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Undergraduate study
Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering
HNC

 
 

Course overview

The course is for learners who would like to work as technicians or technician engineers in electrical and electronics design, manufacture, maintenance, testing or fault finding.

It has been developed in consultation with local industry and combines theory and practical work with a focus on industrial applications.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with your chosen college.

The full-time route is at Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000).

The part-time route is at Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000) and Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132).

 

Course details

You study eight modules covering the needs of local and national industries and business.

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

Course structure

Core modules

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.

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 Maths (HN)

You develop the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of Higher National Engineering programmes. We provide you with the knowledge needed for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, required for more advanced option modules. You explore fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at Higher National level.

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.

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.

 

and three optional modules

Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits (HN)

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.

Mechatronic Systems Principles (HN)

You are introduced to the necessary skills and principles which underpin a range of mechatronic systems. You examine small single component systems as well as larger systems integrating components from different engineering disciplines. You also look at the control concepts used in mechatronic systems and focus on system design and maintenance. The approach is broad-based, to reflect the fact that mechatronics is multidisciplinary and not confined to a single specialised discipline. You are encouraged to recognise a system, not as an interconnection of different parts but as an integrated whole. 

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.

Utilisation of Electrical Energy (HN)

This module develops your understanding of the underlying technology involved in using electrical energy. It combines the underpinning knowledge of equipment which is found in a variety of applications with the design and calculation methodologies that are adopted by professionals in these areas.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

The course is delivered through 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.


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 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 telephone number or email.

Because this course is taught at Hartlepool College of Further Education, this course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

For additional information please see our entry requirements


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

Career opportunities

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. Alternatively, you may seek further study to HND, degree level and beyond.

 
 

Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One day a week (days may vary by location)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132)
  • Semester dates

Apply online (part-time)

 
 

Facilities

A tour of Teesside University engineering facilities and employer partnerships, enabling us to produce graduates ready for the world of work.

 

Choose Teesside

iPad

Are you eligible for an iPad, keyboard and £300 credit for learning resources?

 

Accommodation

Live in affordable accommodation right on-campus

 

Campus

Study in our town-centre campus with over £270m of recent investment

 

Industry ready

Benefit from work placements, live projects, accredited courses

 

Get in touch

  • Telephone
    Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132)
 

Open days

 
 

16 November 2019
Undergraduate open day

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