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HNC Mechanical Engineering

HNC Engineering

Distinction between HNC and HND

HNC you must complete a minimum of 125 credits including the core modules with a maximum of 50 credits at level 5.

HND you must complete a minimum of 245 credits including the core modules with a minimum of 125 credits at level 5.

Core Modules (Level 4) - Mechanical Engineering

Analytical Methods for Engineers (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Analytical Methods for Engineers (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

The aim of this module is to provide the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of Higher National Engineering programmes.

It is also intended as a base for the further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced option modules. This module has been designed to enable students to use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at Higher National level.

Assessment
One single component of assessment, comprising four elements, in the form of an in-course assessment. Each assessment is equally weighted and comprises a set of, on average 5-10 short answer questions.


Module Tutor: Stephen Brown/David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 384444/342559
Email: s.brown@tees.ac.uk or d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Engineering Science (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Engineering Science (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module investigates a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. It is a broad-based unit, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. Its intention is to give an overview which will provide the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.

Assessment
One single component of assessment, comprising four elements, in the form of an in-course assessment. Each assessment is equally weighted and comprises a set of, on average 5-10 short answer questions.

Module Tutor: David Wishart
Tel: +44 (0)1642 738215
Email: d.wishart@tees.ac.uk

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Core Modules (Level 5) - Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Principles (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Mechanical Principles (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module covers a range of mechanical principles which underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems. It includes aspects related to strengths of materials and mechanics of machines. The aim of the unit is to provide a firm foundation for work in engineering design and a basis for more advanced study.

Assessment
Element 1, 2 and 3 consists of a small number of questions (typically 4-6) which require a blend of short descriptive answers including the reproduction of diagrams; numerical calculations requiring the interpretation of technical descriptions and the identification and use of relevant formulae, tables and charts.

Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email: d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Project (20 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Project (20 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module presents the opportunity for students to use the knowledge and skills they have developed at work and in their programme of studies, in the definition, management and completion of a work-related project, including the presentation of their findings to an appropriate audience. The module thereby aims to integrate the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of a higher technician at work.The student is advised to study this module until last and is advised to use a ‘real’ project based on their own workplace where this is possible.

Assessment
One single component of assessment comprising three equally weighted elements:

  • Element 1 comprises a logbook or project diary documenting the progress of the project
  • Element 2 comprises a project report of approximately 3000 words
  • Element 3 oral presentation of the project 5-10 mins


Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email: d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Elective Modules (Level 4) - Mechanical Engineering

Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of fluid power systems in modern industry by investigating pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams, examining the characteristics of components and equipment, and evaluating the applications of pneumatics and hydraulics.

Assessment
Evidence will be provided from a single component of assessment, comprising three elements, in the form of an in-course assessment. Each assessment comprises a set of, on average 5-10 short answer questions which are related to the sequence and content of the lessons provided within the learning materials.

Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email: d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Engineering Applications (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Engineering Applications (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

In this module students identify individual tasks, activities, or programmes of work, whether administrative, theoretical, practical or supervisory, that they have undertaken as part of their daily working lives and show how those activities have contributed to their professional engineering development. In so doing the module requires that the student document key aspect of the development to date and to critically appraise their career journey, identifying areas of their experience that may be under-developed and producing an action plan for their ongoing professional development.

Assessment
One single component of assessment, comprising four equally weighted elements, in the form of an in-course assessment comprising short project style reports of approximately 500 words each that detail the professional development activities that the student has undertaken in the workplace and show how each activity has contributed to the student’s progress and the advancement of their abilities in engineering; technically, managerially, and personally.

Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email: d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Fluid Mechanics (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Fluid Mechanics (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

The module applies the principles of fluid mechanics and the techniques used to predict the behaviour of fluids in engineering applications. The module looks at the forces exerted by a static fluid on immersed surfaces, viscosity, the flow of fluids through pipelines and around bluff bodies and examines hydraulic machines.

Assessment
Evidence will be provided from a single component of assessment, comprising three elements, equally weighted, in the form of an in-course assessment. Each assessment comprises a set of, on average 5-10 short answer questions which are related to the sequence and content of the lessons provided within the learning materials

Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email:
d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Heat Transfer and Combustion (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Heat Transfer and Combustion (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module is intended to develop students’ knowledge of principles and empirical relationships to enable them to solve practical problems involving heat transfer, combustion and the specification of practical engineering equipment.

Assessment
Element 1, 2, 3 and 4 consists of a small number of questions which require a blend of short descriptive answers including the reproduction of diagrams; numerical calculations requiring the interpretation of technical descriptions and the identification and use of relevant formulae, tables and charts.

Module Tutor: Riyadh AlAllaq (Alpha)
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342731
Email: r.alallaq@tees.ac.uk

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Materials Engineering (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Materials Engineering (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

In this module students are provided with basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing, applications and utilisation of engineering materials.

Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email:
d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Mechatronics Systems Principles (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Mechatronics Systems Principles (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the necessary skills and principles which underpin a range of mechatronic systems. The module will encompass small single component systems as well as larger systems integrating components from different engineering disciplines. The module will deal with the control concepts used in mechatronic systems and will focus on system design and maintenance. The approach will be broad-based, to reflect the fact that mechatronics is, by its nature, multidisciplinary and not confined to a single specialised discipline. The intention is to encourage the student to recognise a system, not as an interconnection of different parts but as an integrated whole.

Assessment
The in-course assessment will take the form of a series of elements of assessment generally comprising 5-10 short answer questions. It will assess the ability to research, interpret and analyse a problem and to produce a workable solution.

Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email: d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Programmable Logic Controllers (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Programmable Logic Controllers (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module investigates programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of programmable logic control systems, the signals which are used and the programming techniques.

Assessment
One single component of assessment, comprising four equally weighted elements, in the form of an in-course assessment. Element 1 comprises a set of, on average 5-10 short answer questions.

Module Tutor: David Wishart
Tel: +44 (0)1642 738215
Email: d.wishart@tees.ac.uk

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Elective Modules (Level 5) - Mechanical Engineering

Business Management Techniques (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Business Management Techniques (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

The aims of the module are to provide an introduction to the role, principles and application of management accounting in the planning, decision making and control of engineering projects, and to develop an awareness of the needs of project planning and scheduling; to develop numerical skills in the context of management accounting and to be able to communicate quantitative and qualitative information in a variety of contexts.

Assessment
The in-course assessment will take the form of a series of elements of assessment generally comprising 5-10 questions. It will assess their ability to research, interpret and analyse a problem and to produce a workable solution.

Module Tutor: Stephen Brown
Tel: +44 (0)1642 384444
Email: s.brown@tees.ac.uk

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Engineering Design (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Engineering Design (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module gives students an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project and the production of a design report containing specifications in accordance with given customer requirements. A key aim of the module will be to enable students to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which affect the eventual design solution.

Assessment
Element 1, which will take the form of a design specification, will cover the key elements of design, the selection of a design method, and justification for it.

Element 2 will cover the selection of appropriate computer-based technology and the application of a range of communication methods in the production and presentation of a design report


Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email: d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Engineering Thermodynamics (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Engineering Thermodynamics (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module introduces students to the principles and laws of thermodynamics and their application to engineering systems. The module covers system definition, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, heat engine cycles, the measurement of engine performance and the layout and performance of steam plant.

Assessment
Elements 1, 2, 3 and 4 consist of a small number of questions (typically 4-6) which require a blend of short descriptive answers including the reproduction of diagrams; numerical calculations requiring the interpretation of technical descriptions and the identification and use of relevant formulae, tables and charts.


Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email: d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Plant Services (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Plant Services (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module introduces the relevant physical and chemical principles for use in the evaluation of the production, distribution and use of each of the common plant services such as steam, air and refrigeration services.

Assessment
Elements 1, 2, 3 and 4 each consist of a small number of questions (typically 4-6) which require a blend of short descriptive answers including the reproduction of diagrams; numerical calculations requiring the interpretation of technical descriptions and the identification and use of relevant formulae, tables and charts


Module Tutor: David Craddock
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342559
Email: d.craddock@tees.ac.uk

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Safety Engineering (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Safety Engineering (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module covers the fundamentals of contemporary Safety Engineering as applied to industrial processes. It consists of an introduction to the terminology, the nature and treatment of hazards, hazard analysis, risk assessment, emergency procedures and the application of protective measures associated with various hazards The main aims of the module are to provide a firm foundation for work in Safety Engineering and to act a basis for more advanced studies of safety practices.

Assessment
The in-course assessment will take the form of a series of elements of assessment generally comprising 5-10 questions designed to assess the students’ ability to investigate, interpret and analyse a problem and to produce a workable solution.

Module Tutor: Stephen Brown
Tel: +44 (0)1642 384444
Email: s.brown@tees.ac.uk

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Statistical Process Control (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering  / MGHNC-OL

Statistical Process Control (15 credits) - HNC Mechanical Engineering / MGHNC-OL

Description

This module will provide you with background knowledge and understanding of Statistical Process Control by explaining its underpinning statistical methods and providing the essential key tools used in SPC such as Pareto Analysis, Control Charts and inspection and sampling techniques. It is also shown how the method of SPC is applied in quality management techniques such as Six Sigma.

Module tutor: Derek Casson
Tel: +44 (0)1642 342526 
Email: d.casson@tees.ac.uk

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