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Foundation Degree in Mechanical Design and Manufacture

Level 4-5
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years, full-time; three years, part-time.

Do you have a drive to make things work? This will underpin the aims of this course. The modules that have been assembled to make up the programme are designed to be challenging and to establish a knowledge base suitable for a career in technology.

Students can expect a varied and enriched learning experience due to the positive engagement with local industries.


Modules include:

Level 4:
1. Analytical Methods - This module focuses upon the mathematical strategies and processes involved in solving a wide range of engineering problems. The module aims include being able to:
- develop an appreciation of the need for accurate analysis of engineering problems
- improve confidence and competence in the use of numerical and analytical techniques
- motivate students to use mathematics software packages for engineering solutions

2. Engineering Science - This module provides an introduction to solid mechanics and energy systems so that students will have a firm base from which to work when they undertake further studies. The module aims include being able to:
- impart a sound understanding of the effects of forces and moments on the design of machine or structural elements
- provide an understanding of the fundamentals of stress, strain, and linear elasticity
- analyse and evaluate the use of the prismatic bar as a structural element
- impart a sound understanding of kinematics, dynamics and energy systems

3. Engineering Materials - This module provides an introduction to solid mechanics and energy systems so that students will have a firm base from which to work when they undertake further studies. The module aims include being able to:
- develop an appreciation of different types of material
- show what effect the processing method will have on the properties and service life of a material
- provide an understanding of the basic structure of materials and how this relates to mechanical properties
- show how the properties of a material can be controlled

4. Developing Graduate Skills - This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for appropriate academic work and employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles. The module aims to enable students to develop a comprehensive portfolio of evidence that supports their career development and practice.

5. Organisational Behaviour - This module considers how organisational behaviour and attitude influences the behaviour of individuals and groups at work. The module will use a range of theories and managerial approaches to analyse and explain human behaviour at work. The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the theory of how organisations manage employees to achieve a range of managerial objectives. The intention being to consider organisational and employee behaviour from a theoretical perspective.

Level 5:
1. Advanced CAD Techniques - This module develops both 2D and 3D modelling skills and the use of computer simulation in support of engineering tasks. The module aims include being able to:
- evaluate the differences between 2D drawing, wire-frame, surface and solid modelling techniques and their relationship to the manufacturing process
- develop the skills necessary to produce models in the development of a design brief
- develop the skills necessary to produce visualisations
- investigate the use of simulation software
Assessment is through a combination of assignments, in course assessments and end of module examinations. The majority of students' project module is industry based and has been acknowledged as exceptional by both academics and industry.
You will be required to have 64 UCAS points, this equates to MM at National Diploma, or MMP at Extended Diploma, in a related subject or A-level equivalents. You will need Maths and English GCSEs at grade 5/4 or above, or equivalent.

Interview will take place for mature learner entry, where experience will be taken into consideration.
Foundation degrees stand alone as a qualification in their own right, but there are a number of routes open to you once you have successfully completed the foundation degree programme. For example, you could:
- continue to study at Petroc on the full-time or part-time BA (Hons) Professional Development (Health and Social Care)
- use your foundation degree to further your existing career
- start a new career pathway in the sector
- continue onto a relevant Level 6 Honours Degree course (subject to eligibility)
- apply to continue your studies on another related programme
Engineering Centre of Excellence, with well-equipped mechanical workshops and computing facilities.
You will need a memory stick for storing your work.
It is suggested that you purchase a 'Casio 991ES plus' calculator and check reading lists provided.
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
Q: Are their companies that will employ me and give me day release?
A: Yes, local employers are constantly looking to improve the status of the company by having more employees with higher qualifications and support them by giving employees day release, you need to discuss this with your employer.

Q: Can I do this course if I have not been in education for a while?
A: Yes you should book an interview and we will give you some support before you start on the programme. You need to bear in mind that this programme is essentially an analytical course and over the programme you will also develop your technical writting.

Foundation Degree in Mechanical Design and Manufacture
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