Digital Technology for Engineering MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT004

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
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Overview

This course is a conversion course which aims to enable students from a technical, maths, computing or other related background to equip themselves with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable the deployment of digital systems into highly technological organisations.

Rapid advances in digital technologies and connectivity have changed the landscape of industry to the extent that many believe we are at the beginning of a fourth industrial revolution. This digital future will require a new generation of highly computer-literate engineers who can harness the power of digital engineering and take it to the workplace.

Individuals who have the skill set to design, implement and support these new ‘smart’ techniques and systems to improve industrial competitiveness could be highly employable in this future digital landscape.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

This is a conversion course which aims to enable students from a technical, maths, computing or other related background to equip themselves with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable the deployment of digital systems into highly technological organisations.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Consultancy Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Design Principles and Practice
    • Robotics and Automation
    • Optimisation and Simulation
    • Vision Systems and Sensors in Industry

  • Semester 2

    • Industrie 4.0 Group Project
    • Computer Architecture and System Programming
    • Security of Emerging Connected Systems
    • Research Methods and Project Introduction

  • Semester 3

    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
    • Final Dissertation

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • High levels of application and practitioner experience.
  • Access to the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) facilities.
  • Delivered by computing and engineering academics with industrial background.
  • This course includes the Consultancy Global Professional Development module, giving you the opportunity to develop practical leadership skills to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that you will experience in organisations.
  • Free Affiliate membership of the Chartered Management Institute during your studies, giving you access to a whole host of benefits.
  • Provides you with the opportunity to enhance your ability to solve real-world industry related problems both individually and as part of a team.

Your main study themes are:

Design Principles & Practice: Introduces you to the role of computer aided engineering (CAE) in the process of engineering design, development, production and verification. We examine design methods, criteria and the relationship with production methods, efficiency, processing choices and part variation from design nominal dimensional values.

Robotics and Automation: Aims to provide an understanding of the application of automation techniques and mechatronics in manufacturing to enable you to specify, design and develop automation systems.

Optimisation & Simulation: Aims to provide an understanding of several production engineering and operations management concepts which enable you to map, analyse and manage engineering production operations. This includes simulation to identify problems and provide solutions before actual implementation.

Vision Systems and Sensors in Industry: Introduces you to the fundamentals of image processing, including two dimensional (2D) machine vision techniques and methodologies for object detection, pose estimation, inspection and measurement followed by an overview of a range of three dimensional (3D) machine vision systems that can be employed in industry

Industrie 4.0 Group Project: The Industrie 4.0 initiative introduced by the German government promotes the use of digital technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) within the engineering and manufacturing environment. The emphasis is to investigate/solve a current Industrie 4.0 issue using the skill set developed during the programme of study.

Computer Architecture & System Programming: aims to enhance students’ understanding of computer systems including the structure, organisation and operation. Before moving on to more advanced architectures, including systems software and application tools they support. Parallel and distributed architectures are examined with examples of suitable applications including their performance and integration into heterogeneous systems.

Security of Emerging Connected Systems: seeks to provide students with an appreciation of information security concepts and an understanding of how they are applied using Internet of Things (IoT) and Mobile Device (MD) technologies. The importance of a security policy is considered and client-side, data-transmission, server and operating system security vulnerabilities are examined in-depth.

The course can be studied full-time over one year, starting in September. Full-time study comprises three 16-week semesters; each taught module has 11 weeks of teaching followed by three study weeks and two assessment weeks.

Many of the modules adopt an activity-led learning approach, for example, we might investigate anything from very specific technical issues concerning ‘data security’, new materials for a specific product, issues like planning for sustainability or connectivity at the strategic level for a company or industry.

Skills and laboratory sessions include much ‘hands-on’ work, for example use of industry standard software systems for robotic or automation, computer aided design (CAD) and modelling and simulation.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which depend upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework assignments, which could involve design, analysis and experimentation or computer simulation. They may include written assessments, presentations, posters, oral or written examinations and formal reports.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • The evaluation of current and emerging digital technologies and their associated software, hardware processes and technologies.
  • The optimisation of production engineering and production operations management using appropriate mathematical, statistical and simulation methods, recognising the limitations of these methods.
  • The systematic understanding of digital manufacturing technologies and approaches and the impact that digital artefacts and digital data has on the competitiveness of manufacturing environments.
  • The critical appreciation of the digital engineering and management challenges in global business and manufacturing operations including the ethical, legal, social, environmental and economic constraints.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • apply the key and emerging concepts of digital technology in an industrial and global environment.
  • solve complex problems both systematically and creatively through the application of digital tools, techniques and software.
  • critically and analytically link theory with practice and apply their knowledge and technical expertise to the analysis of engineering issues using digital solutions.
  • recommend and apply appropriate philosophies, tools, techniques and systems associated with achieving operational excellence within a commercial industrial environment
  • demonstrate the application of legal and ethical requirements associated digital technology in an industrial environment

In a typical week, you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial, later individual project supervision, every week.
  • Medium/large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures, 7 hours of practical laboratory, workshops or seminars every week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 16-20 hours of self-directed study each week, for example revising, using guided handouts, online activities and background reading.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience, which is reflected throughout the teaching experience. The course may recruit diverse international graduates and also promotes multicultural experience.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should be an honours graduate of any relevant mathematics, computing or engineering discipline (minimum 2:2 or higher), however entry qualifications are flexible and applications will also be considered on an individual basis.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with an equivalent qualification, from mature candidates and from those with a lower qualification but relevant industrial experience.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘relevant disciplines’ or ‘relevant industrial experience’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

To enter this course you should be an honours graduate of any relevant mathematics, computing or engineering discipline (minimum 2:2 or higher), however entry qualifications are flexible and applications will also be considered on an individual basis.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with an equivalent qualification, from mature candidates and from those with a lower qualification but relevant industrial experience.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘relevant disciplines’ or ‘relevant industrial experience’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter this course you should be an honours graduate of any relevant mathematics, computing or engineering discipline (minimum 2:2 or higher), however entry qualifications are flexible and applications will also be considered on an individual basis.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with an equivalent qualification, from mature candidates and from those with a lower qualification but relevant industrial experience.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘relevant disciplines’ or ‘relevant industrial experience’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Professional engineering bodies like the Engineering Council and Engineering UK and RAE have predicted that the UK needs to create one million new engineers over the next five years to meet the challenges of digital industry.

As a result, there is likely to be high employer demand for graduates who can introduce and support the next generation of digital technologies, processes and systems. This conversion course equips students with an ideal skill set.

This qualification will be relevant for all industrial sectors including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, food, clothing and pharmaceutical.

Where our graduates work

Graduates on similar courses have gone on to secure roles in digital engineering, communications, production engineering and manufacturing management.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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