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

A top-35 Engineering research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, UoA15). This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical and Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering has been designed to partially fulfil the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)’s academic requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer. Chartered status is associated with improved employability and higher salaries.

The optional placement year will enrich your experience and provide opportunities to engage with industry. There is also an option to spend the year studying abroad, which will broaden your international experience.

Our ‘learning by doing’ approach will give you an in-depth understanding and the technical skills that are sought by employers. The major project in your final year is a great opportunity to apply everything you’ll have learnt. The outcome is not only important for assessment purposes but also to demonstrate your professionalism to potential employers. 

Our Careers and Employment Service offers resources and support that will help you find roles matching your interests and skills. You’ll be able to access a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical and Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to apply for graduate roles related to mechanical and automotive engineering. Among our graduates who are in work six months after the course, as many as 84% of them are in a professional or managerial job, according to Unistats 2015.

If you wish to undertake further study at postgraduate level, it may be possible to transfer to our MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering – though, because it’s an integrated masters degree, you would usually apply for it when you first apply to Northumbria. We also offer MSc degrees.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Book An Open Day / Experience Mechanical and Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will study core modules in Engineering Science, Engineering Analytics, Vehicle Design, Materials Engineering & Performance, and Professional & Technical Communication Skills.

Year 2

Year two You will begin to specialise with modules in: Mechanical & Structural Systems, Powertrain & Chassis Systems, Fluid Systems, Engineering Management & Economics, and Manufacturing Technology & Systems.

Year 3

Year three You will have the option to go out on an industrial placement to put the skills you have learned in the previous modules into professional practice.

Year 4

Year four You will study modules in Vehicle Dynamics, Automotive Design and Analysis, Sustainable Energy Systems, and Automotive Control Systems and Mechatronics. You will undertake a major Investigative Project in a topic of your choice.

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for people who enjoy solving practical problems and who want to build up expertise in designing, developing and manufacturing vehicles as well as in mechanical engineering. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:


From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels including Mathematics and a GCE/VCE A level in another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Engineering

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology)

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) 

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) 

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma in Engineering including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or 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 you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

KB4000 -

Engineering Systems (Core, 40 Credits)

You will learn about the Fundamental Science behind key engineering subjects. Based on this knowledge, you will develop systematic understanding of the knowledge-base of engineering subjects which will help you to be able to analyse complex issues on your own as you begin to become an independent reflective practitioner over the course of the programme. You will be taught about four key areas which are

Mechanics, Dynamics and Structural Fundamentals
Fluid Fundamentals
Thermodynamics Fundamentals
Electrical Fundamentals

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KB4001 -

Professional Studies and Technical Communication (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your understanding of the role of the engineering professions within the modern World and give you the opportunity to consider how a graduate engineer may shape the future. You will learn: how the engineering professions are structured and operate, how engineers may play a significant role within sustainable development and ethical responsibility in Global development and an engineer’s responsibility in Heath, Safety and management of risk.
You will develop and evaluate learning and communication skills to enhance your technical literacy. You will develop the ability to examine your own learning through reflection by connecting knowledge and experience through application and evaluation. Practical exercises will enable you to develop your ability to 'acquire, analyse and present' data and technical information. This will involve you in; information retrieval, data acquisition and management, as well as experiencing a range of approaches to the presentation of technical information.

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KB4004 -

Materials Engineering and Performance (Core, 20 Credits)

You will begin the module by understanding the significance of materials science and engineering for 21st century engineers and fundamentals of metal, polymers, ceramics and composites. Your will learn about different materials’ properties (including fatigue, creep) and internationally recognised standardised practices for testing them. You will develop a thorough understanding of how properties can be optimised for various materials and how you can engineer materials at various levels (i.e. macro, micro and nano) to get the maximum and desired performance from them. Principal manufacturing processes used for engineering materials within a context of the structure-property-processing relationship will be covered in detail. Awareness on sustainability (e.g. eco-auditing) and preventative measures for degradation (e.g. corrosion) will also be covered through the course of this single semester module. At the end, you will be informed about the future of materials engineering and how advanced materials are revolutionising our lives.

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KB4005 -

Introduction to Vehicle Design (Core, 20 Credits)

The module provides you a first level course in vehicle design. You will be introduced the theoretical aspects of concepts and methods of the vehicle design process and the use of engineering materials to create and develop economically viable vehicle parts and components to satisfy customer and user needs. You will carry out both computer-aided design and practical "design-make-test" exercises which require an understanding of the different properties of engineering materials.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 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.

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KC4018 -

Engineering Analytics (Core, 20 Credits)

Basic algebra and trigonometry
Transposition, simplification, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, functions and identities.

Basic calculus
Derivative as slope and rate of change, standard derivatives; product, quotient and function of a function rules; integration
as reverse of differentiation, standard integrals, area under a curve; solution of simple differential equations by direct integration.

Complex numbers
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, complex conjugate and division in algebraic form. The Argand diagram. Polar form and
exponential form, with multiplication and division. De Moivre's theorem (powers and roots). Locus problems.

Calculus
Implicit, parametric and logarithmic differentiation. Maxima and minima. MacLaurin's series. Partial differentiation, first order change, analysis of errors, method of least squares. Integration techniques (substitution, partial fractions, by parts) and simple applications of integration.

Matrices and Determinants
Second and third order determinants, evaluation, properties, Cramer's Rule for solution of simultaneous equations; matrices, addition, subtraction, multiplication, transpose, inverse (via adjoint), solution of simultaneous linear equations by matrix inversion.

Vectors
Sum, difference, magnitude, components, Cartesian representation in three dimensions; scalar and vector products, angle between vectors, application to simple geometrical and physical problems.

Differential Equations
Solution of first order by separation of variables and integrating factor; second order with constant coefficients, auxiliary
equation, complementary function, particular integral by substitution.




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KB5000 -

Engineering Management & Economics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the most important issues for managing in an engineering environment. We will introduce you to the methods used to make financial decisions in evaluating engineering and manufacturing options from an economic viewpoint. You will learn about working with people by considering the techniques used to evaluate and improve personal, team and organisational efficiency levels. Your learning will be further enhanced with content on how such factors may be influenced by quality control aspects, together with their importance and links in terms of engineering project management. You will be given opportunities to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the role of effective interpersonal communication and personal skills development.

Some of the syllabus areas you will engage with will be:

? Personal development planning, knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of conduct and the need to communicate balanced arguments relating to professional and ethical issues.
? Business Costing / Finance - Financial decision making tools, financial costing systems and budgetary control.
? Industrial engineering - The techniques used to evaluate and improve efficiency in terms of operators, machines, systems and the organisation as a whole.
? Professional Skills - Social, ethical, communication and personal development
? Quality Assurance Techniques - Total quality, Control systems used to measure and evaluate quality, Established methodologies [six-sigma, ISO9000].
? Project Management - Managing and controlling engineering projects, Project Appraisal, Teamwork, Risk management.

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KB5001 -

Mechanical and Structural Systems 1 (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will acquire scientific and technical knowledge and practical skills for the design and evaluation of stress and deformation analysis for simple and complex engineering structures.

You will learn engineering mechanics in the context of design for strength, stability and stiffness from an analytical and numerical perspective. Theoretical knowledge introduced in Engineering Systems (KB4000) is solidified and enhanced through the study of finite element methods (FEM), a numerical approach to solving structural systems. Based on these skills, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to apply stress analysis methods, including FEM, to design and evaluate real-life mechanical and structural systems.

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KB5002 -

Powertrain and Chassis Systems (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn to develop the ability to apply appropriate techniques to the solution of a wide range of problems involving powertrain development that includes engine, transmission, and driveline. You will learn how to model and design engines, transmissions, hybrid and electrical drive systems, fuel cell systems in relation to their interfaces with chassis systems.

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KB5005 -

Fluid Systems (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the fluid systems for incompressible and compressible flows. You will start with the significance of non-dimensional numbers in the context of model and prototype testing. Practical fluid flow machineries will be studied in detail. You will consider boundary layer theory and viscous flow with application to bearing lubrication and heat transfer during condensation. You will also study compressible flows and application to converging-diverging nozzle. You will be introduced to Computational Fluid Dynamics and will be able to simulate practical laboratory data using a state of the art CFD software.

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KB5006 -

Manufacturing Technology (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about a wide range of manufacturing processes starting with their classification. Following this you will explore: The relationships of; Design, Materials, Manufacturing and Form, Function and the environment in materials and process selection; Casting and moulding processes in metals and polymers; Machining processes and machine tools; joining processes and equipment; micro-manufacturing and fabrication of microelectronic devices; and surface roughness and measurement; surface treatments, coatings and cleaning.

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KB5008 -

Mechanical and Structural Systems 2 (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn the theory and methods of analysis and evaluation of mechanical and structural systems for their dynamical and vibrational behavior. You will specifically learn about Kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, Dynamic behaviour of discrete systems: single- and multi-degree-of-freedom, Matrix method, Rayleigh’s principle, Dunkerley's and Holtzer’s methods, Dynamic behaviour of continuous systems, Vibration measuring instruments, vibration monitoring and fault diagnosis, Mechanical element vibration, Structural systems dynamics and Finite Element Methods (FEM) for dynamic behaviour of mechanical elements and structures.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 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.

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KA5029 -

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one semester as part of your programme.

This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

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KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 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.

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KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KF5001 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one semester work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the placement is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 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.

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KB6000 -

Investigative Project (Core, 40 Credits)

You will learn about and demonstrate how to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in your degree programme whilst also extending your independent learning through a deep investigation of a topic, which may be of your own choice. You will develop your ability to plan, direct, progress and take responsibility for your own large scale investigative project.
You may be involved in the choice of the topic of your investigation and also be able to lead the direction of the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. Your investigation will draw upon a broad range of existing engineering knowledge and practice, apply advanced engineering techniques, allow you to draw your own conclusions supported by your findings and enable you to present your results in a professional manner.

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KB6001 -

Vehicle Dynamics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be familiarised with the aspects of automotive vehicle dynamics and their use and would develop the skills needed to investigate and improve performance. Physical understanding of automotive vehicle dynamics, including simple lateral, longitudinal and ride quality models will be acquired. An overview of active safety systems will be introduced including the basic concepts and terminology, the state-of-the-art development, and basic principles of systems such as ABS, traction control, dynamic stability control, and roll stability control. This module also reviews and shows the application of the techniques of vibration monitoring that are available to the modern engineer.

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KB6002 -

Automotive Design & Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)

You will gain knowledge and analytical skills to design and manufacture automotive components. In particular, in this module you will develop advanced techniques for 3D Design, real world static and dynamic event simulation, optimisation and manufacturing simulation applied to products. On completion of this module you should be able to accurately analyse, specify and predict a design performance using techniques covered in this module. In addition you will be actively involved in designing and building car prototypes for Shell Eco-Marathon competition.

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KB6004 -

Sustainable Energy Systems (Core, 20 Credits)

You will gain knowledge and skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in Engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyses advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems and technologies and their application to energy generation problems. The advanced systems to be investigated are combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines and towards the end you will learn about energy generation assessment and applications.

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KB6008 -

Automotive Control Systems & Mechatronics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will building on the previous learning in the programme [specifically work done in Engineering Science, Powertrain and Chassis Systems] to develop skills in dealing with automotive control and mechatronics system technologies to enable you to design the mechatronic devices and control systems for advanced automotive engineering projects. You will learn to think creatively with a broad scope of knowledge, in order to tackle ITS engineering challenges in a multi-disciplinary environment. You will develop design and planning ability through the consideration of other disciplines involved in ITS, such as computer network security, smart sensors and infrastructure, traffic management etc. Additionally, you will learn to communicate your ideas in a professional manner both verbally and visually through group work.

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