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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours): Energy and sustainability pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

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Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with Engineering the future (T174)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T174,,1, a 30-credit module that introduces you to the extraordinary breadth of contemporary engineering. Using case studies, you’ll consider the different components of design, materials, mechanics and engineering practice and learn about how we undertake modern engineering.

Mathematics forms an important part of this stage, as it underpins your later study. In Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,MST124,,1, you’ll learn how to solve problems through mathematical modelling. Tools such as matrices, vector analysis and calculus are included to demonstrate the power of mathematics to support engineering methods. You’ll then progress to Essential mathematics 2 (MST125)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,MST125,,1, which explores calculus in more depth, as well as concepts important in engineering such as complex numbers. (Alternatively, if you have previously completed Using mathematics (MST121)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,MST121,,1, you will study Exploring mathematics (MS221)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,MS221,,1 (30 credits). MST121 has been designed to be followed by MS221 and MST124 should be followed by MST125.)

You will complete Stage 1 with Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1 (T176)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T176,,1 (30 credits). In this key introductory module, you’ll take the first steps to gaining professional engineering status by developing a personal development plan. You’ll investigate the skills and knowledge required by professional engineers, and examine your motives and ambitions. There’ll also be a compulsory one week residential school, where you’ll work alongside your peers in activities on materials engineering, structural design, metal ore refinement, noise measurement and robotics in a variety of settings.

At the end of Stage 1, you’ll be clear about the direction you need to take in your engineering qualification, and you’ll have a good understanding of the range of techniques which make up modern engineering.

Stage 2

At Stage 2, you’ll refine your ability to use engineering analysis to develop engineering solutions, and begin focusing on your chosen specialism.

Engineering is about extending society’s horizons by solving technical problems – from meeting basic needs for food and shelter to generating wealth by trade. Engineers prefer to see difficulties as challenges or opportunities. They appear to be solving problems, but they’re actually creating solutions: an altogether more imaginative activity. In Engineering: mechanics, materials, design (T207)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T207,,1 you will be exploring how technical solutions are created, you’ll combine the mechanics of solids and fluids with the structure and properties of materials. This includes aspects of engineering analysis, design, and modelling methods, using appropriate mathematical software. You’ll also develop analytical, communication, and learning skills in a context that provides grounding for higher-level, more specialised study.

You’ll continue your professional development and attend another week long residential school. This follows the same form as the Stage 1 school, but this time the activities will focus on sustainable engineering; engineering design; creep and corrosion; model dragster design and construction; and the optimisation of an electromechanical system.

Stage 2 is also when you’ll develop most in your understanding of engineering practice with the two compulsory 30-credit modules Energy and sustainability (T213)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T213,,1 and Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2 (T276)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T276,,1. You’ll study the range of energy generation solutions available to us, their underlying technologies, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. You’ll also investigate the effects of using different energy generation systems and learn how to analyse their environmental impact.

Stage 3

At Stage 3, you’ll deepen your understanding of your chosen speciality and extend your knowledge into other areas of engineering. You’ll also undertake an individual project.

You’ll study the selection, implementation and assessment of the sustainable energy technologies that you studied at Stage 2 in Renewable energy (T313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T313,,1  – using key techniques and methods of analysis to focus on pollution control and the effects of energy systems. This is set in a broad context of engineering with materials at the macro and micro scale in Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies (T356)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T356,,1. You’ll also explore Structural integrity: designing against failure (T357)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T357,,1, the concept where engineers deploy knowledge of materials behaviour to prevent failure of components and structures. 

You’ll complete your degree with The engineering project (T450)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T450,,1, designed to consolidate your studies by addressing an engineering challenge. You’ll apply the design concepts of sustainability and integrity to the engineering of a new or existing product – giving you the opportunity to interpret and use these concepts in a practical and meaningful way.

Finally, you’ll conclude your professional development planning by drafting your application for institutional membership, and by reviewing your professional engineering skills.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything up to 12 years. You will only be able to study a maximum of 60 credits a year as the engineering curriculum is designed to be studied part-time. Some modules are best studied sequentially rather than simultaneously – particularly as you develop your study skills at Stages 1 and 2.


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