The Five Pillars of Engineering

Integrated Systems

These sprints equip students with the methods to characterise, analyse, optimise and design control architectures. The implications of other disciplines, and the interactions between technical and non-technical considerations, are fully and integrally woven into the learning journey.

Integrated Systems Module Topics

  • Amplitude and frequency modulation
  • Channels and models
  • Functional diagrams
  • Signal properties
  • Error Detection 
  • Digital systems
  • Data rates
  • Signals
  • Transfer functions
  • Feedback and control
  • Impulse and step responses
  • Asymptotic behaviour of functions
  • System compatibility and integration
  • Implementation of controllers in engineering solutions 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering 

The electrical and electronics sprints will give students the knowledge and skills they need to design, build and test appropriate and efficient electronic circuits from the component level upwards. 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Module Topics 

  • Theory of electronic circuits
  • Transistors and amplifiers
  • Electronic sensors and actuators
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Communication systems
  • AC power
  • AC and DC circuit analysis
  • Digital electronics
  • Microprocessors and microcontrollers 

Flow, Heat and Energy 

In these sprints, students will develop the skills needed to design safe and efficient systems and solutions by generating, transferring, converting and applying energy and power systems. 

Flow, Heat and Energy Module Topics

  • Ideal gases and perfect fluids
  • Measuring fluid properties
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Entropy and efficiency
  • Convection and conduction heat transfer
  • Power cycles
  • Refrigeration
  • Energy generation technologies
  • Closed and open systems
  • Pressure losses in pipes
  • Computational fluid dynamics 

Materials and Processes

These sprints will empower students to make decisions through the analysis, comparison and selection of the best material for the job, in terms of performance, sustainability, manufacturing route and cost effectiveness. 

Materials and Processes Module Topics 

  • Properties and behaviour of materials 
  • Sustainability
  • Materials selection
  • Thermodynamics of materials 
  • Processing routes including casting, hot deformation and heat treatment
  • Structural materials
  • Joining techniques including welding and fixtures 
  • Fracture, fatigue and wear 
  • Advanced materials 

Statics and Dynamics 

The statics and dynamics sprints equip students with the methods to analyse and determine the properties of structures for a range of applications from simple mechanical structures to complex systems. 

Statics and Dynamics Module Topics

  • Equilibrium
  • Free body diagrams
  • Stress, strain and Young’s modulus
  • Axial, bending and shear forces
  • Deflection and buckling
  • Torsion
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Friction
  • Kinematics
  • Vibrations
  • Finite Element Analysis