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3 years 6 years School of Engineering Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BCC (or equivalent qualifications) H660 3 years 6 years School of Engineering Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points) (or equivalent qualifications) H660

Introduction

The BEng Automation Engineering degree aims to produce skilled engineering professionals who can actively participate and manage the executive design and development of automation systems, and who may take on full responsibility for installing, testing and maintaining complex automation systems.

Students will have the opportunity to develop a strong background in fundamental scientific disciplines. These include Mathematics and Computing Systems, in classical engineering fields from the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering sectors, and in the disciplines of information and telecommunication applied to industrial automation.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum, students will have the chance to design or manage systems resulting from the integration of highly diverse components and technologies coming from both the mechanical and electrical engineering areas. This flexibility and multidisciplinary competences will be a significant asset of the automation engineer, in view of the large variety of possible applications, of the continuous and rapid evolution of the technologies, as well as of the dynamics of the job market.

The first two years of study aims to lay the common foundations of automation engineering in areas including mathematics, computing systems, mechanical and electrical engineering as well as information and telecommunication in the industrial automation sector. During the second year, students undertake a group project in the Design Engineering module, which provides their first insight into Building Management Systems (BMS) modern automation systems.

Students have the opportunity to consolidate their practical knowledge in BMS in the third year while undertaking an individual project on an aspect of electrical automation engineering.

The automation companies we work with share the School of Engineering’s vision of producing graduates who are “industry-ready. This unique programme aims to provide extensive and rewarding opportunities for graduates while also helping the automation sector address a key skills gap.

How You Study

The overall aim of this programme is to create graduates who will be aligned with the needs of organisations in the automation sector. The first two years of study aims to lay the common foundations of automation engineering principles. The final year provides students with an opportunity to deepen their learning through engagement with a substantial project linked to their own industries. The development of the learning outcomes is promoted through the following teaching and learning methods:

  • Lectures. Most lecture courses provide problem sheets, worked examples and/or case studies. Students will also be directed to suitable resources involving a range of ICT to enable then to develop their understanding of the subject matter during their private-study.
  • Tutorials and Example Classes. These are normally delivered to smaller (than class sized) groups of students and provide an opportunity for academic staff to discuss the course content with students.
    – Workshops. These are used to enable students to work on “open-ended” and often ill-defined problems related to real engineering situations.
  • Laboratory Classes. These are used to introduce experimental techniques and practical methods.
  • Coursework Assignments. Students may be required to work independently or in small groups.
  • Oral and Poster Presentations are often included as part of coursework assignments.
  • Formative Assessments. These do not contribute to the final marks achieved for each module, but provide an opportunity for students to develop their critical evaluation skills and to monitor their own academic progress.
  • The Individual Project. This year 3 project represents a substantial, individual research project on an aspect of electrical engineering. It is conducted under the supervision of a member of staff.

The School will make the maximum use of the link with Schneider Electric as well as the industry-university links with the aim of developing students’ awareness of modern commercial and managerial practices appropriate to the engineering industry.

In addition to traditional modes of delivery, workplace experience and industrial exposure is embedded within the program through industry support. This includes industrial speakers, factory tours (which are paid for by the School), summer work placements (see Features tab) and engagement in real engineering projects set by industrial collaborators, in-line with Student as Producer principles. The School is constantly reviewing its delivery mechanisms in order to identify further opportunities to embed these Student as Producer principles in order to enhance student learning.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes are provided through the following summative assessment methods:

Written Examinations, Coursework Assignments, Laboratory Reports, Technical Reports, Technical Notes, Dissertations, Portfolios, Oral and Poster Presentations, Computer Based Tests and Assessed Simulations, and Demonstrations of Prototypes and Exhibitions.

Peer Assessment is also often used in modules that involve a substantial team-working element. Normally, students will moderate the final marks for the group project to reflect the contributions of different team members to encourage full and equal participation by each student. Students may also peer review other student’s coursework to develop their critical thinking skills. In this instance, the quality of the peer review is assessed.

Class Tests, which do not contribute to the overall grading of the degree are conducted during the academic year to assess student’s progress. The results from class tests aim to provide a useful opportunity to give developmental feedback to students.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Engineering Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC, including grade B in A Level Maths. A level 'Use of Maths' will not be accepted in lieu of A level Maths.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall, with higher level grade 5 in Maths.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering accepted: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering, Electronics and a Physical Science accepted. Applicants must also have studied a level 3 Maths component as part of their Access Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required, including a distinction in the Maths component.

In addition, applicants must have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in English and Maths. Level 2 equivalent qualifications such as BTEC First Certificates and Level 2 Functional Skills will be considered

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc

Level 1

CAD and Technical Drawing

The purpose of this module is to provide students with development opportunities for the practical skills that are required throughout their studies, and beyond. Students have the opportunity to develop their engineering communication skills and gain 3D computer modelling experience.

This module emphasises the importance of integrating skills and knowledge from different parts of the degree programme in order to solve problems through the application of fundamental engineering science. The material introduced in this module will be revisited during the subsequent years of the degree programme.

Computing for Engineers

Many sectors of engineering require high levels of computer literacy and the ability to write computer programs for problem solving is highly desirable. In learning the fundamentals of computer programming, logical thinking and problem solving, skills can be developed and coding techniques learnt, that can support the study of modules in forthcoming years.

This course delivers the concepts of structured computer programming and lab time is allocated for implementing these concepts. Students are provided with opportunities to plan, write and debug their own computer programs.

Electrical and Electronic Technology

An understanding of the basic principles and many of the important practical applications of electronic and electrical engineering is now essential to practitioners of other disciplines, especially Mechanical Engineers.

The aim of this module is to provide a foundation in Electrical Engineering and Electronics for students, of sufficient depth to be useful, and without being over complicated or cluttered with too-rigorous and exhaustive mathematical treatment.

Electricity and Electromagnetism

The aim of this module is to establish an understanding of electrostatics, electromagnetics and electroconductive fields - more commonly referred to as field theory. Students are introduced to the fundamental topics in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetics leading to an introduction to Maxwell’s equations which will support subsequent courses on devices, electricity and magnetism and optoelectronics. As well as providing a basic foundation in field theory the behaviours of materials under electric and magnetic fields are also explained along with more practical aspects of field theory that are pertinent to the modern day electrical engineer such as EMC.

Introduction to Robotics

The aim of this module is to introduce students to robotics engineering by providing a broad overview of diverse robotics applications.

The focus of this introductory module will be on the main technological aspects of robots as truly mechatronic systems, including mechanical configurations, sensing and actuation systems and programming methods. Some considerations about the mathematical description of robots will be provided. Finally, students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of designing a robotic system using an educational robotic kit.

Mathematics for Engineers

A good mathematical grounding is essential for all engineers. The theory developed in this module aims to underpin the other mechanical engineering modules studied at level one.

Wherever possible, mathematical theory is taught by considering a real example, to present students the mathematical tools they might need for the science they follow. Solutions are considered by both analytical and numerical techniques. Where basic principles are involved, some proofs will also be taught.

Professional and Workshop Skills

The purpose of this module is to provide students with development opportunities for the practical skills that are required throughout their studies, and beyond into their careers as professional engineers.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and begin the process of reflective practice in order to take responsibility for managing their own learning. It aims to introduce students to basic workshop practices and provides an understanding of rules and procedures that may be applicable in such an environment. The statistics topic introduces typical quantitative analysis methods for industrial engineering. These methods aims to enable the students to model industrial variables, framing the problem and making decisions in an uncertain environment.

Statics and Dynamics

The syllabus for this module can be divided into two topics:

Statics and Mechanics:
The primary aim of the study of engineering mechanics is to develop students' capacity to predict the effects of force and deformation in the course of carrying out the creative design function of engineering. As the student undertakes the study of solids and forces (first statics, mechanics, then dynamics) they can build a foundation of analytical capability for the solution of a great variety of engineering problems. Modern engineering practice demands a high level of analytical capability, and the study of mechanics can help in developing this.

Dynamics:
The study of dynamics gives students the opportunity to analyse and predict the motion of particles and bodies with and without reference to the forces that cause this motion. Successful prediction requires the ability of visualize physical configurations in terms of real machines ( in addition to knowledge of physical and mathematical principles of mechanics), actual constraints and the practical limitations which govern the behaviour of machines.

Level 2

Advanced Thermofluids

Applied Thermodynamics:
Thermodynamics is the science that deals with energy interactions in physical systems. The purpose of this module is to build upon the basic principles that were introduced in Thermofluid 1: Fundamental, and then apply this knowledge to real engineering problems.

Heat Transfer:
Almost every branch of science and engineering includes some kind of heat transfer problem, and there is a need for engineers to have some background in this area. The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the basic principles and practical applications of conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer. The process of heat transfer is often accomplished by a flowing fluid, and so this module seeks to develop further the Fluid Mechanics covered in Thermofluids at level 1, in order that students can develop their understanding to the point that real world problems can be addressed.

Analogue Electronics

Analogue electronics covers the tools and methods necessary for the creative design of useful circuits using active devices. The module stresses insight and intuition, applied to the design of transistor circuits and the estimation of their performance.

Control Systems

The aim of this module is to provide students with a firm grounding in Classical Control methods, which will enable them to work with systems and control engineers, and prepare students on the control stream for advanced topics in the level three and four modules.

Students will be introduced to Control in relation to engineering systems, and in particular to develop methods of modelling the control of processes. Techniques are explored with particular reference to common practical engineering problems and their solutions, and the application of SIMULINK in this process.

Design Engineering

The content of this module aims to deepen a students’ understanding of engineering in practical applications. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the design process for mechanical, electrical or control components/systems and undertake analysis of the same.

These two strands of the module are brought together in a design project, which will be set by a professional engineering organisation. This major project will give students the opportunity to extend their creative design skills and obtain practical experience of the process of creating sound conceptual solutions through to real design problems within an industrial context. Students can build confidence and gain experience through working within a team with practicing engineers from industry.

Electrical Power and Machines

Students will be introduced to electrical machines and power systems and their practical applications, supported by practical analysis/synthesis methods.

This ability is fundamental for the students with mechanical engineering background, if they are to be able to handle electromechanical problems encountered in real life situations.
Students will further have the opportunity to explore a general methodology for the calculation of electromechanical energy conversion. Students can obtain an appreciation of the features and characteristics of different types of electromechanical machines and drives and their applications.

Further Mathematics for Engineers

The purpose of this programme of mathematical study is to give students the opportunity to become more competent in calculations using a range of mathematical tools. The content builds upon that delivered at Level 1, and gives students the opportunity to extend their analytical skills by introducing more advanced topics that may form part of the modern engineers skill set.

Mechatronics

The term mechatronics integrates mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacture of products and processes. As a result, many products which used to have mechanical functions have had many replaced with ones involving microprocessors. This has resulted in much flexibility, easier redesign and reprogramming, and the ability to carry out automated data collection and reporting. A consequence of this approach is the need for engineers to adopt an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to engineering.

The overall aim of this module is to give a comprehensive coverage of topics, such as analogue and digital signals, digital logic, sensors and signal conditioning, data acquisition systems, data presentation systems, mechanical and electrical actuation systems, microcontroller programming and interfacing, system response and modelling, and feedback control. Students may make extensive use of Simulink and a MATLAB support packages based an Arduino board, which allow for graphical simulation and programming of real-time control systems. The module serves as an introductory course to more advanced courses such as Measurement and Testing, Sensors, Actuators and Controllers, and Embedded Systems.

Solid Body Mechanics

This programme of study will extend the ideas and skills introduced at Level 1. Students have the opportunity to learn how to carry out strength and deflection analyses for a variety of simple load cases and structures. Students have the opportunity to understand the simplifications used in such analyses. This course demonstrates the role of stress analysis and failure prediction in the design environment.

Level 3

Building Automation Systems

The aim of this module is to introduce students to modern Building Automation Systems. In particular, Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems will be presented as a crucial element of a BAS. The topic will be discussed considering energy efficiency as a key requirement and will be presented by means of wide range of real scenarios and case studies. Students will also have the chance to work on a real BAS experimental setup.

Energy Systems and Conversion

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the machines used in power generation applications, with a main focus on the principles of operation of machines used in base load power generation (gas turbines), but all rotating machines in power generation are considered. Students may then develop a methodology for measuring the impact of machines from energy and materials usage, standpoints, and to better understand where opportunities exist to increase the efficiency of energy machines, systems and devices.

Students will have the opportunity to build models of mass and energy flow through existing and proposed machines. These models are then used to pinpoint the most efficient and least efficient steps of device operation. This syllabus can be divided into two topics —

Fundamentals of Machines in Power and Energy:
The module begins with the theory of gas turbines, based on fundamental thermodynamic and fluid mechanic analyses and introduces methods for improving efficiencies and increasing specific work outputs.

Energy Systems Analysis:
Students may strengthen and expand their fundamental knowledge of thermodynamics, and apply this to develop a better understanding of energy systems and machine systems.

Individual Project (Bachelors)

The individual project aims to provide students with a learning experience that enables them to carry out independent research, and to integrate many of the subjects they have studied throughout their degree. Students are expected to plan, research and execute their task while developing skills in critical judgement, independent work and engineering competence. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in presenting and reporting a major piece of engineering work, of immediate engineering value, at a level appropriate for an honours degree student.

Industrial Automation

The aim of this module is to introduce students to modern industrial automation architectures. The module is composed of three parts: i) Sensors and actuators; ii) industrial networks; iii) Programmable logic controllers.

In the first part students will have the opportunity to learn the main technological aspects of sensors and actuators used in industrial automation.

The second part will explore how distributed architecture works, with an in-depth overview of the most common fieldbus and industrial Ethernet HW/SW protocols.

The third part will explore Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) focusing both on the HW/SW architecture and on the main programming languages according to the IEEE61131-3 standard.

Finally, students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working on industrial automation test beds.

Robotics and Automation

The aim of this module is to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the principles and other key elements in robotics, its interdisciplinary nature and its role and applications in automation.

The module starts with the history and definition of robotics and its role in automation with examples. The module continues by studying a number of issues related to classifying, modelling and operating robots, followed by an important aspect of the robotics interdisciplinary nature i.e. its control and use of sensors and interpretation of sensory information as well as vision systems. Students will also have the opportunity to be introduced to the topics of networked operation and teleoperation, as well as robot programming

Signal Processing and System Identification

The aim of this module is to introduce students to theory and methodology of advanced techniques relevant to engineering systems, in order to design and implement filters and systems.

System identification is a general term to describe mathematical tools and algorithms that build dynamic models from measured data. A dynamic model in this context is a mathematical description of the dynamic behaviour of a system or process in either the time or frequency domain. Students are given the opportunity to investigate methods by which they can perform useful operations on signals in either discrete or time-varying measurement.

State-Space Control

In control engineering, a state-space representation is a mathematical model of a physical system as a set of input, output and state variables. Students have the opportunity to explore different methods of resolving the control variables in order to analyse systems in a compact and relevant way.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Placements

Summer work placements

Students can be supported in obtaining summer work placements if required. Generally summer placements are unpaid and may incur additional travel costs to students.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

The purpose-built Engineering Hub was created in collaboration with Siemens and, as a hub of technical innovation, houses industry-standard machinery, turbines, and control and laser laboratories. Work is currently underway to extend and enhance facilities for engineering students.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

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Introduction

This is an industry-guided course that aims to produce skilled engineering professionals who can actively participate in and manage the executive design and development of automation systems.

Automation Engineering at Lincoln has been designed in collaboration with global industrial giants, such as B&R Automation and Schneider Electric. The course aims to give students the chance to design or manage systems produced through a combination of skills from the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering. This flexibility helps to promote a large variety of possible applications, helping students to learn how to manage the demands of the continuous evolution of technology as well as the job market.

The first two years of study will lay the common foundations of automation engineering in areas including mathematics, computing systems, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as information and telecommunication in the industrial automation sector. During the second year, students undertake a group project in the Design Engineering module, which provides their first insight into modern automation systems.

Students have the opportunity to consolidate their practical knowledge in the third year while undertaking an individual project on an aspect of automation engineering.

How You Study

The overall aim of this programme is to create graduates who will be aligned with the needs of organisations in the automation sector. The first two years of study aims to lay the common foundations of automation engineering principles. The final year provides students with an opportunity to deepen their learning through engagement with a substantial project linked to their own industries. The development of the learning outcomes is promoted through the following teaching and learning methods:

  • Lectures: Most lecture courses provide problem sheets, worked examples and/or case studies. Students will also be directed to suitable resources involving a range of ICT to enable then to develop their understanding of the subject matter during their private-study.
  • Tutorials and Example Classes: These are normally delivered to smaller (than class sized) groups of students and provide an opportunity for academic staff to discuss the course content with students.

– Workshops: These are used to enable students to work on “open-ended” and often ill-defined problems related to real engineering situations.

  • Laboratory Classes: These are used to introduce experimental techniques and practical methods.
  • Coursework Assignments: Students may be required to work independently or in small groups.
  • Oral and Poster Presentations are often included as part of coursework assignments.
  • Formative Assessments: These do not contribute to the final marks achieved for each module, but provide an opportunity for students to develop their critical evaluation skills and to monitor their own academic progress.
  • The Individual Project: This year three project represents a substantial, individual research project on an aspect of automation engineering. It is conducted under the supervision of a member of staff.

The School will make the maximum use of the link with Schneider Electric as well as the industry-university links with the aim of developing students’ awareness of modern commercial and managerial practices appropriate to the engineering industry.

In addition to traditional modes of delivery, workplace experience and industrial exposure is embedded within the program through industry support. This includes industrial speakers, factory tours (which are paid for by the School), summer work placements (see Features tab) and engagement in real engineering projects set by industrial collaborators, in-line with Student as Producer principles.

The School is constantly reviewing its delivery mechanisms in order to identify further opportunities to embed these Student as Producer principles in order to enhance student learning.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes are provided through the following summative assessment methods:

Written Examinations, Coursework Assignments, Laboratory Reports, Technical Reports, Technical Notes, Dissertations, Portfolios, Oral and Poster Presentations, Computer Based Tests and Assessed Simulations, and Demonstrations of Prototypes and Exhibitions.

Peer Assessment is also often used in modules that involve a substantial team-working element. Normally, students will moderate the final marks for the group project to reflect the contributions of different team members to encourage full and equal participation by each student. Students may also peer review other student’s coursework to develop their critical thinking skills. In this instance, the quality of the peer review is assessed.

Class Tests, which do not contribute to the overall grading of the degree are conducted during the academic year to assess student’s progress. The results from class tests aim to provide a useful opportunity to give developmental feedback to students.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Engineering Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC, including grade B in A Level Maths. A level 'Use of Maths' will not be accepted in lieu of A level Maths.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall, with higher level grade 5 in Maths.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering accepted: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering, Electronics and a Physical Science accepted. Applicants must also have studied a level 3 Maths component as part of their Access Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits to include 30 at merit or above will be required, including a distinction in the Maths component.

In addition, applicants must have at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English and Maths. Level 2 equivalent qualifications such as BTEC First Certificates and Level 2 Functional Skills will be considered

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc

Level 1

CAD and Technical Drawing

The purpose of this module is to provide students with development opportunities for the practical skills that are required throughout their studies, and beyond. Students have the opportunity to develop their engineering communication skills and gain 3D computer modelling experience.

This module emphasises the importance of integrating skills and knowledge from different parts of the degree programme in order to solve problems through the application of fundamental engineering science. The material introduced in this module will be revisited during the subsequent years of the degree programme.

Computing for Engineers

Many sectors of engineering require high levels of computer literacy and the ability to write computer programs for problem solving is highly desirable. In learning the fundamentals of computer programming, logical thinking and problem solving, skills can be developed and coding techniques learnt, that can support the study of modules in forthcoming years.

This course delivers the concepts of structured computer programming and lab time is allocated for implementing these concepts. Students are provided with opportunities to plan, write and debug their own computer programs.

Electrical and Electronic Technology

An understanding of the basic principles and many of the important practical applications of electronic and electrical engineering is now essential to practitioners of other disciplines, especially Mechanical Engineers.

The aim of this module is to provide a foundation in Electrical Engineering and Electronics for students, of sufficient depth to be useful, and without being over complicated or cluttered with too-rigorous and exhaustive mathematical treatment.

Electricity and Electromagnetism

The aim of this module is to establish an understanding of electrostatics, electromagnetics and electroconductive fields - more commonly referred to as field theory. Students are introduced to the fundamental topics in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetics leading to an introduction to Maxwell’s equations which will support subsequent courses on devices, electricity and magnetism and optoelectronics. As well as providing a basic foundation in field theory the behaviours of materials under electric and magnetic fields are also explained along with more practical aspects of field theory that are pertinent to the modern day electrical engineer such as EMC.

Introduction to Robotics

The aim of this module is to introduce students to robotics engineering by providing a broad overview of diverse robotics applications.

The focus of this introductory module will be on the main technological aspects of robots as truly mechatronic systems, including mechanical configurations, sensing and actuation systems and programming methods. Some considerations about the mathematical description of robots will be provided. Finally, students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of designing a robotic system using an educational robotic kit.

Mathematics for Engineers

A good mathematical grounding is essential for all engineers. The theory developed in this module aims to underpin the other mechanical engineering modules studied at level one.

Wherever possible, mathematical theory is taught by considering a real example, to present students the mathematical tools they might need for the science they follow. Solutions are considered by both analytical and numerical techniques. Where basic principles are involved, some proofs will also be taught.

Professional and Workshop Skills

The purpose of this module is to provide students with development opportunities for the practical skills that are required throughout their studies, and beyond into their careers as professional engineers.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and begin the process of reflective practice in order to take responsibility for managing their own learning. It aims to introduce students to basic workshop practices and provides an understanding of rules and procedures that may be applicable in such an environment. The statistics topic introduces typical quantitative analysis methods for industrial engineering. These methods aims to enable the students to model industrial variables, framing the problem and making decisions in an uncertain environment.

Statics and Dynamics

The syllabus for this module can be divided into two topics:

Statics and Mechanics:
The primary aim of the study of engineering mechanics is to develop students' capacity to predict the effects of force and deformation in the course of carrying out the creative design function of engineering. As the student undertakes the study of solids and forces (first statics, mechanics, then dynamics) they can build a foundation of analytical capability for the solution of a great variety of engineering problems. Modern engineering practice demands a high level of analytical capability, and the study of mechanics can help in developing this.

Dynamics:
The study of dynamics gives students the opportunity to analyse and predict the motion of particles and bodies with and without reference to the forces that cause this motion. Successful prediction requires the ability of visualize physical configurations in terms of real machines ( in addition to knowledge of physical and mathematical principles of mechanics), actual constraints and the practical limitations which govern the behaviour of machines.

Level 2

Advanced Thermofluids

Applied Thermodynamics:
Thermodynamics is the science that deals with energy interactions in physical systems. The purpose of this module is to build upon the basic principles that were introduced in Thermofluid 1: Fundamental, and then apply this knowledge to real engineering problems.

Heat Transfer:
Almost every branch of science and engineering includes some kind of heat transfer problem, and there is a need for engineers to have some background in this area. The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the basic principles and practical applications of conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer. The process of heat transfer is often accomplished by a flowing fluid, and so this module seeks to develop further the Fluid Mechanics covered in Thermofluids at level 1, in order that students can develop their understanding to the point that real world problems can be addressed.

Analogue Electronics

Analogue electronics covers the tools and methods necessary for the creative design of useful circuits using active devices. The module stresses insight and intuition, applied to the design of transistor circuits and the estimation of their performance.

Control Systems

The aim of this module is to provide students with a firm grounding in Classical Control methods, which will enable them to work with systems and control engineers, and prepare students on the control stream for advanced topics in the level three and four modules.

Students will be introduced to Control in relation to engineering systems, and in particular to develop methods of modelling the control of processes. Techniques are explored with particular reference to common practical engineering problems and their solutions, and the application of SIMULINK in this process.

Design Engineering

The content of this module aims to deepen a students’ understanding of engineering in practical applications. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the design process for mechanical, electrical or control components/systems and undertake analysis of the same.

These two strands of the module are brought together in a design project, which will be set by a professional engineering organisation. This major project will give students the opportunity to extend their creative design skills and obtain practical experience of the process of creating sound conceptual solutions through to real design problems within an industrial context. Students can build confidence and gain experience through working within a team with practicing engineers from industry.

Electrical Power and Machines

Students will be introduced to electrical machines and power systems and their practical applications, supported by practical analysis/synthesis methods.

This ability is fundamental for the students with mechanical engineering background, if they are to be able to handle electromechanical problems encountered in real life situations.
Students will further have the opportunity to explore a general methodology for the calculation of electromechanical energy conversion. Students can obtain an appreciation of the features and characteristics of different types of electromechanical machines and drives and their applications.

Further Mathematics for Engineers

The purpose of this programme of mathematical study is to give students the opportunity to become more competent in calculations using a range of mathematical tools. The content builds upon that delivered at Level 1, and gives students the opportunity to extend their analytical skills by introducing more advanced topics that may form part of the modern engineers skill set.

Mechatronics

The term mechatronics integrates mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacture of products and processes. As a result, many products which used to have mechanical functions have had many replaced with ones involving microprocessors. This has resulted in much flexibility, easier redesign and reprogramming, and the ability to carry out automated data collection and reporting. A consequence of this approach is the need for engineers to adopt an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to engineering.

The overall aim of this module is to give a comprehensive coverage of topics, such as analogue and digital signals, digital logic, sensors and signal conditioning, data acquisition systems, data presentation systems, mechanical and electrical actuation systems, microcontroller programming and interfacing, system response and modelling, and feedback control. Students may make extensive use of Simulink and a MATLAB support packages based an Arduino board, which allow for graphical simulation and programming of real-time control systems. The module serves as an introductory course to more advanced courses such as Measurement and Testing, Sensors, Actuators and Controllers, and Embedded Systems.

Solid Body Mechanics

This programme of study will extend the ideas and skills introduced at Level 1. Students have the opportunity to learn how to carry out strength and deflection analyses for a variety of simple load cases and structures. Students have the opportunity to understand the simplifications used in such analyses. This course demonstrates the role of stress analysis and failure prediction in the design environment.

Level 3

Building Automation Systems

The aim of this module is to introduce students to modern Building Automation Systems. In particular, Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems will be presented as a crucial element of a BAS. The topic will be discussed considering energy efficiency as a key requirement and will be presented by means of wide range of real scenarios and case studies. Students will also have the chance to work on a real BAS experimental setup.

Energy Systems and Conversion

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the machines used in power generation applications, with a main focus on the principles of operation of machines used in base load power generation (gas turbines), but all rotating machines in power generation are considered. Students may then develop a methodology for measuring the impact of machines from energy and materials usage, standpoints, and to better understand where opportunities exist to increase the efficiency of energy machines, systems and devices.

Students will have the opportunity to build models of mass and energy flow through existing and proposed machines. These models are then used to pinpoint the most efficient and least efficient steps of device operation. This syllabus can be divided into two topics —

Fundamentals of Machines in Power and Energy:
The module begins with the theory of gas turbines, based on fundamental thermodynamic and fluid mechanic analyses and introduces methods for improving efficiencies and increasing specific work outputs.

Energy Systems Analysis:
Students may strengthen and expand their fundamental knowledge of thermodynamics, and apply this to develop a better understanding of energy systems and machine systems.

Individual Project (Bachelors)

The individual project aims to provide students with a learning experience that enables them to carry out independent research, and to integrate many of the subjects they have studied throughout their degree. Students are expected to plan, research and execute their task while developing skills in critical judgement, independent work and engineering competence. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in presenting and reporting a major piece of engineering work, of immediate engineering value, at a level appropriate for an honours degree student.

Industrial Automation

The aim of this module is to introduce students to modern industrial automation architectures. The module is composed of three parts: i) Sensors and actuators; ii) industrial networks; iii) Programmable logic controllers.

In the first part students will have the opportunity to learn the main technological aspects of sensors and actuators used in industrial automation.

The second part will explore how distributed architecture works, with an in-depth overview of the most common fieldbus and industrial Ethernet HW/SW protocols.

The third part will explore Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) focusing both on the HW/SW architecture and on the main programming languages according to the IEEE61131-3 standard.

Finally, students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working on industrial automation test beds.

Robotics and Automation

The aim of this module is to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the principles and other key elements in robotics, its interdisciplinary nature and its role and applications in automation.

The module starts with the history and definition of robotics and its role in automation with examples. The module continues by studying a number of issues related to classifying, modelling and operating robots, followed by an important aspect of the robotics interdisciplinary nature i.e. its control and use of sensors and interpretation of sensory information as well as vision systems. Students will also have the opportunity to be introduced to the topics of networked operation and teleoperation, as well as robot programming

Signal Processing and System Identification

The aim of this module is to introduce students to theory and methodology of advanced techniques relevant to engineering systems, in order to design and implement filters and systems.

System identification is a general term to describe mathematical tools and algorithms that build dynamic models from measured data. A dynamic model in this context is a mathematical description of the dynamic behaviour of a system or process in either the time or frequency domain. Students are given the opportunity to investigate methods by which they can perform useful operations on signals in either discrete or time-varying measurement.

State-Space Control

In control engineering, a state-space representation is a mathematical model of a physical system as a set of input, output and state variables. Students have the opportunity to explore different methods of resolving the control variables in order to analyse systems in a compact and relevant way.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Placements

Summer work placements

Students can be supported in obtaining summer work placements if required. Generally summer placements are unpaid and may incur additional travel costs to students.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

The purpose-built Engineering Hub was created in collaboration with Siemens and, as a hub of technical innovation, houses industry-standard machinery, turbines, and control and laser laboratories.

The Engineering Hub forms part of the Isaac Newton Building, which comprises additional spaces, such as workshops and computer laboratories, as well as laboratories for acoustics, vibrations, control and automation.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

This course aims to produce industry-ready graduates who are an immediate asset to employers. Partnerships with global automation and robotics companies help us to ensure that the programme is informed by
the very latest demands of the sector. Also, thanks to a wide range of collaborations with end-user industrial partners from different sectors, students can tackle important industry issues and work on industrial projects.

Professional engineers have the chance to design and develop the systems of the future. This unique programme aims to provide extensive and rewarding opportunities for graduates while also helping the automation sector address a key skills gap.

Lincoln Engineering graduates have progressed into a variety of engineering careers around the world at companies including Siemens and Rolls-Royce, while graduates from this course could also pursue
careers in robotics in industry.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

The BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Control Systems) is a specialist engineering course, informed by industry. The programme aims to develop students into skilled, creative engineers who can adapt to new challenges and deliver sustainable solutions for modern society.
The MEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Control Systems) is a specialist engineering course, informed by industry. The programme aims to develop students into skilled, creative engineers who can adapt to new challenges and deliver sustainable solutions for modern society.
Electrical engineering is essential to the modern world, encompassing everything from energy and automation through to communications and transport. The BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering programme is designed to equip students with the skills to succeed as the engineers of the future.
Electrical engineering is essential to the modern world, encompassing everything from energy and automation through to communications and transport. The MEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering programme is designed to equip students with the skills to succeed as the engineers of the future.
The BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Power and Energy) degree offers students the opportunity to specialise in the fields of power systems and energy on both a large and small scale, exploring the generation of electricity for modern society.
The MEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Power and Energy) degree offers students the opportunity to specialise in the fields of power systems and energy on both a large and small scale, exploring the generation of electricity for modern society.
From robotics and assistive technologies to unmanned aircraft, driverless cars and automated production lines, mechanical and control engineering are vital in the innovation of technology for the modern world.
From robotics and assistive technologies to unmanned aircraft, driverless cars and automated production lines, mechanical and control engineering are vital in the innovation of technology for the modern world.
The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Power and Energy) degree at Lincoln aims to produce graduates who are highly skilled, creative engineers with an in-depth understanding of electrical technologies. Students have the opportunity to study mechanical engineering and then specialise in power generation and electronics.
The MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Power and Energy) degree at Lincoln aims to produce graduates who are highly skilled, creative engineers. Students have the opportunity to study mechanical engineering and then specialise in power generation and electronics.
The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree at Lincoln aims to produce graduates who are highly skilled, creative engineers who can adapt to new challenges and deliver sustainable solutions for modern society.
The MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree at Lincoln aims to produce graduates who are highly skilled, creative engineers who can adapt to new challenges and deliver sustainable solutions for modern society. As a student in Mechanical Engineering, you will study core mechanical engineering subjects and specialise in the design and analysis of advanced mechanical and energy systems.

Tuition Fees

2017/18 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2018/19 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions]