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Instrumentation and Control Engineering (Extended)

BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering (Extended)

UCAS code: H664 BEng/ICEEx

Instrumentation and control is a field applicable to many sectors of industry. It enables efficient and safe automatic control of large-scale continuous processes including nuclear power stations, oil refineries and chemical plants, down to smaller batch operations such as manufacturing, breweries and other food production facilities. These technologies are also applicable to many other areas, from advanced aircraft flight control to city traffic management systems.

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  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year)

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This degree includes an integrated foundation year if you don’t have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for direct entry to Year 1 of the degree. The foundation year helps you develop your knowledge in mathematics and other important subjects to enable you to proceed confidently through the remainder of the programme.

The North East is a major centre for industries constantly seeking well-qualified engineering graduates. This degree programme takes full advantage of the University's location by providing you with significant practical elements and opportunities to engage with industry. Teesside University is a natural choice for students aiming high and seeking a solid base of engineering knowledge and skills from which to climb the career ladder. The programme is built around a pair of discipline-based threads – measurement systems and control systems. These threads form the basis of the majority of modules that run through all years 1 to 3 of the programme. The other modules, such as the maths, skills and project modules, support these threads and provide a more rounded and industrially relevant educational experience. You can work in a wide range of industries – oil and gas, manufacturing and environmental agencies.

Professional accreditation

This programme adds a foundation year to our Institute of Engineering and Technology accredited BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering.

In the foundation year (Year 0) you study a range of mathematics and fundamental science and engineering subjects, and you develop important practical laboratory skills to prepare you for the remainder of your programme. The content of the remaining years of this programme is identical to the content of our BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering degree.

The foundation year of this programme is sufficiently broad in content to provide you with the flexibility to change degree subjects after you successfully complete the foundation year.

If your ultimate aim is to graduate with a master’s degree rather than a BEng degree, after successfully completing the foundation year, and providing you achieve excellent grades, you would have the option of joining one of our integrated master’s degrees leading to the award of an MEng (Hons) degree.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Chemical Science and the Environment

Chemistry underpins many of the basic principles required by engineers, and is of particular relevance to the understanding of environmental issues. This module provides you with an overview of basic chemistry, and the application of scientific concepts in the context of the environment.

Topics covered include the Periodic Table, atomic theory, acids and alkalis, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, environmental pollution, its effect and treatment, energy resources, generation and use, waste management, sustainable engineering, building technologies and transport.

Communication and Laboratory Skills

Through this module, you develop your communication skills, the application of information technology for engineering purposes, and safe laboratory working skills in the context of a variety of engineering applications. This prepares you for progressing to study engineering honours degree courses, and helps you choose which engineering course you may wish to pursue.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science

This module gives you a grounding in electrical and electronic engineering principles and is designed to underpin modules in the first year of the electrical and electronic engineering courses.

Fundamentals of Mathematics for Engineering A

This module introduces you to the mathematical notation and techniques relevant to studying engineering at undergraduate level. The emphasis is on developing the skills that will enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. You cover algebraic manipulation and equations, the solution of triangles, an introduction to vectors and an introduction to probability and descriptive statistics.

Fundamentals of Mathematics for Engineering B

This module introduces you to the mathematical notation and techniques relevant to studying engineering at undergraduate level. The emphasis is on developing the skills that will enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. You cover the concept of a function, logarithm and exponential functions, straight-lines and curves, elementary differential and integral calculus.

Materials and Mechanics Engineering Science

This module introduces you to the properties of engineering materials and fluids, such as tensile strength, density and viscosity.

We also introduce heat transfer and fluid mechanics and their applications to practical engineering systems.

We look at the principles of linear and rotational motion and applications to mechanical systems in engineering.

There is emphasis on problem solving using various engineering principles, and we include practical work to reinforce your understanding of these principles.

Course material is delivered in three hours of class time a week during which we combine lectures with problem solving tutorial sessions and some additional practical sessions. The problem solving tutorials and the practical sessions are used to reinforce principles.

We offer support and help during the problem solving tutorials and laboratory sessions and encourage you to use the e-learning support available.

At the end of the module you should:

  • know and use a limited range of scientific investigative procedures in simple, tutor defined contexts
  • possess a given scientific knowledge base and begin to recognise the scope of engineering science
  • be able to gather data from given sources in closely defined contexts with significant tutor guidance
  • be able to construct a supported argument or interpretation within tutor-defined contexts
  • be able to apply given mathematical tools and methods to a well defined problem and show emerging recognition of the complexity of associated issues
  • be able to operate ethically in predictable, defined contexts that require use of a specified range of standard techniques
  • be able to act with limited autonomy, under direction or supervision, within defined guidelines
  • be able to demonstrate a developing ability to communicate in speech and writing in an academic context
  • be able to demonstrate a developing ability to apply numerical and statistical skills in simple contexts
  • be able to use basic IT tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, information searching, in simple contexts
  • be able to engage in team activities to enhance a cooperative approach to learning and working.

 

Year 1 core modules

Calculus

Introducing the skills you need to study engineering at degree level, this module covers differential and integral calculus.

You develop your mathematical skills and learn techniques of fundamental operations such as differentiation and integration to solve differential equations.

You also improve your ability to select and apply appropriate calculus techniques to solve engineering problems.

Digital Electronics and Programmable Logic Controllers

You gain an introduction to basic digital logic operations and simple digital logic circuits. The module then examines microprocessor fundamentals and the programming of microprocessors in assembly language. Weekly lectures explain theory, discuss applications and develop your learning through the solution of simplified illustrative examples. Fortnightly, practical sessions reinforce the lecture material in digital electronics and provide an opportunity for you to program a microprocessor system using assembly language. You are assessed through a combination of in-course assignments and an end examination

Electrical and Electronic Principles

This module gives you a basic understanding of the physical fundamentals used in electrical engineering, together with specific techniques you need to determine the behaviour of electric circuits.

We cover the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory, analysis of electrical circuits, give you an understanding of simple analogue and digital circuits and an appreciation of their application to engineering problems.

We look at voltage, current, power, energy, resistance and impedance. Also magnetic fields and inductance, electric fields and capacitance, Kirchhoff’s Laws. We examine time varying voltages and currents, effects on inductors and capacitors, sinusoidal voltage and current use of symbolic notation.

You also study power, reactive power and apparent power, circuit analysis techniques, mesh and nodal analysis, transistors and properties of amplifiers.

Our primary method of teaching is lectures supported by laboratory sessions, tutorials, problem solving and directed learning.

You learn how to:

  • understand and use key elements of electrical and electronic theory
  • apply given tools in the solution of well defined electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • apply numerical skills to simple electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • use basic IT tools and specialist software to solve simple electrical and electronic engineering problems.

Engineering Design and CAD

You are introduced to the basic principles and practice of engineering design and the use of computer-aided design (CAD) systems. You are introduced to methods of graphical communication, competing requirements and organising design data. You use CAD to produce simple orthographic and schematic representations of engineered components. Your lectures cover design theory and you use our IT labs for computer-aided design.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Group Design Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through all the en-gineering programmes. You are exposed to the practice of creating an engineered design and to the organisational issues of controlling and participating in a group project.

It will provide the opportunity to work in a team in order to solve a well defined problem. In the process, you will gain understanding of your own and other people’s knowledge and limitations, along with an appreciation of group dynamics and the process and importance of working with other members of a team.

An entire week is taken out from the standard teaching timetable and allocated to this module which allows the real time application of skills and knowledge developed in the preceding weeks to be applied to enable manufacture of the designed product.

Each group of students will be expected to produce a tangible output from the design and manufacturing work which will account for 60% of the module. For the remaining 40% of marks, you will be assessed on the group work process.

Physics and Instrumentation

This module provides you with an introduction to instrumentation, through studying the principles and characteristics of measurement systems and elements, and their underlying physical principles.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • gather record, describe and evaluate sensor and system data from a variety of sources
  • demonstrate practical ability in carrying out experimental physical measurements, within defined contexts in areas relevant to physics and instrumentation
  • present written evidence to demonstrate understanding of experimental investigation of underlying physical principles of measurement sensors and systems.

You will be assessed on an exam, system design exercise and laboratory report.

Professional Skills

Knowledge of your degree subject is not the only thing you will learn at university, nor is it the only thing which potential employers will be looking for after graduation. You also need to develop a range of skills that are applicable in all walks of life. These include:
- the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to different audiences, both orally and in writing
- the ability to make an effective contribution as a member of a team, and also to work independently or on your own initiative when required
- the ability to tackle problems for which all the necessary knowledge is not available
- the ability to locate information and assess its usefulness
- the ability to make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology.

You also learn to assess their own performance - recognising and building on your strengths, identifying and improving your weaknesses.

This module is the first in a series running through each degree programme in which these key skills are explicitly developed and assessed, by means of a series of learning activities that require the use of different skills, while also teaching key aspects of the chosen subject. The module is delivered via a combination of seminars, laboratory classes and some lectures; the exact pattern will be different for different degree programmes. Assessment is via reflective statements, which require students to identify knowledge and skills that have been developed during the module

Properties of Materials

This module provides you with a foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials, together with a hands-on appreciation of these through laboratory-based practical sessions.

Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance will be explored to highlight factors that influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

 

Year 2 core modules

Electrical Machines

You study electrical machines and cover all the major machines: DC, induction, and synchronous, as well as some special machines including stepper and variable reluctance motors.

You also perform in-depth investigations into machine performance and operation characteristics, in both analytical and experimental methods, using laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of DC and AC machine performance during practical sessions.

Electronics and Networks

In this module we use a computer-based teaching approach to provide a thorough understanding of network theory, integrated-circuit operational amplifiers and feedback.

You review and extend the network theory underpinning this module and discover the characteristics and limitations of operational amplifiers (op-amps). We also examine the effects of various feedback configurations on op-amp performance and investigate a wide range of op-amp applications and design circuits to given specifications.

We look at basic amplifier concepts, basic op-amp configurations, feedback principles and op-amp imperfections.

Lectures are the main vehicle for presenting fundamentals and doing worked examples. We provide a detailed set of course notes.

Tutorial sessions (laboratory based) cover the analysis and design of circuits associated with particular applications using LTSPICE (electronic circuit simulation software).

Practical work is used to develop traditional practical skills but is enhanced by computer simulations. You work in groups of not more than three.

You learn how to:

  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of aspects of electronics and networks
  • critically analyse a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks associated with electronics and networks
  • apply, question and relate appropriate knowledge and concepts to a range of activities
  • identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools or methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • interpret and use the information from manufacturers’ data sheets
  • apply practical testing methods to electronic circuits to establish system performance.

Embedded Systems

This teamwork module gives you the chance to solve an industrially relevant problem.

It develops your knowledge of embedded systems and the programming and application of these systems in real time.

Employment Skills for Engineers

You develop your self-marketing, confidence and professional skills that are typically demanded by potential graduate employers.

You are introduced to a number of role-play selection exercises often used by graduate employers; these can include preparing covering letters and CVs, online application forms, attending mock interviews, completing psychometric tests, delivering presentations and contributing to assessment centre tasks.

You develop the necessary skills to succeed at the above exercises using a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) format to emphasise the importance of skills development and career management. This module is also supported by the University’s Careers Service at key stages throughout the lecture plan.

Instrumentation and Control Design

In this group project module you work in teams to solve an industrially relevant instrumentation and control design problem. You develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support problem solving in a technical context.

Laplace Transforms

Learn advanced techniques relevant to the solution of discipline-specific engineering problems.

Module content includes the solution of second order differential equations and Laplace transforms.

You learn through lectures and worked examples which illustrate how mathematical techniques are applied.

Problem-solving tutorial exercises give you the opportunity to practise new skills and techniques.

Linear Systems and Control

You will develop a thorough understanding of time-domain and frequency-domain representations of signals and systems, and how to apply these ideas to engineering problems.

You will develop the necessary knowledge and techniques to create dynamic models of engineering systems.

We give you the knowledge and techniques for creating dynamic models of engineering systems and to apply computer-aided methods of analysis and design, plus use data acquisition systems for laboratory investigations.

We examine modelling and simulation, linear time-invariant systems, first and second-order systems, frequency response, poles and zeros, basic concepts of control, alternative control methods, fourier analysis and filters.

In lectures we explaina principles and discuss applications then give you a guided solution of relevant examples in tutorials.

In the laboratories you work in groups of up to three on a small engineering plant. You are expected to produce a model and carry out tests to establish parameters. This process enhances the theoretical work carried out in other parts of the module.

You learn how to:

  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of aspects of linear systems and control
  • critically analyse a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks associated with linear systems and control
  • apply, question and relate appropriate knowledge and concepts to a range of activities
  • identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools and methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • use the industry-standard software MATLAB SIMULINK for simulation and design of signal processing and control systems
  • apply mathematical techniques to analyse and model signal processing and control systems.

Mathematics for Electrical and Instrumentation Engineers

This module introduces further techniques that are relevant to the solution of discipline-specific engineering problems. The content includes the Solution of Second Order Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms, Fourier Series and Transforms, and Matrix algebra.

Measurement Systems

Measurement systems is a module for students majoring in Instrumentation and Control engineering. This is one of modules which distinguish you from those who are on other courses.

From this module, you will learn to analyse the performance of measurement systems including the steady state and dynamic characteristics of a measurement system or an element. You will study principles of a wide range of sensing techniques and measurement systems.

A complete measurement system may include sensing element, conditioning circuit, signal transmission and signal display (presentation). All these elements comprise the full contents of this module. Besides, the noise and interference reduction techniques and protections including intrinsically instrumentation are important to instrumentation engineers. You will also touch these topics

Measurement and control is vital in process industries. This module introduces key elements in control and monitoring systems, for example measurement elements. Application of instrumentation can be found everywhere, from domestic water and gas systems to the NASA space station.

You discover constituents of measurement systems, sensing element (primary and secondary), signal conditioning, signal processing, display (data presentation) and static characteristics of sensors.

The module is divided into lectures, tutorials and practicals.

You will learn:

  • to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the principles and characteristics of different sensors
  • to critically analyse the characteristics of system elements and their effect on system error
  • to understand the effects of noise and interference and methods of reduction
  • to employ a balanced logical and supported argument in the selection and analysis of sensor system
  • to apply numerical and statistical skills in the analysis and selection of measurement systems.

 

Final-year core modules

Analytical Measurement and Smart Sensors

In this module, you develop an understanding of the principles and technology of major analytical measurement systems. You investigate the limitations of accuracy along with maintenance requirements of analytical sensor elements.

You also review and work with indirect and inferred measurement methods, such as known addition. There is an increasing statutory element to analysis; you learn about the legal applications and requirements of certain analytical and physical measurements.

You also learn about the application of microprocessor / microcontroller systems within modern instrumentation to enhance functionality with particular reference to analytical applications.

Control 2

An introduction to control system design techniques for single-input single-output (SISO) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems using classical control theory, state-space methods and computer-based (sampled-data) digital control systems.

You cover practical techniques for creating linear and non-linear dynamic models.

Control l

An introduction to control system design techniques for single-input single-output (SISO) continuous systems using classical design methods.

You cover practical techniques of creating and simulating linear dynamic models. You also gain an understanding of non-linear systems and models.

Electric Drive Systems l

Develop your capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and integrate them into direct current electric drive systems.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You also take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. These sessions demonstrate the dependence of drive system performance on the characteristics of power converters and control schemes.

Electric Drive Systems ll

Develop your capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and integrate them into alternating current electric drive systems.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You also take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. These sessions demonstrate the dependence of drive system performance on the characteristics of power converters and control schemes.

Industrial Control and Informatics

In this module you work in a team to solve a typical employer-relevant problem using industrial informatics and computer-based control. These include – but are not limited to – using modern distributed control system components and software.

This module gives you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations, and the importance of bringing in and working with people with different knowledge and skillsets. Working in a team enables you to successfully resolve problems which wouldn’t be possible to resolve by a single individual.

This module develops a consolidated set of employability skills in managing projects, presenting work, research and commercial awareness in your technical field to support complex technical problem solving. You also enhance your awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace and related standards and guidelines.

Management Skills for Engineers

You develop advanced interpersonal skills that enable you to integrate into the workplace. You develop key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. Issues such as ethics, conflict in a team, equality and diversity, presenting to challenging non-technical audiences such as members of the public or the media and corporate responsibility are considered from a senior management perspective.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The objective of the programme is to produce graduates who possess a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of instrumentation and control engineering - and the skills and experience which allow them to analyse complex problems appropriate to instrumentation or control engineering.

This programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, exams). You are also expected to spend time on your own - this self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. In most cases, around 60 hours will be spent in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The remaining learning time is for you to use to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits so, during one year of full-time study, you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

One module in each year of your study, excluding your first year (Level 3), involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

Your course involves a range of assessment types including coursework assignments, laboratory work, presentations and tests.


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Career opportunities

As an instrumentation and control graduate you can be involved in activities such as:

  • designing and maintaining multimillion-pound chemical plants and manufacturing plants
  • developing advanced measurement and control systems
  • environmental analysis and monitoring.

Instrumentation and control graduates contribute to almost every area of modern manufacturing, service and financial industries. Graduates from similar programmes have found employment worldwide in a range of industrial and contracting companies including ABB, BASF, BNFL, Honeywell, Tioxide, Kavaerner, Sabic and Huntsman.

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS tariff based offers are 32-88 tariff points. Non-tariff qualifications are also considered. The level of the tariff point offer depends on the subjects that you have studied.

You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. GCSE (grade C or 4) a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills are acceptable.

If you are unsure your qualifications are eligible for admission, please contact our admissions office for advice.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only. We offer entrance interviews which help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree.

Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview before an offer is made. The interview is to determine your potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.

Non-EU international students who require a student visa to study in the UK must meet, in addition to the academic requirements, the UKVI compliant English language requirement. Please check our international student pages for further information.

Guaranteed Place Scheme (for UK/EU students only)
If you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) and have at least five GCSEs at grade C (or 4) or above, including English and mathematics, you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an extended degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements.
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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year)

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