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Engineering

Instrumentation and Control Engineering by Flexible Open Learning
HND

 

Course overview

This distance learning instrumentation and control engineering HND course is a Teesside University award delivered under licence from Pearson by Teesside University Open Learning.

The Higher National Diploma (HND) 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.

The 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 industries. It has been developed in consultation with local industry, and combines theory and practical work with the focus being on industrial applications.

Application dates

  • Ongoing

Professional accreditation

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

 
 

Course details

You study 16 units chosen to cover the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

The HND 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 level 4 modules

Engineering Design (TUOLE)

You experience the process of carrying out a design project, enabling you to appreciate that design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You look at each stage of the design process including client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Engineering Maths (TUOLE)

You gain the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. The module is intended as a base for the further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for 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. 

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Engineering Science (TUOLE)

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

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Instrumentation and Control Principles (TUOLE)

You are introduced to the principles of instrumentation and control engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems related to process measurement and control systems.

You look at sensors and transducers, signal transmission, condition and conversion, control systems, process loop tuning, valves and actuators, control valve selection and sizing.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (TUOLE)

You look at the approach required to identify the best solution to a specified engineering need. You are introduced to some of the core tools and methodologies available to engineers to maximise their chances of bringing an engineering project to a successful conclusion; meeting the specification, on cost, on time and performed in an ecologically and ethically sound manner. You are guided through the management activities needed to deliver a major engineering project. Rather than considering the details of the design solution, the analysis you undertake relates to the management of the project rather than the detail of the engineering design solution. You consider the duties and responsibilities of a professional engineer working in our society.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

 

And three optional level 4 modules

Analytical Instrumentation (TUOLE)

You discuss modern techniques of detecting variables in industrial processes. These techniques ensure that the measurement, or sampled quantity, is representative of the measure. You also 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. 
 
This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (TUOLE)

You gain an 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.
This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Electrical Machines (TUOLE)

An understanding of the operation of electric machines is fundamental to electrical engineering as it covers the operation of an electric motor, machines to generate electricity and transformers. You gain an understanding of the construction of an electric machine and the features that make it work efficiently. The control of a machine using both input power and mechanical design is covered including the use of equivalent circuit, ubiquitous in control theory. You look at DC and AC machines, synchronous and induction motors, along with generators and transformers as the characteristics are similar.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Microprocessor Systems (TUOLE)

You gain an understanding of microprocessor-based systems and their use in instrumentation/control/communication systems. You study the practical aspects of device selection, programming and the interfacing of external peripheral devices. You are also introduced to the development cycle of specification, design, build, program, test and evaluation.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Programmable Logic Controllers (TUOLE)

You investigate how programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial robots can be programmed to successfully implement automated engineering solutions.
 
You cover PLC system operational characteristics, different types of programming languages, types of robots and cell safety features.

You programme PLCs and robotic manipulators to achieve a set task, describe the types and uses of PLCs and robots available, write simple PLC programs, and program industrial robots with straightforward commands and safety factors.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

 

Core level 5 modules

Advanced Control Principles (TUOLE)

You are introduced to more advanced control theory and taught how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems related to the design of control systems. An analytical rather than heuristic approach is taken, with particular focus on mathematical modelling of industrial processes and control systems in relation to the development of effective control strategies.

You cover linear systems, differential equation, Laplace transforms, transfer functions, process and control system modelling, system identification and control system design. More advanced modern systems and techniques are also introduced to highlight current technological capabilities and recent advances in the field of control.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Further Maths (TUOLE)

You are introduced to the concepts necessary for the successful analysis of engineering problems and apply numerical methods relevant to solving advanced mathematical problems arising from engineering and technology.  

You use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Professional Engineering Management (TUOLE)

While it is essential that a product or service designed by an engineer delivers the performance required in the specification, it is equally important that it contributes to the economic viability of the company and that all aspects of its lifecycle are managed in a professional manner. You explore how a product or service is designed and supported from a business perspective. You learn how to adopt the Engineering Council’s preferred approach to your development as a professional engineer working in industry.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Project (TUOLE)

You use the knowledge and skills you have developed at work and throughout your course in the definition, management and completion of a work-related project, including the presentation of its findings to an appropriate audience. You integrate the skills and knowledge developed in other modules within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of a higher technician at work. You can chose a research based rather than work-based topic for your project if you wish.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

 

And three optional level 5 modules

Analogue Electronics (TUOLE)

You gain an understanding of signals, noise, amplifiers, feedback and oscillators, with emphasis on computer simulation and modern circuit analysis techniques and the use of manufacturers’ data.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Combinational and Sequential Logic (TUOLE)

You cover the theory of digital techniques, to more practical and complex applications of both combinational and sequential logic. You design and test circuits choosing appropriate components using information from manufacturers’ data sheets.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning
Environment (VLE).

Electrical Systems (TUOLE)

You develop the principles and practice involved in the design of high and low voltage supply, transmission and distribution systems. You learn how to analyse these systems and how to control power quality for them. The roles of generators, transformers, and control devices in electrical supply systems are investigated.

You analyse electrical supply systems with a view to selecting and co-ordinating system protection equipment. You learn how to analyse and resolve simple power systems into one-line impedance circuits and evaluate fault levels. You examine the role of current transformers and protection relays in electrical system protection according to the IEE wiring regulations, to typical industrial electrical installations.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Operational Amplifiers (TUOLE)

The operational amplifier is the most widely used analogue integrated circuit. You develop an understanding of the applications of this versatile integrated circuit. The module provides design examples that can be emulated by computer circuit simulation software.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Plant Services (TUOLE)

You are introduced to the relevant physical and chemical principles for use in the evaluation of the production, distribution and use of each of the common plant services such as steam, air and refrigeration services.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Safety Engineering (TUOLE)

You study the fundamentals of contemporary safety engineering as applied to industrial processes. You cover an introduction to the terminology, the nature and treatment of hazards, hazard analysis, risk assessment, emergency procedures and the application of protective measures associated with various hazards. You gain a firm foundation for work in safety engineering and a basis for more advanced studies of safety practices.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Statistical Process Control (TUOLE)

You gain the knowledge behind and an understanding of statistical process control (SPC). The relationship between SPC and quality control, advantages and limitations of SPC as a quality control tool and essential factors in the introduction of SPC are all included. You use suitable software packages and a variety of industry standard tools such as tally charts and Pareto Analysis. The module concludes with an overview of Six Sigma.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

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 both time and effort to studying not withstanding other distractions that may be present.

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

If you are already qualified to HNC level (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject you can use the 'apply online' link on the relevant HND to apply for a place.

If you are topping up your HNC to HND level, the maximum Edexcel registration period to complete this is five years. You are required by the award regulations to successfully complete at least two modules (30 credits) in each year.

If you don't already hold a relevant HNC (or equivalent level) qualification it is essential that you complete your HNC first before progressing onto the HND. This provides you with up to five years to complete your HNC and up to another five years to complete your HND. It is possible to complete your HNC and HND in a much shorter time frame by successfully completing more than two modules a year.

If you decide to study the HND directly without studying the HNC first, we strongly recommend you study the units that encompass the HNC before you study the other modules.

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.

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 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.
Find out more about RPL

 

Employability

Career opportunities

Students who complete this course can progress to 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 HND 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.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

2020 entry

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

More details about our fees

  • Length: 2-5 years
  • Attendance: Distance learning
  • Enrolment date: Monthly
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