Students benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning styles – from traditional seminars, lectures and tutorials to state-of-the-art multimedia and electronic learning systems.
There are certain core (compulsory) modules such as computing and mathematics that all students study. The optional modules vary from year to year. Typical modules may include the following.
Computer Methods (10 credits – core)
The aim of this module is to develop your skills in, and awareness of, the use of programming techniques and basic computer modelling methods. The module aims to reinforce mathematic skills and techniques.
Topics covered are:
- data structures and formats
- plotting of graphical data
- programming structure and style
- relational and logical operators
- conditional statements and loops
- user I/O and data import/export
- simple file handling
Foundation Mathematics 1 and 2
You will develop your mathematical knowledge and understanding of mathematical processes to help solve basic problems in engineering and science. These modules provide you with techniques in basic and advanced algebra, complex numbers, coordinate geometry and trigonometry, and calculus.
Professional, Experimental and Academic Competencies
The aim of this module is to develop the student’s skills in, and awareness of, effective learning strategies, time management, written and oral communications and appropriate use of Information Technology in the context of their field of study.
The aim of this module is to develop the students' basic study skills. This will be done with an overarching aim to improve the students’ awareness of research and communication methods relevant to an engineering/science-related discipline. The following topic areas will be covered:
- information gathering
- effective use of the library
- time management
- effective technical writing through reports
- laboratory reports and posters
- plagiarism, the consequences and how to avoid it
- error analysis in experimentation
- giving a technical presentation
- using electronic resources (WORD, EXCEL)
- working as a member of a team and group project work
- preparing for exams for professional, experimental and academic competencies
The Universe/Molecules on the Move (10 credits – core)
An introduction to astronomy, covering general physical principles including cosmology, gravitational fields and orbits, observational techniques in astronomy, and stellar evolution. Molecules on the Move explores the thermal and mechanical properties of matter.
Study Skills (10 credits – core)
This module develops study skills, improving your awareness of research and communication methods, referencing, and presentation skills.
Electricity and Magnetism/Electrical Circuit Principles (10 credits each)
Providing a basic knowledge of electricity and magnetism, these modules look at a range of component technologies, from inductors and capacitors through to simple semiconductors. In the second semester, topics include; AC circuits, circuit analysis techniques and electrical resonance.
Foundation Mechanics/Further Mechanics (10 credits each)
These two modules will introduce you to the concept of scalars and vectors, and give you a broad grounding in the basic response of rigid structures to imposed forces and to linear and circular motion.
Vibration and Waves/Properties of Matter (10 credits each)
These engineering physics modules provide a grounding in the physical explanations of vibrations and waves. This will cover the analysis of simple engineering and physical systems. You will also study the atom, atomic structures and behaviour.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue
for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 18 August 2020.