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BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Engineering
UCAS Code: H300 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Engineering Director of Studies: Professor J Ye
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    To ensure that students acquire a comprehensive core of understanding in the key engineering science subjects with particular emphasis placed on topics important to the mechanical engineering subject area.

    Through an emphasis on teaching through design, to develop students’ capabilities in assessing engineering options across a broad range of subjects, their capacity to make decisions, and their creativity and flair.

    To develop students’ awareness of the social, cultural and ethical context in which professional engineers operate, and their capacity to work within the appropriate code of conduct.

    To provide a multi-disciplinary environment, to foster students’ capacity to deal with situations that cross subject boundaries.

    To invest graduates with a fitness to enter professional practice and the capacity to have a beneficial impact upon it, whether in the industrial or service sectors generally or in the Mechanical Engineering discipline in particular.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    To encourage and value the development of students’ key skills in communications, IT (including CAD, analysis and simulation tools), lifelong learning, team-working and project management. 

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates of this programme will:

    Be able to write down and verbalise the fundamental concepts of mechanical engineering science, complementing their otherwise general engineering background.

    Be able to confidently select and apply appropriate mathematical methods and principles of mechanical engineering science to model and analyse engineering situations.

    Be able to write down and verbalise general principles of mechanical engineering design, design techniques and characteristics of engineering materials and components

    Be able to apply mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to design a system, component or process to meet a need.

    Know the fundamentals of a range of manufacturing techniques and the requirements for their safe operation.

    Be able to apply fundamental concepts of management and business practices to an engineering project.

    Be able to undertake engineering projects cogniscant of the professional and ethical responsibilities expected of the engineer.

    Be able to work with others to manage a team project.

    Be converse with and fulfil the engineering function expected of a mechanical engineer in a range of industrial contexts.

    Fulfil the educational requirements of Incorparated Engineer registration and fulfil in part the educational requirements of Chartered Engineer registration with the IMechE.  

Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Learning and teaching methods include lectures, practical laboratory classes, tutorials, directed self-study and group workshops. Engineering skills will be demonstrated to students via these routes also.

    Students will learn via a project-based approach, both on an individual basis and as part of a team, on different occasions throughout the programme.

    Students will hone their skills via set problems (both written and laboratory-based) and coursework.

    Students will be required to liaise with chartered engineers inside and outside of the university, during projects and short industrial placements. They will deal with professional colleagues as well as people who will have adopted the role of customer, superior, subordinate and supplier throughout their studies.

     General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    (to include personal development and employability skills)

    Students’ capacity to learn and work independently will be developed through the gradual increase in complexity of the demands placed upon then the gradual tapering of direct support. The tutoring arrangements provide for fine-tuning of this process.

    Students will be expected to manage their studies, reading around the subject and meet deadlines as will be required in their professional lives. In the context of their project work they will be expected to present their ideas to their peers and academic supervisors in both written and verbal forms.

    Students will be required to liaise with others inside and outside of the university, during projects and short industrial placements. They will deal with professional colleagues as well as people who will have adopted the role of customer, superior, subordinate and supplier throughout their studies.  

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    • The assessment strategy is designed to be comprehensive and rigorous whilst trying to ensure that every variant of engineering skill has the opportunity to be showcased and valued appropriately.
    • Knowledge, understanding and skills will be assessed via formal examination, written report, short tests, long project report, project viva and project presentations. In the case where team-based assessment is employed (ie for some project activities) the subject-specific contribution by an individual in a given team will also be evaluated.

     General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    • General learning outcomes will also be assessed via the methods described above under subject-specific assessment, such as the correct use of engineering symbols, units, design criteria, written style/grammar and mathematical consistency. 

External Benchmarks

    • QAA Subject benchmark statement for Engineering and the accreditation requirements of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers acting on behalf of ECUK.
    • External examiners’ reports and colleagues’ own experience as external examiners/members of accrediting panels.
    • Engineering Professors' Council Engineering Graduate Output Standard.
    • Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board.
    • Student questionnaires on every module.
    • Staff participation in development activities.
    • Lancaster University Learning Teaching and Assessment Strategy.
    • Annual teaching review of the Engineering Department.


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