Undergraduate study
Engineering

Instrumentation and Control Engineering by Flexible Open Learning
HNC

 

Course overview

This distance learning instrumentation and control engineering HNC course is for learners who wish to work as technicians/technician engineers in instrumentation and control engineering design, manufacture, maintenance, testing or fault finding or the communications industry. Developed in consultation with local industry, it combines theory and practical work with industrial applications.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) Instrumentation and Control Engineering by Flexible Open Learning provides you with a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level. This is a Teesside University award delivered under licence from Pearson by Teesside University Open Learning (Engineering).

Application dates

  • Ongoing

Professional accreditation

The HNC programme is a nationally recognised qualification awarded under licence from Pearson.

 

Course details

You study eight units chosen to cover the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

The HNC provides a sound understanding of all key principles including core modules in Instrumentation and Control Principles, Analytical Methods, Engineering Science, and a project. Further specialist subjects may include Analytical Instrumentation and Programmable Logic Controllers.

Course structure

Core modules

Engineering Design (HN)

You gain experience of carrying out a design project, giving you an appreciation of how design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You cover each stage of the process, including: client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

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.

Engineering Science (HN)

You are introduced to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

You study international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and AC/DC circuit theories.

Instrumentation and Control Principles (TUOLE)

This module establishes the principles of instrumentation and control. It follows in detail the generation of a signal from the process variable via a range of possible transducers, its subsequent conditioning and transmission, and final presentation to an output actuator or valve. The module also analyses control systems and the techniques used in process loop tuning.

Students will be provided with a learning pack where core subjects are presented in sequenced lessons that include self assessment questions with solutions to aid developmental learning. Module assessment comprises a formative element and a summative element. The formative assessment is a series of self assessment questions and answers at the end of each lesson. Feedback is also given to the students through email or by telephone. The summative assessment involves a single in course assessment comprising several elements

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (HN)

You are introduced to the techniques and best practices required to successfully manage an engineering project - from identifying a problem, through to finding a solution. You consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.

You cover: roles, responsibilities and behaviours of a professional engineer, planning a project, project management stages, devising solutions, theories and calculations, management using a Gantt chart, evaluation techniques, communication skills, and the creation and presentation of a project report.

 

Optional modules

Analytical Instrumentation

This module is concerned with modern techniques of detecting variables in industrial processes. The aim of these techniques is to ensure that the measurement, or sampled quantity, is representative of the measureand.

The module also aims to develop an understanding of modern measurement principles and recognition of how these concepts are applied in the design of commercial instruments for the measurement of both analytical and chemical composition variables.

Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (HN)

We provide you with the knowledge and understanding of fluid power systems in modern industry by investigating pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams, examining the characteristics of components and equipment, and evaluating the applications of pneumatics and hydraulics.


Electrical and Electronic Principles (HN)

You cover the basics of electrical theory from first principles to the stage where you can solve complex circuits. It covers AC theory and the issues arising from this common type of electric power. Digital and analogue circuits are covered and the issues arising from each type of control. You are equipped with the tools to analyse and solve complex electrical circuits. Electronics is introduced with simple descriptions of fundamental electronic devices, such as diodes and transistors.

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.

Microprocessor Systems (HN)

This module provides you with an understanding of microprocessor-based systems and their use in instrumentation, control and communication systems. You study the practical aspects of device selection, programming and the interfacing of external peripheral devices. The module also introduces you to the development cycle of specify, design, build, program, test and evaluate.  

Programmable Logic Controllers (HN)

This module investigates programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of PLC systems, the signals which are used and the programming techniques. You produce and demonstrate a programme for a programmable logic device.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

The course is delivered via our e-learning site. You are provided with a self-contained comprehensive study pack for each of the modules. Each module consists of a folder or folders containing a series of lessons grouped into topics. Each lesson has an introduction, your aims, study advice, self-assessment questions and a summary.

It is important that you realise that open learning study requires a considerable degree of self-discipline. You must be prepared to devote time and effort to studying alongside any other commitments you may have.

Each module is supported through e-learning @tees.ac.uk

How you are assessed

The module leaning outcomes are assessed through tutor marked assignments (TMAs). Some of the units also require practical work - we provide additional software and/or practical kit for this. After you have completed the assessment for a module, your tutor will arrange an exit interview which enables them to authenticate your work and confirm the grade. These interviews can be done in person, by phone or Skype.

TMAs are a means of continuous assessment. They contain a series of questions which can be used to satisfy the learning outcomes of the module. The TMAs for the module are available to download from the module online elearning site.

All completed answers for the TMAs should be submitted through the online site, elearning@tees. Your module tutor will grade your answers and provide feedback through elearning@tees.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including maths, plus one of the following:

  • at least one A level in an appropriate subject
  • BTEC National Certificate in an appropriate engineering discipline
  • BTEC National Diploma in an appropriate engineering discipline
  • Access to HE in Engineering
  • any other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualification in an appropriate subject


If you already have qualifications at Level 4 (or above) and you wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) then use the link here.

The maximum registration period to complete a HNC by open learning is five years. You are required by the award regulations to successfully complete at least two modules (30 credits) in each year but it is possible to complete a HNC in a shorter period by successfully completing more than two modules a year.

Bridging Module
There are bridging modules available. A Level 3 maths bridging module Foundation Mathematics for Engineers.

References
We don't require references if you are applying to study through open learning.

Certificates
You must include your qualification certificates when applying. We look for a Level 3 maths qualification such as an AS level, BTEC, NC or equivalent for direct entry to the HNC.

English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you haven't undertaken your final two years of schooling in English, you must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels below:

  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B2
  • GCSE English language grade C
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5 - reading and writing must be at 5.5 (or equivalent).

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


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.
Find out more about RPL

 

Employability

Career opportunities

Students who complete this course can progress to a Higher National Diploma or directly into the second year of an appropriate degree at the University. Please note the degree is not offered by distance learning but most are available on day release attending the University on a weekly basis.

An HNC award opens up the possibility of a career in a wide range of engineering disciplines, including design, manufacturing, project management and IT.

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies.

 

Fees

Course costs
For a Higher National Certificate (HNC) you study eight modules at £495 for each module. For the Higher National Diploma (HND) you study a maximum of 16 modules, again at £495 each. You usually pay for one module at a time. Some modules are subject to availability.

If you join the course having completed no appropriate HNC modules previously, the total cost of an HNC is currently £3,960 for the eight modules required and an HND is another £3,960 on top of this for the additional eight modules you will need to study. All payments for modules must be made through the Online Shop. The link will be provided in your offer letter.

Supplementary materials
Practical kits - several of the electronic modules require practical work to be done. Teesside University open learning in engineering has developed practical kits to enable you to complete this work at home. If you are studying directly with us you are loaned these kits as required for no extra charge (except for the return postal costs).

Software - some HNC modules require you to use specific software. Wherever possible we use free software that can be downloaded once the module is paid for. For example Business Management Techniques requires Microsoft Project and Engineering Design requires AutoCAD.

Student loans
Home students may be eligible to apply for a student loan using the student finance website - click on ‘apply online for student finance’.

Search for Teesside University and the course title for the month you wish to start your studies and apply for a loan of £990 only to cover the cost of the first two modules. You must not select the maximum allowance option. If you study more than two modules within your year, the University will issue the Student Loans Company with an electronic change of circumstances request for an increase in your tuition fee loan. Please note you must apply each year for your next student loan - for example, if your loan starts in May 2017 you will need to apply again in May 2018 for that year.

When you receive your letter of confirmation from the Student Loans Company, please email it to us at tuole@tees.ac.uk before the start of your course. Please note that the foundation modules (if applicable) are not covered by this loan.

We are an ELCAS provider, provider number 1691.

 
 

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2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£3,960 (120 credits)
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