West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Engineering (Mechatronics)

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Course summary

B Eng (Hons) Engineering (Mechatronics) This is a University of East Anglia validated programme, delivered by West Suffolk College in our dedicated STEM Innovation Campus. Engineering council accreditation will be sought as soon as possible Engineers are involved in virtually all aspects of the modern world and is made up of many distinct pathways and specialisations. Our degree allows a student to get a thorough grounding in fundamental engineering principles and skills before specialising in a particular engineering discipline. The study of mechatronics brings together electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering, providing a multi-skilled qualification. Especially applicable where automation is indicated, it combines well with hydraulics, pneumatics and robotics and incorporates industry 4.0. The regular engineering topics are covered in year 1, additionally workshop practices and a research project are used to develop skills utilised in the future. In year two, students choose their preferred pathway, from a choice of manufacturing, design, management and mechatronics (subject to minimum numbers per pathway). The year continues to build the foundation topics, whilst beginning specialist study. Year 3 gives the option of a supervised work placement, obtained by the student, giving valuable experience of the engineering world. The final year includes a large engineering project, counting as two modules, with additional specialist units.

Course details

Modules

Modules are subject to variation prior to validation of degree Year 1 Computer Aided Design Core skills are developed. The use of assemblies, user defined attributes, orthographic projections, tolerances, materials, kinematics and video output is investigated. Electrical and Electronic Principles The principles behind electrical and electronic devices, including power transmission, Kirchhoff and ohms laws, functions of components and design of circuits are investigated. Engineering Mathematics A grounding in the numerical and algebraic techniques used in the engineering world. Techniques are applied, experimentation will be used to prove theories. Engineering Science & Materials The application of physics and chemistry to the engineering world, the module provides core knowledge for structural analysis and links to material utilisation. Workshop Practices Students undertake hand fitting techniques, manual and computer numeric controlled machining. Assemblies are created using a variety of fixing methods. Mechanical Principles Static, dynamic and oscillating engineering systems are studied, Correlation to computer analysis is investigated. Year 2 Engineering Design This is the process of design, it looks at methods of design solution generation, creating specifications, solution selection, use of cad models and drawings for investigation and manufacturing. Manufacturing Principles An introduction to manufacturing for all classes of materials. Methodologies for high and low volume manufacturing are explored. Quality Systems Quality is a prerequisite for manufacturing worldwide. This module gives students the knowledge to ensure quality is assured and controlled in engineering. Engineering Management Principles Techniques and principles of management aligned to an engineering environment are studied. The structure, functioning and performance of organisations will be investigated Control Systems This looks at the science behind controlling simple and complex systems. Sensors, signal processing, open and closed control loops, Feedback and stability will be investigated Electrical and Electronic Applications This module provides students with the opportunity to design and build some commonly used electronic building blocks. Simulation and practical processes are used. Year 3 Engineering Project This module is the culmination of the degree course, giving students the opportunity to explore areas related to the rest of the course. Lean Manufacturing Minimising waste in both energy and materials is at the heart of lean manufacturing. It is a basic function of engineering. Quality Management Quality systems require an understanding of different philosophies, as well as where and how they can be applied. Industrial Automation The application of control systems and manufacturing techniques. Included are control systems associated with industry 4.0. Design & Analysis of Control Systems Control systems used in modern manufacturing and energy distribution are studied. The analytical and modelling skills to mathematically design, test, investigate and verify control systems are investigated. Manufacturing Simulation The module is concerned with proving designs and systems prior to manufacturing and installation, a cost-effective way of prototyping. Optional Work Placement Module The work placement module provides students with skills and experience employers seek. The placement should be over 32 weeks and sits between year 2 and 3. The module does not contribute to the degree classification but will be graded pass/ fail. Termly meetings in the workplace will take place. This is available to all students on all pathways.

Assessment method

There is formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of exams, project reports, laboratory reports, coursework assessments, The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 3
  • Year 5

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Access to year 3 an be achieved with an engineering based HNC, entry to year 5can be achieved with an engineering based HND depending on units studied. This will be assessed by tutors on a case by case basis.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are encouraged to join one of the engineering institutions. Fees vary depending on institution selected, approximately £20.
Engineering (Mechatronics) at West Suffolk College - UCAS