Postgraduate

MEC8080 : Core Skills

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To research and model engineering structures and mechanical systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Analysis of structures and stress calculation.
Solving differential equations in MATLAB and dynamic simulation.
Data analysis and visualisation in MATLAB and Python.
Engineering design and analysis in CAD and FEA.
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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials241:0024:00Non-synchronous - Lectures.
Guided Independent StudyProject work321:0032:00Dissertation related reading
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity196:0096:00Independent study time to reflect on teaching and practise computing skills.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity38:0024:00Group based semi informal research projects
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time241:0024:00Synchronous timetabled online sessions - Drop-in surgery sessions for Q&A.
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.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

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 Presentation151M30Online group presentation to the whole cohort on an engineering topic.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M70Computer 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.

Reading Lists

Timetable