Undergraduate study
Instrumentation and Control Engineering with Industry

Instrumentation and Control Engineering with Industry
MEng (Hons)

H665 MEng/ICEI

 
 
 

Course overview

This programme will set you firmly on the path for high earning potential as a professional engineer. You will learn the intricacies of digital electronics and microprocessors, networks and linear control to create instrumentation and control engineering systems which have a range of applications.

From everyday items such as traffic lights or automatic doors, to more complex systems like aircraft, satellites and nuclear power plants, the uses for instrumentation and control technology are virtually endless. The North East is a major centre for industries constantly seeking well-qualified engineering graduates, and this degree programme takes full advantage of the University's location by providing you with significant practical elements and opportunity to engage with industry.

The programme is built around a pair of discipline-based threads. These are measurement systems and control systems. These threads form the basis of the majority of modules that run through all three years of the programme. The other modules support these threads and provide a more rounded and industrial-relevant educational experience.

Years 1, 2 and 3 include many of the same core modules as the BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering. In the final year, modules may take the form of mini design projects based on realistic engineering situations. This provides you with the opportunity to experience the project driven environment, typical of the commercial world. The individual project takes place across both Year 3 and the final year (the final-year individual project is a deepening extension/continuation of the Year 3 individual project). This allows you to spend a quarter of your study time in years 3 and 4 concentrating on research in an area of interest in preparation for graduation and your future career. Graduates can seek careers in a wide range of industries, such as oil and gas, manufacturing and environmental agencies.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

This accredited degree will provide you with the BEng-level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

 

Course details

All modules run through the academic year providing the opportunity for in-depth learning and experience of the subject material.

The final year completes the educational requirements (in compliance with UK-SPEC), at M-level, to permit progression to Chartered Membership of the Institution of Engineering Technology and registration with ECUK as a Chartered Engineer. Again a significant part of level 7 is dedicated to projects. The remaining technical modules are selected from two sets of options (one set providing further deepening and the other providing broadening).

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Electrical Principles

You are introduced to the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. You are also introduced to a range of standard electrical circuits and how these may be applied in engineering problems. You attend a series of weekly lectures to learn the theory, discuss applications and for solving simplified illustrative examples. You also attend practical sessions to reinforce the lecture material and develop practical electrical skills.

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 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 Practice

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.

Programme Logic Controllers and Embedded Systems

 

Year 2 core modules

Analogue Circuit Analysis

This module introduces communications principles and communications systems, including signal analysis and noise.

You develop an understanding of communications principles and transmission systems. From studying a range of elementary methods such as analogue communications, transmission media and signal analysis, you gain a technical overview and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of communications principles.

Industrial Communications

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.

Integral Transforms and Matrices

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software 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.

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.

 

Year 3 work placement

Year 4 core modules

Advanced Sensors

Control

Digital Control and DCS

Integrated Masters Engineering Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Modelling Control for Power Electronic Devices

 

Final-year core modules

Data Acquisition and Signal Processing

Digital Control, Design and Implementation

You develop your knowledge of digital circuit analysis and design as well as an understanding of digital control circuits/systems design methodology and implementation technology. You study a range of methods such as top-down design method, design automation framework and tools, VHDL modelling and rapid prototyping. You gain a technical competence and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of modern digital control circuits/systems design and implementation. You study through a series of lectures and labs, that are used to explain theory and discuss applications. Practical sessions involve the use of design tools, modelling of digital components and systems, circuit simulation and implementation.

Electronic Signal Conditioning

Enterprising Leadership and Project Management

Enterprise is about spotting opportunities, creating new ideas and having the confidence and capabilities to turn these ideas into working realities. Entrepreneurship is about using enterprise to create new business and new businesses.

This module covers a range of topics related to enterprise, entrepreneurship and the development of an inspirational leader. The skills and knowledge needed to set up and operate an engineering business will be covered. You will review their current approach to leadership, developed in earlier modules and explore your own unique leadership style. You will obtain feedback on your leadership profile from your peers and discover new capabilities. They will clarify your own sense of purpose and learn practises for sustaining yourself, your teams and your organisations.

Lectures and seminars will provide core material and explore case studies. You will work in small facilitated groups during the seminar sessions where you will examine case studies in detail and develop business plans.

Identification and Model Predictive Control

You develop the methods and techniques associated with system identification. You learn how these techniques can be used in the formulation of adaptive and model based control schemes. You consider the practical implementation of these control schemes.

Integrated Masters Engineering Research Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Robust Control Systems

In this module, you discuss the robust control problem. The module describes the Quantitative Feedback Theory (QFT) approach to robust control, and how to apply this to typical engineering problems. You then go on to discuss the use of expert systems/fuzzy logic solutions as an alternative.

 

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.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, examinations). 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.

How you are assessed

The learning and teaching strategy encourages a progressive acquisition of subject knowledge and skills by moving from study methods that have a greater degree of support and assistance gradually towards more independence and self-direction.

The programme assessment strategy tests subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition and to provide the sort of information about graduates that will be useful to employers. The strategy is robust, equitable and manageable and incorporate both formative and summative assessment opportunities.

Your course will involve a range of types of assessment including coursework, group work, laboratory work and examinations.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Your offer will be made on the basis of your UCAS application and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS tariff points: 112-128 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including mathematics. The preferred second subject is physics, but alternative science, technology and engineering subjects are also acceptable.

Typical mandatory subject grades include:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A Levels including grade B in mathematics

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an appropriate discipline including distinction in further mathematics

Access to HE Diploma in Engineering
Merit in at least 24 Level 3 credits including mathematics

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade C in higher level mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate
At least five subjects studied at higher level, including grade A (H1 if awarded after 2016) in mathematics

International Baccalaureate
Award of IB, including 5 in higher level mathematics

If the qualification for which you are studying isn’t listed, please contact our admissions team for advice on eligibility.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s 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.

English language and maths requirement
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. Typically, GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4, or passes in Level 2 Functional Skills.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree routes
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our BEng (Hons) degree courses.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants with previous study and qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2 of this degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

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

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


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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Employability

Work placement year

Teesside University's School of Science, Engineering & Design produces graduates with the problem-solving and leadership skills necessary to forge successful careers.

This programme allows you to spend one year learning and developing your skills through work experience. You will have a dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service to assist you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Throughout this programme, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.



We encourage and support you in your search and application for a work placement. If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

Career opportunities

Instrumentation and control graduates 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.

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

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

The final year is discounted from £9,250 to £6,500

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

The final year is £12,045

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 5 years (including a work placement year)
  • UCAS code: H665 MEng/ICEI
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 112-128 tariff points

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