Postgraduate

MEC8080 : Core Skills

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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Outline Of Syllabus

1. Revision of statics and stress analysis theory.
2. Introduction to scientific computation and data visualisation using MATLAB and Python: solving differential equations and creating animations.
3. CAD design and assembly using inventor.
4. Structural FEA and model analysis using ANSYS.
5. Research skills, group work and presenting.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of block examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00(PiP) Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00(PiP) Tutorial sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching242:0048:00(PiP) Computer cluster sessions
Guided Independent StudyProject work110:0010:00Dissertation related reading
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity180:0080:00Independent study time to reflect on teaching and practise computing skills.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00Group based coursework
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity44:0016:00Group based semi informal research projects
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide a solid, common core of engineering fundamentals; drop-in sessions to allow students to tackle specific problems. Self study time for learning engineering software that will be used in other modules and in project work; and chances to apply core engineering skills through computer programming. Group activities will be organised around general research topics to give students experience of doing library and internet searches; and time will be given to explore potential topics for individual projects that will run during the year.

Alternative online sessions will be offered to students if in-person sessions are not possible to take place due to unforeseen circumstances.
- The 12 hours lectures will be replaced by 12 hours non-synchronous lecture materials.
- The 12 hours tutorials will be replaced by online synchronous (Q&A / tutorial) sessions.
- The 48 hours cluster sessions will be replaced by 24 hours non-synchronous tutorial materials, and 24 hours online synchronous (Q&A / tutorial) sessions.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation201M40Online group presentation to the whole cohort on an engineering topic.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M60Computer based assessment, for example to write a piece of code to analyse a structure.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online group presentations will cover a wide range engineering topics and encourage group work and interaction, as well as testing presentation skills.

The computer-based exam will incorporate several of the skills taught during the module.

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