engineering students

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Integrated Foundation Year

Produce 2 design-build projects and develop your skills through workshops, seminars and labs 

H310
4 years Full Time
Bognor Regis Campus

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Overview

On this BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree you will study mechanical engineering theory, practically apply your knowledge and skills in workshops and practical classes, and complete multiple design-build-test challenges with your fellow students. You will be issued a design brief in these challenges and use the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) engineering cycle to complete the project.

In your first year you will take part in a team CDIO challenge with other Mechanical Engineering students. The second year CDIO challenge is an interdisciplinary team challenge where you will work with students from other engineering subjects. In the final year you will work on an individual project and present your work technically to other engineers as well as to a non-technical audience.

This course contains many specialist modules to provide you with the breadth knowledge and skills you need need to prepare for a successful career in engineering and science.

On this course you will:

  • Complete yearly two-semester design-build challenges.
  • Gain and apply knowledge and skills in workshops, seminars and practical and lab based modules.
  • Study topics specific to Mechanical Engineering.
  • Be assessed through roughly 75% coursework, practical work, project work and presentations.
  • Have the opportunity to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.

Optional Foundation Year

This course includes an integrated foundation year. This means you have the option to complete an extra year of study before starting the BEng. This course is for you if you have not met the course entry requirements yet, or if you feel like you need more time to prepare for higher education and make the most of your university studies.

This varied foundation course is designed to make our STEM degrees more accessible and is delivered through small, interactive seminars and tutorials as well as practical lab. You will develop your research, communication, team work and problem-solving skills and cover a range topics including physics, mathematics, electronics and computing, and the practical application of these to engineering disciplines through design-build-test challenges.

This Foundation Year prepares you to transition to our other Engineering degrees and is not a standalone programme.

Teaching and Assessment

This course is taught in small, interactive seminar groups at our Tech Park. This is different to traditional engineering courses which often involve large, impersonal lectures. Using seminars and small teaching groups means you get more demonstrations and opportunities to work as a team with others in the department and students from related courses such as Business, Product Design or Digital Media.

The course is delivered through seminars, workshops, tutorials, computer labs, physical labs and project practical time. You will reinforce your theoretical learning with practical engineering tasks and have the opportunity to debate and discuss your experiences with peers in interactive seminars and tutorials.

Assessments

You will be assessed through a variety of assignments including coursework, written exams, lab and practical work, project work, presentations and online tests. 

About 25% of your assessments are exams, with coursework, practical and project work and presentations making up the remaining 75%. 

The Course

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and you will study 360 credits throughout your degree. Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Mathematical Foundations

This module will give you the necessary mathematics skills to start your BEng. degree. This module assumes little or no experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTech) and is essential so you can study other modules in the foundation year. You will be assessed through a matlab assessment and a written exam. You will cover topics including equations, inequalities and basic rules of algebra, geometry (2D and 3D) and introductions to vectors, matrices and probability.

Mechanical Foundations

This module will introduce you to mechanical engineering. You will begin by discussing Newton’s laws of motion and learn to apply static mechanics to determine the forces, moments and deflections acting on simple mechanical systems under load. You will cover topics including Newtonian physics, free body diagrams and static mechanics; mechanical systems in equilibrium and non-equilibrium; frictional forces; torque and moment of inertia; energy: kinetic, potential and conservation of energy; and deformations including elastic, plastic and viscoelastic behaviour.

Electrical Foundations

You will explore the fundamentals in electricity you need to complete further study in engineering and/or science and receive a general overview of electrical engineering. You will cover: fundamental electrical quantities: charge, current, voltage, energy and power; electrical circuits: DC and AC, Ohms law, resistance and resistivity; resistors in series and parallel; voltage and current dividers; EMF and internal resistance; Kirchhoff’s laws; capacitors and inductors; alternating current: Simple AC generators and the sinewave, peak, average and RMS values and frequency; and electronics: semiconductors, diodes and rectifiers, light-emitting diodes, LDRs and thermistors and some simple circuit applications.

Foundation Year Engineering Projects

This module focuses on the practical application of science and mathematics to develop engineering solutions. You will learn through a problem based engineering philosophy. You will be challenged by a typical engineering problem that requires both theoretical and practical skills to solve, and work in groups of 2-4 to complete the project. You will be assessed through a presentation and a report. You will explore: defining the project philosophy and rationale, health and safety training and PPE distribution, workshop, laboratory and experimentation skills, using workshop and laboratory facilities, testing day of proposed solutions to engineering challenge, testing proposed solutions to engineering challenges, and individual report and team presentation assessments.

Foundation Year Labs

This module will develop your basic laboratory and analytical techniques as well as your mathematical, statistical and IT skills. You will be assessed through a lab book and formal lab reports. You will practice recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book, be encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature, and learn to communicate your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.

Communication & Study Skills

This module will prepare you for full participation in engineering studies by equipping you with effective and efficient communication and study skills and practical exercise. You will develop the relevant skills to be progress onto BEng courses. You will be assessed through an assignment, group or individual assignment and an oral presentation with poster. You will study time management methods, literacy search and database introduction, critical thinking and analysis methods, report writing skills with proper formatting and referencing styles and communication skills in spoken, written and visual communication.

Mathematical Principles I

This introductory module provides a mathematical foundation for Engineering students. This module assumes some experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTech) and is essential for studying other modules in electrical and mechanical engineering. You will be assessed through an assignment using the METLAB software and an analysis assignment.

Mechanical Principles

In this module you will explore statics, dynamics thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. You will gain a wide understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering and be assessed through an assignment using an appropriate modelling software and an analysis assignment.

Electrical Principles

The module will provide you with the fundamentals, tools and techniques required for DC and AC circuit analysis. You will be introduced to the fundamental properties of electromagnetic fields and their application in engineering context. Your assessments will include a research assignment, a problem sheet and an analysis assignment.

Computer Aided Engineering

This module provides a basic introduction to several software packages used in BEng degrees. You will gain a basic competency in using these software packages. This module also stresses the importance that computer-aided engineering (CAE) plays in modern engineering practice. You will be assessed through 3 mini assignments.

1st Year Engineering Projects

This year-long module is an opportunity to work within a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion, and develop skills in appraising your results to identify solutions supported by relevant theory and literature. You will document a detailed project plan and present your work practically, visually and through presentation. 

1st Year Engineering Labs

In this module you will develop basic practical and analytical techniques while improving your mathematical, statistical and IT skills. You will practise recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book. You will be encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature. You will communicate your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.

Control and Instrumentation

This module will introduce you to the important fields of instrumentation, sensing and control design for electromechanical systems. You will then be able to select a suitable transducer and associated system for a given measurement application and to consider possible alternative solutions and demonstrate a thorough understanding of feedback control system principles.

Mathematical Principles II

This module builds on your studies in Mathematical Principles I and is essential for studying other modules in both electrical and mechanical engineering.

2nd Year Engineering Projects

This year-long module is an opportunity to work a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will build on the skills you developed in your first year and refine your ability to appraise your project results and identify solutions. You will document a detailed project plan and present your work practically, visually and through presentation. 

2nd Year Mechanical Labs

This module builds on your learning from the Engineering Laboratory module in your first year. You will develop your laboratory and analytical skills as well as your mathematical, statistical and presentation abilities. You will record laboratory data, maintain a lab-book and be encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively to interpret laboratory data. You will work to understand how data can be used by comparison with theory and other analytical methods. You will communicate your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.

Dynamic Systems

This module introduces you to using Newtonian Mechanics to model mechanical systems that evolve with time. You will explore engineering applications with these applications throughout the module, such as vehicle dynamics, vibrations and oscillations in mechanical systems, and effects of material properties on dynamic behaviour.

Statics and Materials

This module will introduce you to static loading of structures and the importance of materials to the mechanical characteristics of structures under load.

Thermo-fluids

This module provides a summary of common thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer topics, covering essentials areas that engineering students are most likely required in their professional lives upon graduation.

Manufacturing Processes

In this module you will explore an in-depth exploration of state-of-the-art manufacturing processes such as castings, mouldings, machining and additive manufacturing. You will learn the theoretical and practical skills to design and select suitable manufacturing processes for engineering structures and components using a combination of seminars and workshop/laboratory activities.

Mechanical Failure Analysis

This module will give you an understanding of the mechanisms of mechanical failure and methods to monitor signs of incipient failure and detect failures. You will explore individual component failure and how individual failures can impact their systems.

Individual Engineering Projects

This module is an opportunity to work a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion, and develop skills in appraising your results to identify solutions supported by relevant theory and literature. You will document a detailed project plan and present your work practically, visually and through presentation. You will also get the opportunity to develop your skills in time management, constructing and documenting a detailed project plan and presenting and defending your work visually and orally. You will be assessed on a final report.

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

This module will introduce you to the fundamental operating principles of commonly adopted renewable energy sources and the economic and ecological impact of these different generation types. You will cover electrified transportation and explore the technologies for future ‘smart grid’ power networks. 

Business for Engineers

This module will give you a basic grounding in business so that you can appreciate the importance of business in engineering and have the business knowledge necessary to set-up and run a Ltd. business.

Facilities

Use industry standard equipment and facilities

BEng Mechanical Engineering is taught in our state of the art Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

The Tech Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.

With teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy facilities including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences
  • Practical, project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities
  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories
  • Material preparation lab for etching and polishing samples
  • Mechanical testing lab to test tensile and impact strength
  • Fabrication laboratory
  • Dynamic and thermofluids lab
  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
  • Renewable labs (e.g. Solar PV modules and wind turbine modules)
  • Control and instrumentation lab
  • Power electronics and automation lab
  • Electrical machines lab
  • Digital electronics lab
  • Communication and circuit kits
  • Engineering workshop and Machining centre (e.g. CNC machines, drills, laser cutter, digital lathe, and specialist 3D printers)

Work Placements

Prepare for your career with practical placements

You can apply for a year long industrial placement during your degree.

Gaining industry experience is invaluable. As well as giving you the opportunity to put your studies into practice and use the skills you develop on your course, completing a placement helps to improve your CV and show employers that you’ve already completed work in industry when you graduate.

Placements years usually take place between your second and third years of study. You will spend 1 year working with a company in industry before returning to the University to complete your final year. This effectively extends your studies by one year.

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage.

Placement years are competitive. We will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement, but we are unable to guarantee placements.

Careers

Discover what you can do after you graduate

The demand for engineers is growing, and will continue to grow. An engineering degree will give you a huge choice of routes for employment, whether or not you choose to following a career in engineering after you graduate.

You will graduate with more than your engineering knowledge. You will graduate as a numerate and scientifically trained thinker with skills that are immediately transferable to a diverse range of sectors. Your independent project work, team projects, presentations, skills and lab experiences will help you develop skills that are useful in a range of job roles. You will have the opportunity to study business and enterprise modules that will prepare you for industry or to set up your own business.

Our engineering degrees offer a practical approach to learning based and follow a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses to ensure that you are highly employable and ready to make an impact when you graduate.

You could work in: 

  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Automotive industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Electrical power
  • Finance
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Utilities

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
32
Tariff Points
GCSE
C or above
in English and Mathematics

If you meet the foundation year entry requirements you will sign up to a full degree course at the same time as the integrated foundation year.

If you do not meet these entry requirements yet you could still be offered a place subject to a satisfactory interview.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.

What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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