Level 5 core modules
You are introduced to advanced manufacturing technologies and the safety and technical requirements of producing manufactured goods economically. One-offs, small, medium, and large batches and flow line production are considered, as well as non-traditional and emerging technologies. The function, purpose and economic evaluation of different manufacturing technologies and strategies are investigated. Automation of manufacturing and the economic benefits against cost should be considered.
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 learn how to 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.
You are introduced to the principles and processes of lean manufacturing, so that you can become an effective and committed practitioner of lean techniques in whatever sector you are employed in. You study: scoping and defining lean manufacturing, the benefits and challenges of adopting lean manufacturing, The Toyota Production System (TPS), common tools and techniques associated with lean manufacturing and process improvement, and the most appropriate improvement tool(s) to tackle a problem.
Whilst 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 life cycle are managed in a professional manner.
You are introduced to the skills necessary to deliver a complex, independently-conducted research project within an engineering context. You are required to conduct research in order to produce a project that considers an original objective, explains the critical thinking skills employed in solving engineering problems and reflects upon multiple perspectives in order to reach a balanced and justifiable conclusion, all while employing methods of effective communication.
and four optional modules
This module develops the knowledge and skills required to perform complex measurement and test procedures on electrical and electronic systems. This module also develops your understanding of the concepts of measurement and test. In particular, the module is designed to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to perform complex measurement and test procedures.
You learn about the principles, methodologies and techniques used in process planning, scheduling and inventory management. You develop an understanding of how manufactured products and associated processes are planned, monitored and controlled and extend their knowledge of and ability to apply both manual and computer-assisted methods and procedures. Visits to industrial installations are made to supplement learning activities where possible.
This module investigates the principles of quality assurance and quality control and their function within a quality management system. In addition, you address the practical application of statistical quality control software.
Sustainability is a multidisciplinary challenge, and engineers of the future will have to work collaboratively with a whole range of other stakeholders, such as scientists, politicians and financiers, if they are to be able to produce the practical and technological solutions required within the necessarily urgent time scales.
You gain a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the issues and topics associated with sustainability and low carbon engineering. Living and working in the 21st century will bring a range of sustainability challenges that our society has not seen before. For many people on our planet key resources such as food, water and energy will be in short supply, whilst the effects of climate change will be felt by everyone.
The work of an engineer increasingly involves the use of powerful software modelling tools (virtual modelling). These tools allow us to predict potential manufacturing difficulties, suggest how a product or component is likely to behave in service, and undertake rapid and low cost design iteration and optimisation, to reduce costs, pre-empt failure and enhance performance. You are introduced to the application of relevant computer aided design (CAD) and analysis engineering tools in contemporary engineering. They learn about standards, regulations and legal compliance within the context of engineering.
Topics include: dimensioning and tolerances, standardisation and regulatory compliance (BS, ASTM, ISO), material properties and selection, manufacturing processes, 2D, 3D, CAD, solid modelling, one-dimensional and multi-dimensional problems, meshing and boundary conditions, and the finite volume method.
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
You build on your knowledge and skills gained in your HNC by studying Level 5 modules that cover the needs of industry.
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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This HND course is a top-up to a HNC. You need a HNC in the same discipline.
We are not accepting applications from international students requiring a Student Visa for this course.
For general information please see our overview of 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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The qualification provides you with the opportunity to work in a range of engineering industries.
Alternatively, you may seek further study to degree level and beyond.