Degree Programme Specification 2017/2018
BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
|To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. This information is created when new programmes are established and is only updated periodically as programmes are formally reviewed. It is therefore only accurate on the date of last revision.|
|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:||The Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|Final award:||BEng (Hons)|
|Programme title:||Mechanical Engineering|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||Engineering|
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||John Chick|
|Date of production/revision:||July 2012|
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
Teaching and learning methods and strategies
Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, tutorial classes, laboratory classes, computing classes, design project classes and self-study projects.
A1 is acquired in through participation in programme courses. Students also have the opportunity to take courses from outside of the engineering subject area in Year 1 which reinforce the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations.
A2 Intellectual ability is applied and assessed in all courses across all years of all Mechanical Engineering programmes.
A3 is primarily acquired through the Mathematics courses in Year 1 and 2. Further specialised mathematics provided in some courses in Year 3 (Computer Methods for Mechanical Engineering 3, Control and Instrumentation 3, Solid Mechanics 3, Dynamics 3)
A4 is introduced in Mechanical Engineering Design 2A and developed in design courses and projects, and Mechanical Engineering Practice in Year 3, Individual Project and Group Design Project 4.
A5 is introduced in Engineering 1 and developed in Mechanical Engineering Practice 3 and Mechanical Design Principles 3.
B1 is acquired in almost all taught courses in mechanical engineering across all years. Students also have the opportunity to study additional courses in Physics, Chemistry and Materials in Year 1.
B2 is acquired though courses shared with other engineering disciplines (especially Year 2), courses taught by other engineering disciplines for Mechanical Engineering students (e.g. Instrumentation and Control) and Group Project 4.
B3 is introduced in Engineering 1 and mechanical Engineering 1courses and developed mainly through the design teaching (Mechanical Engineering Design 2A/B, Mechanical Design Principles 3) and the Years 3 and 4 Group Design Projects, and the Individual Project.
B4 is introduced in Years 2 and 3 design courses and projects, and applied in Group Design Project 4.
C1 Covered in Design courses (and projects) in Years 1, 2 and 3, and Group Design Project 4. Management aspects covered in Year 4 management courses.
C2 is introduced in Mechanical Engineering Design 2A/2B and developed in the design courses, design projects and Mechanical Engineering Practice in Year 3, Individual Project and Group Design Project 4.
C3 is encouraged by the use of project work in the 3rd year and 4th year design courses, the 4th year BEng Final Year Project, and course work assignments in Honours courses.
D1 is introduced in the Engineering 1 course and developed mainly through the design teaching, Honours Group Design Projects, and the Individual Project. CPD introduced to students in first year through the “Careers in the Curriculum” initiative in Engineering 1 and reinforced in Mechanical Engineering Practice 3 by external speakers and talks from the careers service. Report writing and presentational skills are developed across all years of the programmes.
D2 is introduced in Years 2 and 3 design courses and projects, and applied in Group Design Project 4.
E1 is fostered progressively by increasing demands for the timely submission of coursework in a number of parallel subjects. Time and resource management are developed with the 4th year study and design projects.
E2 Students are introduced to general IT skills from week 1 of the 1st year course and subsequent years make increasing demands in the IT area.
E3 is developed mainly through the design teaching (Mechanical Engineering Design 2A/B, Mechanical Design Principles 3) and the Years 3 and 4 Group Design Projects, and the Individual Project.
F1 Practical and laboratory skills are developed in many courses from the first to the third year. Workshop skills are developed in the Engineering Applications programmes in second and third year, and the strip-and-build exercises in Mechanical Engineering 1. Computing skills are developed across second, third and fifth year through the use of industry-standard engineering software packages. The skills acquired above are applied through group projects and the individual project.
F2 Workshop skills covered in Strip-and-Build section of Mechanical Engineering 1, Engineering Applications 2 and 3, and Individual Project. Laboratory skills acquired across taught courses with laboratories in Years 1, 2 and 3. Also covered in Individual Project.
F3 is acquired through laboratory and design teaching in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of the course and the individual and design projects in the 4th year, all of which have a literature/web search component, together with the 3rd year Industrial Visits programme which includes discussions with plant managers and personnel.
F4 is largely associated with the design and Individual projects in the 3rd and 4th year.F5 figures in nearly all the practical activities up to and including the 4th year projects. Reporting of results is required in all cases and takes the forms of group and individual written and oral reports, and poster sessions.
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment methods and strategies
Assessment of knowledge and understanding is tested through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework. The yearly weighting of written examinations and coursework averages 60% and 40% respectively. Particularly in Honours years of the programme, written papers comprise compulsory questions to test for competence in all learning outcomes. Knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals is also assessed with the material covered in the project work and assignments associated with design teaching.
Although some written examinations are set, much of the assessment of analytical skills is conducted by use of marked coursework exercises and the marking of the 3rd and 4th year design and individual projects.
Practical skills are assessed in the form of marked reports, dissertations, posters and oral presentations. Much emphasis is placed on the ability to work well in group situations.Feedback is provided for all written submissions, including examinations, and on oral presentations. Thus all summative assessment has a formative element. In addition, there are opportunities for formative work in computing exercises and practice exam questions in first year and in tutorials, workshops and project meetings across all years of the programme.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.
Engineering graduates have a number of excellent career options available to them. Studying Engineering at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a career as a professional engineer in the UK or abroad and all courses meet the requirements of the UK professional engineering bodies. Typically many of our graduates move on to work in internationally leading engineering companies in technical, consultancy and managerial roles, including company directorships.
Alternatively, the skills and experience you gain through your degree will also equip you for a career outside engineering and many of our graduates have gone on to work in other areas, including the Civil Service, education, the armed forces and the financial sector. Engineers enjoy some of the highest starting salaries of any graduates.