Management of Projects Fundamentals
The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the fundamentals of project management and the management of projects through the Body of Knowledge (APM) and Book of Knowledge (PMI).
Management of Projects Professional Practice
The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the management of projects in a professional practice setting via problem based learning. Students will be expected to analyse, critique and recommend solutions for an existing project.
Using a problem based learning approach, with a case study provided by an industrial partner, students will explore the management strategies, processes and stakeholders involved in the project, and develop communication and coordination plans to monitor and control the project information.
Smart Systems for Industry 4.0
Sensors gather the data for smart management of the systems that define Industry 4.0. Components, machines, production lines, whole factories and distribution systems all contribute data to optimise the entire value-creation chain. Effective specification, design and deployment of sensors require access to multidisciplinary expertise including artificial intelligence, control systems, and communication technologies and protocols.
Students will gain practical experience of working with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and learn about the latest innovations in condition monitoring and other sensing applications, such as RFID, barcode scanning, image processing, automation & control, etc.
Cyber-Physical Systems are complex networked systems of physical and computational components that interact with each other. Such systems will drive the future of robotics, smart power grids, autonomous vehicles and aircraft, advanced clinical monitoring systems and manufacturing processes.
Students will develop their understanding of Cyber-Physical architectures with reference to the design of sub-systems and several key components and enabling technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), embedded systems, control and automation systems, and communication systems.
Power Electronics and Drives
Innovation, improved performance and efficiency in the energy generation and transport industries depends on the effective management of energy storage and control.
Students will develop their understanding of control theory and how power electronics systems manage and monitor the component parts of electric powertrains, such as battery and alternative storage technologies, drives, motors, and renewable energy sources such as regenerative braking.
Engineering Design for Innovation
The success of Industry 4.0 depends on innovative, sustainable and fully fit-for-purpose designs for new and existing products, which exploit the latest technological advances in engineering. Effective designs depend on a structured and holistic approach to the design process.
Students will learn about the different stages of the design life cycle, and associated techniques and methodologies, such as Quality Function Deployment (QFD), concept ideas and selection, materials and manufacturing methods, and full life-cycle analysis, with reference to applicable legislation and standards, marketplace, environmental and sustainability factors.
Systems Engineering for Industry
A range of interdisciplinary skills in systems thinking and systems analysis will be required to support the delivery of new engineering products, enterprise and services for Industry 4.0.
Students will learn how analysis and decision making during the operational and developmental phases of the system life cycle for complex systems is supported by hierarchical models of the system’s structure and its functional and physical building blocks.
A resilient and sustainable economic future depends on engineering products and processes that use resources and energy at a rate that does not compromise the natural environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Students will learn about the latest developments in harvesting energy from natural resources, such as wind, solar, bioenergy, hydrogen fuel cells, gaseous and liquid biofuels, etc. and about what informs business decision-making when evaluating sustainable plant performance and materials selection.
Individual Research Project
Inspired by the learning from the other units on their programme, the research and enterprise activity of the teaching team, and possibly by relevant workplace experience, students will use this unit to develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of a subject field within their engineering area of study.
A supporting directed programme of study will introduce students to research methods and practical guidance for proposing, developing, implementing and reporting a research project.
Students will work with a supervisory team to identify an area of study that is within the disciplinary scope of the award, and one that will have sufficient breadth and depth to meet the unit and programme learning outcomes. A range of themed challenges will be offered, for example Industry 4.0, Transport, Energy and the Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Project Management and Water.