Undergraduate study
Engineering

HND Instrumentation and Control Engineering

This is a Teesside University award delivered in partnership with your chosen college. This course is for higher technicians in instrumentation and control design, manufacture, maintenance, testing or fault finding.

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Full-time

  • Not available full-time

Part-time

  • Up to 3 years

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  • Enrolment date: September

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The Higher National Diploma (HND) Instrumentation and Control Engineering 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.

Course structure

Core modules

Analytical Methods for Engineers

You gain fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques to complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. It is a base for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced option modules. You use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at higher national level.

Engineering Science

You investigate a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This is a broad-based module, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. You gain an overview which provides the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.

Instrumentation and Control Principles

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

Project Engineering

This module develops your ability to use the knowledge and skills you learn at work and on the programme to complete a realistic work project.

We integrate the skills and knowledge you develop in other modules on the course within a piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of a working engineer.

 

plus twelve specialist modules

Advanced Mathematics for Engineering

This module introduces the concepts you need to successfully analyse engineering problems and apply the relevant numerical methods to solve advanced mathematical problems arising from engineering and technology. You are introduced to further techniques which are relevant to solving engineering problems. Topics include laplace transforms, matrices and solving partial differential equations using numerical methods.

Business Improvement Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of business improvement methodologies and techniques that can be applied in a variety of manufacturing situations. It provides you with an understanding of the principles of lead time analysis by using a range of processes. This includes using techniques to reduce set-up times for a particular application and presenting this improvement as a standard operating procedure. You also learn about the techniques employed in total productive maintenance (TPM) and using optimised production technology (OPT), and discuss the benefits.

Business Management Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It enables you to develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with engineered products or services.

The module also teaches you to appreciate the development of the fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an engineering organisation.

Combinational and Sequential Logic

This module develops the theory from a basic understanding of simple digital techniques, to more practical and complex applications of both combinational and sequential logic. It includes using manufacturers' literature to design circuits and computer simulation to test and evaluate designs.

Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis

This module provides you with an understanding of condition monitoring techniques, enabling you to systematically locate and diagnose faults. It examines the general concepts of condition monitoring including the causes of failure, monitoring methods and the analysis of data. You look at a range of condition monitoring techniques such as those used to detect leaks, corrosion and cracking in engineering systems and plant. You study and apply a range of checks, tests and other techniques in order to diagnose, locate and identify system faults. Finally, you investigate the more common causes and effects of failure and, using a range of techniques, analyse the cause and effect of such failure/s on system performance.

Control and Automation

You improve your understanding of process control and automation in order to analyse, model and predict the behaviour of complex dynamic processes. You examine control system instrumentation systems with practical issues of signal transmission and accuracy. Advanced control strategies are also considered as well as techniques for the design, tuning and application.

Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits

You gain an understanding of a range of electronic devices and circuits used in modern electronic systems. The electronic circuits includes power supplies, operational amplifiers and digital circuits. You also loan a practical kit to allow you to design, build and test a series of circuits.

Distributed Control Systems

The aim of this module is to investigate Distributed Control System concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of Distributed Control Systems and how they interact.

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

Electronics

To extend the depth of your understanding of analogue electronics, especially in the context of integrated circuits, this module covers the interaction of circuit segments (loading), temperature dependence and device variability, and how to robustly design around these problems.

You use the ‘library’ of common configurations to build larger circuits and to see how integration and component matching facilitates complex general and application-specific circuits, with examples drawn from the variety of analogue devices currently available.

Laboratories enable you to perform analysis, simulation and synthesis of relevant circuit configurations, both using components on Breadboard and by simulation in SPICE.

Engineering Design

The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project. It will enable you to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Heavy Current Applications

This module enables you to analyse the operation of a range of electrical machines, understand the operating characteristics of these machines and select the appropriate machine for a particular application. You should analyse the performance and characteristics and appreciate the applications of various electrical machines that have widespread use in industry.

Measurement and Testing

This module develops your understanding of the concepts of measurement and test. In particular you develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to perform complex measurement and test procedures.

Microprocessor Systems

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.  

Operational Amplifiers

This module allows you to investigate the operational amplifier and develop an understanding of the industrial applications of this versatile integrated circuit. You get an overview of the device and necessary background theory and circuit design. You get an insight into the applications aspects of the operations amplifier and its performance limitations. 

Optical Fibre Communication Systems

This module develops your understanding of the principles of operation of optical fibre transmission lines, light sources and detectors, and their application to communication systems. You cover the basic principles of light transmission in optical fibres, the differing modes of propagation, and the types of fibre in common use. The physical properties and operating principles of a range of light sources and detectors are also covered. You consider the performance of complete fibre optic communication systems and the applications of optical fibres to other fields such as medical electronics.

Plant and Process Principles

Programmable Logic Controllers

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.

Project Management

You are introduced to the basic concepts of project management within a school setting and build on the role of the project manager in managing project risk, teams and organisational change, addressing project management from feasibility to post implementation.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You study 16 units chosen covering the needs of local and national industries and business.

The course combines practical sessions, lectures and tutorials. You are required to complement your college-based learning with self-study.

How you are assessed

Assessment is by a range of integrated assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.


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Career opportunities

You may progress to the final year of the BEng Tech (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University.

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

Entry requirements

You need an appropriate technician or craft qualification at Level 3 or similar, and a good standard of literacy and numeracy skills. The most common eligible qualifications include A levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/National Diplomas and Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We may also consider substantial work experience in a relevant area.

If you have non-traditional qualifications, or wish to discuss your eligibility, please call our admissions enquiry phone number or email.

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.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Not available full-time

Part-time

  • Up to 3 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September

Contact details

Further information