Mechanical Principles & Applications (bite-sized HE Course)

Course Code: MPAUP
Learning Aim Code: Z0001990
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time bite-sized HE course - a module from the BTEc HNC/D in Engineering
Duration: 16 weeks - one half-day per week
Campus: Paget Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you work in the engineering industry and want to further your knowledge of mechanical engineering, this short part-time module (part of the BTEc HNC/D in Engineering) will develop your understanding of an extended range of mechanical principles that underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems.

We have a state-of-the-art modern engineering workshop equipped with a range of industry-standard equipment including millers, lathes, CNC tooling and laser cutters, along with fabrication and welding equipment such as Tig, Mig and Arc welders and CAD suites.

What will I learn?

During this course you will learn how to determine the:

  • Behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading systems
  • Behavioural characteristics of loaded beams and cylinders
  • Dynamic parameters of power transmission system elements
  • Dynamic parameters of rotating systems

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of complex loading systems
  • Gain knowledge of the concept of volumetric strain and the relationship between elastic constants
  • Learn how to determine dimensional changes in loaded cylinders
  • Build on your existing knowledge of the relationship between the distribution of shear force and bending moment in loaded beams
  • Learn how to investigate the balancing of rotating systems
  • Understand how to determine flywheel mass
  • Learn how to analyse the use of mechanical power transmission systems
  • Extend your knowledge of rotating system elements

How will I be assessed?

  • This is an assignment-based course and there are no exams
  • You will be continually assessed throughout the course via assignments and the production of a detailed portfolio
  • What can I do next?

    Completion of the module will enable you to:

  • Use the skills you have gained in the workplace
  • Continue with further study and progress to the HNC/D in engineering
  • What are the Entry Requirements?

    As this module is part of an HNC/D qualification, you are required to be over 18 years of age and have the following qualifications:

  • Two A Levels – preferably in maths or science OR
  • BTec certificate or diploma in engineering or a related discipline
  • - Mature students will be considered in light of relevant work/life experience

    - Non-EU students are required to have an IELTS or equivalent university qualification

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