Smart Technologies for Power Management
This unit focuses on intelligent and sustainable power management technologies both on the electrical grids and in buildings. Looking at the global energy consumption and the implications of the increased consumption on the environment, it discusses electrification of transport, communication systems, Internet of Things, M2M (Machine to Machine), smart metering, and other emerging technologies, and their role in sustainable energy management. The unit develops the learners knowledge in the design and practical aspects of sustainable power systems. It prepares the learner for a career in the power industry.
Group Engineering Project
In this unit, you will be working in a group to design, develop, evaluate and present a specialist engineering solution to a significant, current problem. You will learn how to: demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills in communication, group project management, and collaboration; compare your solutions with up-to-date published research and industrial context including safety, environmental and ethical considerations. You will present and defend your solution to academic specialists in the field.
This unit is about computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA). You will learn how to use various simulation techniques and formulate simulation strategies and interpret the results. You will learn how to set up suitable computer models of the CFD and FEA of mechanical systems and demonstrate the verification and validation process of a simulation and/or correlate the simulation results with physically measured data where possible.
Embedded Systems and Systems on a Chip
This unit develops the learners understanding of the latest technology in Embedded Systems Design and System on Chip (SoC) methodology. The technology underpins modern IT, social media and the Internet of Things, that shape our communities and societies. This unit will develop the learners skills in mastering Verilog Hardware Description Language, commonly used FPGAs, latest development tools and advanced microprocessors including ARM. An in-depth knowledge of this material is highly sought after in the engineering sector.
Sensing and Imaging
This unit is about the operation and application of imaging and sensing technologies. You will learn how the properties of the electromagnetic spectrum are used in sensing technologies and how to analyse the technological requirements and implementation strategies for imaging and sensing. You will learn how to apply sensing and imaging technologies to data acquisition in industry and academia.
Sustainable Energy Systems
This unit focuses on the design of sustainable and renewable energy systems. It will enable the learner to understand the structure, operation and applications of various renewable power systems; wind to energy converters, photovoltaic (solar), energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and the design of hybrid renewable energy systems. It also provides them with the knowledge and design tools required for today's renewable energy industry.
Industrial Communication Systems
This unit will develop the learners understanding of digital communication systems used within the automation industry. It will enhance the learners skills in the design, development and evaluation of fieldbus and Ethernet based communication systems, so dominant in modern industry. It engages the learner in good engineering practice in installing, testing and maintaining networked automation systems. The unit incorporates the required assessment to allow the learner to achieve Certified PROFIBUS, Certified PROFINET Engineer and Certified PLCopen Engineer qualifications, giving them an edge in the job market.