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FdSc Engineering (Automation)

Validated by University of Lincoln

The rise of new digital engineering technologies, known as Industry 4.0, is a transformation that makes it possible to gather and analyse data across machines, enabling faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs. This manufacturing revolution will increase productivity, shift economics, foster industrial growth, and modify the profile of the workforce ultimately changing the competitiveness of companies and regions.

Undertaking the FdSc in Engineering (Automation) validated by the University of Lincoln will allow you to develop your knowledge and expertise from the basics of pneumatics and electronics through mechatronics, process control, robotics and PLCs right up to exploring concepts such as artificial intelligence, big data and analytics, cybersecurity, augmented reality.

The FdSc in Engineering (Automation) has a predominantly practical focus for many of the modules with the learning, and teaching strategy adopting an integrated learning approach of lectures and workshop-based tutorials to develop student understanding of theoretical concepts with hands on learning experience in the tutorial workshops. Students will have access to the UCNL’s purpose-built Engineering laboratories to undertake Robotics, Electronics, Mechatronics and Control Systems and Industry 4.0 practical sessions. Students will also have the opportunity to visit relevant industrial sites to conceptualise their learning. Work placements are encouraged, and students are supported in gaining relevant vocational experience.

Full-time, two days per week over the academic year with the course running over 2 Years.

UCAS Course Code: 8P9Y

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    Level 4 (Year 1 full time)

    – Engineering Mechanics (15 credits)
    – Electrical and Electronic Technology (15 credits)
    – Introduction to Robotics (15 credits)
    – Matter and Interactions (15 credits)
    – Mathematical Skills for Engineers (15 credits)
    – Computing and Programming for Engineers (15 credits)
    – Design Challenge for Engineers (30 credits)

    Level 5 (Year 2 full time)

    – Analogue Electronics (15 Credits)
    – Applied Thermofluids (15 credits)
    – Control Systems (15 Credits)
    – Data Modelling and Simulation (15 credits)
    – Electrical Power and Machines (15 Credits)
    – Innovation Project (15 Credits)
    – Mechatronics Systems (15 Credits)
    – Solid Body Mechanics (15 Credits)

    A variety of forms of coursework assessment are employed on the programme. These include written descriptive and numerical assignments, short tests, laboratory and workshop appraisals, personal projects, group work, self- and peer-assessment, portfolio preparation and case studies.

    You will normally be required to have achieved the BTEC National Certificate or Diploma or A Level or NVQ/VRQ level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area. If you hold significant practical experience or craft qualifications but not the usual level 3 entry requirement, your application would also be considered, subject to an interview with an appropriate member of the teaching team or Programme Leader.

    On completing this FdSc, students can continue their studies with the University of Lincoln on the Automation Engineering Bachelor Of Science With Honours (BSc (Hons)) programme, which provides an opportunity for students to deepen their learning through engagement with a substantial project linked to their own industries.
    For those graduates completing (BSc (Hons)) you will be able to demonstrate a professional who’s prepared for a career as Automation Engineers with a broad knowledge and understanding of modern Automation Systems that is informed by the industrial state of the art and best practices.


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    Course Fees

    Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).
    There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay.
    Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
    Printing and photocopying.
    If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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