Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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UCAS Code

H660

Course Code

EGRBCNUB

BEng (Hons) Mechatronics

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

Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

H660

Course Code

EGRBCNUB

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

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The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

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Welcome to BEng (Hons) Mechatronics

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

Mechatronics at Lincoln 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 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 the group Innovation Project module, which provides their first insight into modern mechanical systems.

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

How You Study

The overall aim of this programme is to create graduates who will be aligned with the needs of industry. The first two years of study aim to lay the common foundations of knowledge required for further study. The final year provides students with an opportunity to deepen their learning through engagement with a substantial independent project. Teaching methods may include lectures, tutorials, workshops sessions, and laboratory classes.

In addition to traditional modes of delivery, workplace experience and industrial insight is embedded within the programme. Students will have the opportunity to hear from industrial speakers, take part in factory tours, undertake summer work placements, and engage in real engineering projects set by industrial collaborators.

Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living expenses while undertaking a placement.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

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 upcoming 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.

Module Overview

All engineers must be familiar with design strategies, methods of assessing design proposals, approaches to reducing uncertainty, formal communication techniques, and the industrial and legal standards in which they fit. Mechanical Engineering tudents can independently learn and demonstrate the fundamentals of mechanical technical drawing and computer aided design (CAD) while Electrical Engineers can independently learn and demonstrate the fundamentals of electrical drawing and CAD.

Students will then come together to form interdisciplinary groups who will produce an electro-mechanical design solution which meets a practical objective and considers the commercial, economic, social and environmental implications via a broad critique of the state of the art.

Module Overview

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 students with a foundation in electrical engineering and electronics.

Module Overview

This module can 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 students 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 visualise 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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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 later module.

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

How you are assessed

The way students are assessed may vary for each module. These may include written examinations, coursework assignments, laboratory reports, technical reports, technical notes, dissertations, portfolios, computer-based tests and assessed simulations, and demonstrations of prototypes and exhibitions.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, to include a grade B in Maths.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall to include Higher Level grade 5 in Maths

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Maths

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Science Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/sfysfyub/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Career Opportunities

This course aims to produce industry-ready graduates able to make an immediate impact in the workplace. Partnerships with global automation and robotics companies help us to ensure that the programme is informed by the very latest demands of the sector. Professional engineers have the chance to design and develop the systems of the future. Lincoln Engineering graduates have progressed into a variety of engineering careers around the world at companies including Siemens and Rolls-Royce.

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