Pearson HN Flex Engineering (1-4 units)

UniCourse has now been approved by Pearson to offer learners the opportunity to study Pearson Higher National units individually, between 1-4 units, with Pearson's new HN Flex scheme, all via online distance learning.

The HN Flex scheme allows you to gain skills in a more efficient and bite-size way, without having to enrol in a full qualification course. It means you can study individual, stackable Higher National (HN) units with the progression opportunity of a full, long-term Higher National qualification in the future.

HN Flex may appeal to you if you are:
• Someone who has previously studied HN units or obtained an HNC or HND, and you would like to top up your knowledge and skills base.
• Have the long-term ambition of obtaining a Higher National qualification, but for the time being would only like to study a few topics/units, which can be banked and then used later on down the line towards your qualification.
• Interested in gaining more niche skills, to upskill or reskill, for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), instead of completing a full qualification.
• Interested in studying a combination of topics/units from both our HN Engineering and HN Business programmes. Someone working in engineering who is required to develop skills in business management would take up this route.

Upon completing an individual HN unit, students receive a Certificate of Unit Credit (CoUC) which will detail the unit(s) studied, Ofqual number and the unit credits. Students can then progress to a full HN via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Benefits For Students:
• Fully accredited by Pearson BTEC. 15 credits awarded per unit under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
• Flexible, unlimited tutor support.
• No exams! All assessments are based on assignments that you submit in your own time.
• Fast marking within 48 hours of submission.
• Flexible study that you can complete in your own time - you can balance work, life and your studies.
• Credits banked towards internationally recognised courses – BTEC Higher Nationals are delivered by universities, colleges, and distance learning providers in 60 countries around the world.
• Flexible and competitive payment plans.
• 14-day money-back guarantee.
• No attendance required – All learning and assessment resources are hosted online.
• All learning objectives are part of the RQF framework, and all resources are the same as the usual Pearson BTEC HNC/D resources.

Benefits For Employers:
• Provide CPD via specific occupationally relevant units.
• No need for long commitment to a full qualification.
• Lower investment.
• The ability to target specific knowledge, skills and behaviours and upskill employees rapidly.
• The chance to build relationships with the region’s local college/s.

Module Details - How Will It Work?

Below you will be able to view all the HN Engineering units available to select from, along with the official Pearson unit specifications (click on the unit title), as well as sample resources for each unit. Please note that if you don't have a Pearson HNC in Engineering, you may only select level 4 units, as the same entry requirements apply.

U19 Electrical & Electronic Principles (Level 4)

This unit will give a wide overview of the electrical and electronic principles used in engineering.

On successful completion of this unit, students will have a good and wide-ranging grasp of the underlying principles of electrical and electronic circuits and devices and will be able to proceed with confidence to further study.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Apply an understanding of fundamental electrical quantities to evaluate circuits
with constant voltages and currents.

2. Evaluate circuits with sinusoidal voltages and currents.

3. Describe the basis of semiconductor action and its application to simple
electronic devices.

4. Explain the difference between digital and analogue electronics, describing simple
applications of each.

U15 Automation, Robotics and PLCs (Level 4)

The aim of this unit is for students to investigate how Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and industrial robots can be programmed to successfully implement automated engineering solutions.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to program PLCs and robotic manipulators to achieve a set task, describe the types and uses of PLCs and robots available, write simple PLC programs, and program industrial robots with straightforward commands and safety factors.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Describe the design and operational characteristics of a PLC system.

2. Design a simple PLC program by considering PLC information, programming and
communication techniques.

3. Describe the key elements of industrial robots and be able to program them with
straightforward commands to perform a given task.

4. Investigate the design and safe operation of a robot within an industrial
application.

U16 Instrumentation and Control Systems (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the important principles, components and practices of instrumentation in the controlling of a process system, together with the terminology, techniques and components that are used in such a system.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain why the measurement of system parameters is critical to a successful process control performance, describe when and how such measurements are carried out, and develop skills in applying predicted values in order to ensure stability within a control system for a range of input waveforms.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Identify the instrumentation systems and devices used in process control.

2. Investigate the industrial process control systems.

3. Analyse the control concepts and technologies used within an industrial process.

4. Apply predicted values to ensure stability within a control system.

U20 Digital Principles (Level 4)

The unit introduces the two main branches of digital electronics, combinational and sequential. Thus, the student gains familiarity in the fundamental elements of digital circuits, notably different types of logic gates and bistables. The techniques by which such circuits are analysed, introduced and applied, including Truth Tables, Boolean Algebra, Karnaugh Maps, and Timing Diagrams.

On successful completion of this unit, students will have a good grasp of the principles of digital electronic circuits and will be able to proceed with confidence to further study.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Explain and analyse simple combinational logic circuits.

2. Explain and analyse simple sequential logic circuits.

3. Describe and evaluate the technologies used to implement digital electronic
circuits.

4. Describe and analyse a range of digital subsystems, hence establishing the
building blocks for larger systems.

U21 Electrical Machines (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the characteristics and operational parameters of a range of electromagnetic powered machines that are used in a variety of applications.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to identify the constructional features and applications of transformers; investigate the starting methods and applications of three-phase induction motors and synchronous machines; investigate the types of generator available in the industry by assessing their practical application; and analyse the operating characteristics of electromagnetic transducers and actuators.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Assess the constructional features and applications of transformers.

2. Analyse the starting methods and applications of three-phase induction motors
and synchronous machines.

3. Investigate the types of generator available in industry by assessing their practical
applications.

4. Analyse the operating characteristics of electromagnetic transducers and
actuators.

U22 Electronic Circuits and Devices (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the use of electronics manufacturers’ data to analyse the performance of circuits and devices, the operational characteristics of amplifier circuits, the types and effects of feedback on a circuit performance, and the operation and application of oscillators. They will also be introduced to the application of testing procedures to electronic devices and circuits and use the findings of the tests to evaluate their operation.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to determine the operational characteristics of amplifier circuits, investigate the types and effects of feedback on an amplifier’s performance, examine the operation and application of oscillators and apply testing procedures to electronic devices and circuits.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Determine the operational characteristics of amplifier circuits.

2. Investigate the types and effects of feedback on an amplifier’s performance.

3. Examine the operation and application of oscillators.

4. Apply testing procedures to electronic devices and circuits.

U31 Electrical Systems and Fault Finding (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the characteristics and operational parameters of a range of electrical system components that are used in a variety of applications; and how to fault find when they go wrong.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to follow electrical system circuit diagrams, understand the operation of the various components that make up the system and select the most suitable fault-finding technique.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Investigate the constructional features and applications of electrical distribution
systems.

2. Examine the types and applications of electrical motors and generators.

3. Analyse the types of lighting circuits available in the industry by assessing their
practical application.

4. Explain the operating characteristics of electrical safety components.

U43 Further Electrical Machines and Drives (Level 5)

The aim of this unit is to continue developing the skills in the use and application of electrical machines, particularly direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) drives. Among the topics included in this unit are; an introduction to electrical machines and drives, and their characteristics, starting and braking, loading conditions, ratings, and their control.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the operation of different motors used in industry, describe the different types of industrial drives used in various disciplines, assess the importance of electrical machines and their drives for a given industrial application, analyse their performances and suggest appropriate solutions using a variety of possible methods.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Explore the principles of operation and the characteristics of electrical machines and their industrial applications.

2. Illustrate the fundamentals of power electronics converters used in power processing units for electric drives.

3. Demonstrate the fundamentals of DC drives and their industrial applications.

4. Demonstrate the fundamentals of AC drives and their industrial applications.

U44 - Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage (Level 5)

This unit presents a wide-ranging introduction to the field of existing and renewable energy systems. The unit will also explore the potential impacts of climate change and why more, and different forms of, sustainable energy sources are required together with the need for energy efficiency measures.

By the end of this unit, students will be able to examine the technological concepts behind providing a sustainable electrical energy supply for the future. They will also be able to describe how the fundamental technical and economic processes and drivers at play in the electrical power industry affect the selection and use of energy sources.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Evaluate energy demand to determine the technology and methods of energy production.

2. Discuss current energy efficiency measures, technologies and policies specific to the building and transportation sectors.

3. Analyse the control techniques of power electronics for renewable energy systems.

4. Investigate the impacts of renewable resources to the grid and the various issues associated with integrating such resources to the grid.

U45 Industrial Systems (Level 5)

This unit presents a structured approach to the development of advanced electronic solutions in a range of industrial situations. Among the topics included in this unit are techniques and applications of electrical and electronic engineering, as they apply to various branches of industry, such as component handling, controlling the speed or torque of a motor or responding to change of circumstances in a process.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to describe system elements and consider their overall characteristics. This provides opportunity for analytically assessing the accuracy and repeatability of electronic instruments.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Evaluate energy demand to determine the technology and methods of energy production.

2. Discuss current energy efficiency measures, technologies and policies specific to the building and transportation sectors.

3. Analyse the control techniques of power electronics for renewable energy systems.

4. Investigate the impacts of renewable resources to the grid and the various issues associated with integrating such resources to the grid.

U46 Embedded Systems

This unit builds on introductory knowledge students have already gained in electronic circuits. It develops their knowledge of computer hardware, focussing on the small, low-cost type of computer (i.e. a microcontroller), usually used in embedded systems. It then develops skill in devising circuits which operate external to the microcontroller and interface with it; generally, these relate to sensors, actuators, human interface or data transfer.

Students will also develop programming skills writing programmes which download straight to the microcontroller and cause it to interact with its external circuit. They will then explore the wider context of embedded systems, learning how they are applied in ‘hi-tech’ applications, in many cases revolutionising our ability to undertake certain activities.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Explore the principle features of a microcontroller and explain the purpose of its constituent parts.

2. Design and implement simple external circuitry, interfacing with a given microcontroller.

3. Write well-structured code in an appropriate programming language, to simulate, test and debug it.

4. Evaluate the applications of embedded systems in the wider environment, including in networked systems.

U52 Further Electrical, Electronic, and Digital Principles (Level 5)

The emphasis in this unit will be on developing a structured approach to the analysis of AC single-phase and three-phase powered circuitry. This will help students to arrive at the solution in the most efficient way, with the greatest probability of it being correct.

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to cope with increasingly complex problems and prepare them for the challenge of Level 6 academic programmes.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Use appropriate mathematical techniques to solve a range of electrical and electronic problems.

2. Apply appropriate circuit theorems to solve problems in electrical networks.

3. Use appropriate laboratory and computer simulation techniques to investigate both analogue and digital circuits and interpret the results.

4. Explain the characteristics of non-linear circuits to predict their behaviour under a
variety of conditions.

U63 Industrial Services (Level 5)

The student will be introduced to the fundamental principles of electrical power and lighting systems, the rudiments of industrial compressed air systems, the provision of steam for both power generation and process plant, and the applications and precepts of refrigeration plant and heat pumps.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to manage and maintain a wide range of commonly encountered industrial systems.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Apply the operating principles of electrical power and lighting systems.

2. Investigate the applications and efficiency of industrial compressors.

3. Discuss provision of steam services for process and power use.

4. Review industrial refrigeration and heat pump systems.

U8 Mechanical Principles (Level 4)

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the essential mechanical principles associated with engineering applications.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the underlying principles, requirements and limitations of mechanical systems.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Identify solutions to problems within static mechanical systems.

2. Illustrate the effects that constraints have on the performance of a dynamic mechanical system.

3. Investigate elements of simple mechanical power transmission systems.

4. Analyse natural and damped vibrations within translational and rotational mass-spring systems.

U13 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the principles and concepts of thermodynamics and its application in modern engineering.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties, apply the steady flow energy equation to plant equipment, examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications, and determine the performance of internal combustion engines.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Investigate fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties.

2. Apply the Steady Flow Energy Equation to plant equipment.

3. Examine the principles of heat transfer to industrial applications.

4. Determine the performance of internal combustion engines.

U11 Fluid Mechanics (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the fluid mechanics techniques used in mechanical engineering. The hydraulic devices and systems incorporate the transmission of hydraulic pressure and forces exerted by a static fluid on immersed surfaces.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to work with the concept and measurement of viscosity in fluids, and the characteristics of Newtonian and non- Newtonian fluids; examine fluid flow phenomena, including energy conservation, estimation of head loss in pipes and viscous drag; and examine the operational characteristics of hydraulic machines, in particular the operating principles of various water turbines and pumps.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Determine the behavioural characteristics of static fluid systems.

2. Examine the operating principles and limitations of viscosity measuring devices.

3. Investigate dynamic fluid parameters of real fluid flow.

4. Explore dynamic fluid parameters of real fluid flow.

U6 Mechatronics (Level 4)

Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical and computer/controlled engineering working together in automated systems and ‘smart’ product design.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the basic mechatronic system components and functions, design a simple mechatronic system specification for a given application, use appropriate simulation and modelling software to examine its operation and function, and solve faults on mechatronic systems using a range of techniques and methods.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Explain the design and operational characteristics of a mechatronic system.

2. Design a mechatronic system specification for a given application.

3. Examine the operation and function of a mechatronics system using simulation and modelling software.

4. Identify and correct faults in a mechatronic system.

U36 Advanced Mechanical Principles (Level 5)

The aim of this unit is to continue covering the topics discussed in Unit 9: Mechanical Principles. It will provide students with advanced knowledge of the mechanical theories associated with engineering applications.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to have more advanced knowledge of mechanical principles to determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading; assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels; determine specifications of power transmission system elements; and examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading.

2. Assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels.

3. Analyse the specifications of power transmission system elements.

4. Examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems.

U37 Virtual Engineering (Level 5)

This unit introduces students to the application of relevant Computer Aided Design (CAD) and analysis engineering tools in contemporary engineering. They will learn about standards, regulations and legal compliance within the context of engineering.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to consider how to perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, develop finite element product and system models, explain the identification of faults in the application of simulation techniques and discuss the modelling method and data accuracy.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Explore the capabilities and limitations of computer-based models in meeting design fundamentals and their use in solving problems in engineering.

2. Analyse finite element product and system models in order to find and solve potential structural or performance issues.

3. Perform CFD simulations to evaluate pressure and velocity distributions within an engineering setting.

4. Determine faults in the application of simulation techniques to evaluate the modelling method and data accuracy.

U64 Thermofluids (Level 5)

The aim of this unit is to provide a rational understanding of functional thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in common industrial applications.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to review industrial thermodynamic systems and their properties, examine the operation of practical steam and gas turbines plants, illustrate the properties of viscosity in fluids, and analyse fluid systems and hydraulic machines.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Review industrial thermodynamic systems and their properties.

2. Examine the operation of practical steam and gas turbines plants.

3. Illustrate the properties of viscosity in fluids.

4. Analyse fluid systems and hydraulic machines.

U14 Production Engineering for Manufacture (Level 4)

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to illustrate the role and purpose of production engineering and its relationship with the other elements of a manufacturing system. They will be able to select the most appropriate production processes and associated facility arrangements for manufacturing products of different material types and design a production system incorporating a number of different production processes.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Illustrate the role and purpose of production engineering and its relationship with the other elements of a manufacturing system.

2. Select the most appropriate production processes and associated facility arrangements, for manufacturing products of different material types.

3. Analyse how a production system can incorporate a number of different production processes for a given product or assembly.

4. Explore the effectiveness of a production system in terms of its operation within the wider manufacturing system.

U17 Quality and Process Improvement (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the importance of quality assurance processes in a manufacturing or service environment and the principles and theories that underpin them.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to illustrate the processes and applications of statistical process, explain the quality control tools used to apply costing techniques, identify the standards expected in the engineering environment to improve efficiency and examine how the concept of Total Quality Management and continuous improvement underpins modern manufacturing and service environments.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Illustrate the applications of statistical process control when applied in an industrial environment to improve efficiency.

2. Analyse cost-effective quality control tools.

3. Determine the role of standards in improving efficiency, meeting customer requirements and opening up new opportunities for trade.

4. Analyse the importance of Total Quality Management and continuous improvement in manufacturing environments.

U18 Maintenance Engineering (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the importance of equipment maintenance programmes, the benefits that well-maintained equipment brings to an organisation and the risk factors it faces if maintenance programmes and processes are not considered or implemented.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the importance of compliance with statutory regulations associated with asset maintenance, illustrate maintenance techniques adopted by the industry, work safely whilst performing maintenance tasks in an industrial environment and identify inspection and maintenance techniques.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Analyse the impact of relevant statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements on the industrial workplace.

2. Differentiate between the merits and use of different types of maintenance strategies in an industrial workplace.

3. Illustrate competence in working safely by correctly identifying the hazards and risks associated with maintenance techniques.

4. Apply effective inspection and maintenance techniques relative to a particular specialisation e.g. mechanical or electrical.

U48 Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Level 5)

The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of that complexity within a modern manufacturing environment.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the principles of a manufacturing system and consider how to design improvements. They will be introduced to all the elements that make up a modern manufacturing system, and they will learn how to optimise the operation of existing systems through discerning use of monitoring data.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Illustrate the principles of manufacturing systems engineering and explain their relevance to the design and enhancement of manufacturing systems.

2. Use a range of analysis tools, including value stream mapping, to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of a manufacturing system, and then develop an appropriate future state for that system.

3. Outline the impact of different production planning approaches on the effectiveness of a manufacturing system.

4. Define the responsibilities of manufacturing systems engineering and review how they enable successful organisations to remain competitive.

U49 Lean Manufacturing (Level 5)

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the principles and processes of lean manufacturing, so that they can become an effective and committed practitioner of lean in whatever industry sector they are employed in. To do this, the unit will explore the tools and techniques that are applied by organisations practicing lean.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the common principles of lean manufacturing, compare the Toyota Production System with the now more widely adopted generic approaches to lean manufacturing, utilise a range of the process improvement tools used within lean manufacturing, and demonstrate effective communication skills in order to lead the process of continuous improvement across an organisation.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:
1. Examine the common principles of lean manufacturing and how the implementation of a lean production system contributes to business success.

2. Evaluate the Toyota Production System against the now more widely adopted generic approaches to lean manufacturing.

3. Specify a range of the process improvement tools used within lean manufacturing.

4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in order to lead the process of continuous improvement across an organisation.

U50 Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Level 5)

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to analyse and evaluate the potential of using advanced manufacturing technologies to improve the competitive advantage of the organisations adopting them. The student will develop knowledge and understanding of advanced manufacturing technologies, digitalisation and a range of advanced manufacturing technologies. They will also develop their own research activities into the latest developments.

U29 Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems (Level 4)

The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of the applications of fluid power systems in modern industry.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain applications of hydraulic and pneumatic systems in the production industry, determine the fundamental principles and practical techniques for obtaining solutions to problems, appreciate real-life applications of pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and investigate the importance of structured maintenance techniques.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Calculate the parameters of pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

2. Identify the notation and symbols of pneumatic and hydraulic components.

3. Examine the applications of pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

4. Investigate the maintenance of pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

U30 Operations and Plant Management (Level 4)

The aims of this unit are to develop students’ knowledge of the engineering fundamentals that augment the design and operation of plant engineering systems, and to furnish them with the tools and techniques to maintain technological equipment.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to describe the fundaments that underpin the operation of the systems they deal with on a daily basis and apply these fundamentals to the successful maintenance of these systems.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Analyse fundamental thermodynamic systems and their properties.

2. Investigate power transmission systems.

3. Determine the parameters of static and dynamic fluid systems

4. Examine the principles of heat transfer in industrial applications.

U63 Industrial Services (Level 5)

The student will be introduced to the fundamental principles of electrical power and lighting systems, the rudiments of industrial compressed air systems, the provision of steam for both power generation and process plant, and the applications and precepts of refrigeration plant and heat pumps.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to manage and maintain a wide range of commonly encountered industrial systems.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Apply the operating principles of electrical power and lighting systems.

2. Investigate the applications and efficiency of industrial compressors.

3. Discuss provision of steam services for process and power use.

4. Review industrial refrigeration and heat pump systems.

U64 Thermofluids (Level 5)

The aim of this unit is to provide a rational understanding of functional thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in common industrial applications.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to review industrial thermodynamic systems and their properties, examine the operation of practical steam and gas turbines plants, illustrate the properties of viscosity in fluids, and analyse fluid systems and hydraulic machines.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Review industrial thermodynamic systems and their properties.

2. Examine the operation of practical steam and gas turbines plants.

3. Illustrate the properties of viscosity in fluids.

4. Analyse fluid systems and hydraulic machines.

U1 Engineering Design (Level 4)

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to prepare an engineering design specification that satisfies stakeholders’ requirements, implement best practice when analysing and evaluating possible design solutions, prepare a written technical design report, and present their finalised design to a customer or audience.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:
1. Plan a design solution and prepare an engineering design specification in response to a stakeholder’s design brief and requirements.

2. Formulate possible technical solutions to address the student-prepared design specification.

3. Prepare an industry-standard engineering technical design report.

4. Present to an audience a design solution based on the design report and evaluate the solution/presentation.

U23 CAD-CAM (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to all the stages of the CAD/CAM process and to the process of modelling components using CAD software specifically suitable for transferring to CAM software.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to illustrate the key principles of manufacturing using a CAD/CAM system; produce 3D solid models of a component suitable for transfer into a CAM system; use CAM software to generate manufacturing simulations of a component; and design a dimensionally accurate component on a CNC machine using a CAD/CAM system.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Describe the key principles of manufacturing using a CAD/CAM system.

2. Produce 3D solid models of a component suitable for transfer into a CAM system.

3. Use CAM software to generate manufacturing simulations of a component.

4. Design and produce a dimensionally accurate component on a CNC machine using a CAD/CAM system.

U32 CAD for Maintenance Engineers (Level 4)

The aim of this unit is to enable students to produce 2D CAD drawings (using industry-standard CAD software), and to modify and construct electrical and mechanical drawings e.g. distribution systems, fire alarms, steam ranges, electrical and hydraulic circuits.

This unit will support the development of the students’ CAD abilities and build upon those skills to introduce the more advanced techniques that are used to create and modify schematic drawings quickly and efficiently.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Create and modify CAD drawings.

2. Construct, insert and export blocks with textual attributes.

3. Produce complex schematic drawings.

4. Transfer information to external sources.

U37 Virtual Engineering (Level 5)

This unit introduces students to the application of relevant Computer Aided Design (CAD) and analysis engineering tools in contemporary engineering. They will learn about standards, regulations and legal compliance within the context of engineering.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to consider how to perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, develop finite element product and system models, explain the identification of faults in the application of simulation techniques and discuss the modelling method and data accuracy.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Explore the capabilities and limitations of computer-based models in meeting design fundamentals and their use in solving problems in engineering.

2. Analyse finite element product and system models in order to find and solve potential structural or performance issues.

3. Perform CFD simulations to evaluate pressure and velocity distributions within an engineering setting.

4. Determine faults in the application of simulation techniques to evaluate the modelling method and data accuracy.

U4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to formulate and plan a project as well as conduct planned project activities that will provide a solution to an identified engineering problem, produce a project report analysing the outcomes of the project processes and stages and present this report and draw conclusions on the outcomes of the project.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:
1. Formulate and plan a project that will provide a solution to an identified engineering problem.

2. Conduct planned project activities to generate outcomes that provide a solution to the identified engineering problem.

3. Produce a project report analysing the outcomes of each of the project processes and stages.

4. Present the project report drawing conclusions on the outcomes of the project.

U12 Engineering Management (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to engineering management principles and practices, and their strategic implementation.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to investigate key strategic issues involved in developing and implementing engineering projects and solutions and explain professional codes of conduct and the relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:
1. Examine the application of management techniques, and cultural and leadership aspects to engineering organisations.

2. Explore the role of risk and quality management in improving performance in engineering organisations.

3. Investigate the theories and tools of project and operations management when managing activities and optimising resource allocation.
4. Perform activities that improve current management strategies within an identified element of an engineering organisation.

U35 Professional Engineering Management (Level 5)

The aim of this unit is to continue building up on the knowledge gained in Unit 4: Managing a Professional Engineering Project, to provide students with the professional standards for engineers and to guide them on how to develop the range of employability skills needed by professional engineers. The topics included in this unit are; engineering strategy and services delivery planning, the role of sustainability, Total Quality Management (TQM), engineering management tools, managing people and becoming a professional engineer.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to construct a coherent engineering services delivery plan to meet the requirements of a sector-specific organisation or business. They will display personal commitment to professional standards and obligations to society, the engineering profession and the environment.

U2 Engineering Maths (Level 4)

The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the engineering curriculum. Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to employ mathematical methods within a variety of contextualised examples, interpret data using statistical techniques, and use analytical and computational methods to evaluate and solve engineering problems.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Identify the relevance of mathematical methods to a variety of conceptualised engineering examples.

2. Investigate applications of statistical techniques to interpret, organise and present data.

3. Use analytical and computational methods for solving problems by relating sinusoidal wave and vector functions to their respective engineering applications.

4. Examine how differential and integral calculus can be used to solve engineering problems.

U3 Engineering Science (Level 4)

This unit introduces students to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to interpret and present qualitative and quantitative data using computer software, calculate unknown parameters within mechanical systems, explain a variety of material properties and use electromagnetic theory in an applied context.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Examine scientific data using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

2. Determine parameters within mechanical engineering systems.

3. Explore the characteristics and properties of engineering materials.

4. Analyse applications of A.C./D.C. circuit theorems, electromagnetic principles and properties.

U39 Further Mathematics (Level 5)

The unit will prepare students to analyse and model engineering situations using mathematical techniques. Among the topics included in this unit are; number theory, complex numbers, matrix theory, linear equations, numerical integration, numerical differentiation, and graphical representations of curves for estimation within an engineering context. Finally, students will expand their knowledge of calculus to discover how to model and solve engineering problems using first and second order differential equations.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations.

2. Solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods.

3. Approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical
methods.

4. Review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations.

U5 Renewable Energy (Level 4)

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to renewable energy resources and technologies, including current storage and generation technologies, and explore their advantages and limitations.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to determine the optimum combination of renewable energy technologies and evaluate their efficiencies, describe how to conduct a cost–benefit analysis to determine the most viable option between renewable and conventional energy sources, and consider the relevant political, socio-economic and legal factors that influence the selection of appropriate energy technologies.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Explore potential renewable energy resources, including current storage and generation technologies.

2. Determine the optimum combination and efficiencies of renewable energy technologies for a particular location.

3. Conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine the most viable option between renewable and conventional energy sources.

4. Explain socio-economic, legislative and environmental factors involved in the consideration and selection of other approaches to renewable energy resources and technologies.

U44 Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage (Level 5)

This unit presents a wide-ranging introduction to the field of existing and renewable energy systems. The unit will also explore the potential impacts of climate change and why more, and different forms of, sustainable energy sources are required together with the need for energy efficiency measures.

By the end of this unit, students will be able to examine the technological concepts behind providing a sustainable electrical energy supply for the future. They will also be able to describe how the fundamental technical and economic processes and drivers at play in the electrical power industry affect the selection and use of energy sources.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Evaluate energy demand to determine the technology and methods of energy production.

2. Discuss current energy efficiency measures, technologies and policies specific to the building and transportation sectors.

3. Analyse the control techniques of power electronics for renewable energy systems.

4. Investigate the impacts of renewable resources to the grid and the various issues associated with integrating such resources to the grid.

U51 Sustainability (Level 5)

On successful completion of this unit, the student will possess a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the issues and topics associated with sustainability and low carbon engineering.

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Determine the nature and scope of the technical challenges of ensuring sustainable development.

2. Articulate the importance of collaborating with other disciplines in developing technical solutions to sustainability problems.

3. Evaluate the use of alternative energy generation techniques in relation to their contribution to a low carbon economy.

4. Analyse a variety of data sources to estimate the carbon footprint of a sociotechnical scenario.

Entry Requirements - How Do I Apply?

The usual entry requirement is a level 3 qualification in this field. However, mature candidates who do not possess such qualifications but have experience in the engineering field can also be accepted onto the course. Please contact our admissions team, who will be able to tell you if you meet the entry requirements and provide advice on what you will need to enrol on this course.

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Progression - What Can I Do After My Course?

What you do after your unit(s) entirely depends on how many you have already banked. You may have chosen to study an initial one unit, meaning you can continue to register for more units individually up to a maximum of four. At any point (after one, two, three, or four units), you may decide to use the credits banked towards a full Pearson HN qualification.

If you have completed four HN units, the next step would be to consider using your credits towards a full Pearson HN qualification, as you cannot study more than four individual units under the HN Flex scheme.

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