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Computer Aided Engineering  BEng (Hons)

Computer Aided Engineering BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering

UCAS Code

H132

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years or four years sandwich. Part-time: five-six years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    H132; Short form: BEng/CAE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Develop the core knowledge and skills you need to thoroughly understand modern engineering processes on this long-standing course. Our engineers graduate with the ability to skilfully apply their engineering experience to the research, design and development, manufacture, operation, and maintenance of high technology products, systems and services. The course includes advanced, industry-standard CAE techniques for design, manufacture and production, supported by all the appropriate engineering science and knowledge. You’ll leave with an appreciation of the role of the engineer in industrial wealth creation and society as a whole - and the skills you need for a rewarding career.

 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2 including Maths at C, Physics at C or STEM at C; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit including Maths units
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

There is still time to apply

Course at a Glance

Year 1

The module listings below apply to full-time study. If studying part-time you can take up to four modules per year. With a suitable HND in Engineering it is possible to enter the final year of the course.

Compulsory modules

  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Drawing & CAD
  • Mathematics
  • Electronics & Instrumentation.
  • Mechanics
  • Software Development 1

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Design & Development
  • CAD
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Operations Management A
  • Instrumentation and Interfaces
  • Software Development 2

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced CAD
  • Engineering Simulation
  • Operations Management B
  • Manufacturing Simulation
  • A major project

Optional modules - choose one:

  • Computer Aided Tribology
  • Control Systems
  • Engineering Design

Further Information

Throughout the course you will experience and develop analytical skills for design, manufacturing and organisational skills; all essential to the modern graduate engineer. First year studies provide the core knowledge and skills essential to a thorough understanding of engineering processes and include: manufacturing engineering; electronics; mechanics; engineering drawing; and analytical methods. Subsequently, competence is further developed by taking more specialised CAE modules in computer-aided design, finite element analysis and simulation. Final year projects encourage detailed exploration of your own specific areas of interest.

Our close links with industry mean everything you’ll learn reflects current best practice - especially as you’ll be taught by staff with successful careers in the aerospace and automotive industries.

 

The course is delivered by staff from the School of Engineering who are active in both research and knowledge transfer.

 

  • Matthew Dickinson is lecturer and course leader for the BEng (Hons)/Meng Computer Aided Engineering course. He is lecturing in Fundamental Engineering Simulation. He is currently completing a PhD in investigating the role of running-in in race Engines.
  • Hadley Brooks is a lecturer in our mechanical Engineering course. He is lecturing Manufacturing and sustainable Manufacturing. His area of research interest in additive manufacturing.
  • Tony Broad has academic and practical engineering skills with expertise in practical composites manufacturing. Active industrial links with local companies to promote visits and graduate placement opportunities.

Areas of Expertise include:

  • Engineering Design and Manufacture, 2D & 3D CAD/Drafting with AutoCAD - CAD/CAM with Alphacam, 3D CAD Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, 3D Studio Max, Engineering Simulation - FEA, Motion Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Composites Design and Manufacture, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Materials Technology.
  • Prof Ian Sherrington has an inter-disciplinary background in physics, mathematics, computing, and engineering, and has interests in wear prediction, wear measurement, friction measurement, effects of wear debris, lubricant leakage and oil film thickness measurement.
  • Graham Calderbank is an engineering lecturer and researcher at the University of Central Lancashire. He teaches across several engineering courses in a variety of subject areas, including fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, dynamic systems relating to motor sports, engineering focussed computer programming with MATLAB and LabView, and the design & development of engineering products. Graham is also involved in research with the Jost Institute, and is currently investigating the lubrication of crosshead engines with a view to developing a control system to optimise the lubrication of two-stroke marine diesel engines. Prior to joining UCLan, Graham spent several years as a product engineer for a Lancashire based company that designed and manufactured automotive components.

The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results show 93% of Computer Aided Engineering students are overall satisfied with their course, with 97% rating for staff are good at explaining things/have made the subject interesting.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Sandwich year fees: £900

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Students are offered a year in industry between second and third year, with companies including: Velocity Composites, Totally wicked, Leyland Trucks, BAE systems, Unison and Triumph Motorcycles.

Professional Accreditation

The quality of this course has been recognised with accreditation for partially meeting education requirement for Chartered Engineer status (CEng) by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Learning Environment and Assessment

We use lectures and applications based learning through assignments and design briefs. You'll use a substantial student workshop for the module in manufacturing as well as traditional lecture rooms for other modules. In recent years, the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences has moved into a brand new building with impressive computer facilities and specialist labs.

You’ll have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovative projects.

Our close links with industry mean everything you’ll learn reflects current best practice - especially as you’ll be taught by staff with successful careers in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Assessment is done using formal examinations and coursework. As the course progresses, less emphasis is given to assessment by examination and more to coursework.

Opportunities

This course offers an optional 48 week sandwich placement in industry. You will be managed by an industrial supervisor to solve real problems to a professional standard. The benefit of the experience is evident in improved performance in the final year and when competing for graduate jobs.

Engineering graduates are in greater demand than ever, which means the options for you are rich and endless, including careers in aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development.

A first or second class honours degree in Computer Aided Engineering will allow you to proceed to master studies. You may consider our MEng Computer Aided Engineering. You may apply to a suitable masters in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, product design or management. A third class honours degree in Computer Aided Engineering will allow you to proceed to further to postgraduate studies.

Facilities

You’ll have access to modern computer facilities and specialist laboratories in electronics, manufacturing and motor sports, and learn how to use state-of-the-art engineering software including Solid Works, Ansys, MatLab and Excel, and how to perform advanced simulations.

Engine Build / Dynamometer Workshops

Engineering / CNC Workshops

Composites (GRP bodywork) Workshop

Motorsports Workshops