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					    HNC Mechanical Engineering and HNC
         Electronic and Electrical
              Pathway Guide
                2007/2008




In collaboration with the School of Engineering
    and the Built Environment, University of
                Wolverhampton
Contents

     1. Introduction and Welcome to the HNC      page 2

     2. Pathway Directory                        page 3

     3. Dates 2007/2008                          page 5

     4. Curriculum Map                           page 6

     5. Module descriptions                      page 10

     6. Assessment Guidelines                    page 14

     7. Assessment Policy                        page 15

     8. Progression                              page 17

     9. Student Code of Conduct                  page 18




Will Jellyman
The City of Wolverhampton College       Page 1
School of Engineering and Electronics
1. Introduction and Welcome to the Engineering HNCs

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the School and in particular to the
HNC in Mechanical Engineering and the HNC in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.


Both courses are semester based and modular in structure, and linked the programmes within
the University of Wolverhampton.


This pathway guide is intended to be your guide to the course and we hope that you will find it
helpful and informative.


The award is governed, unless otherwise stated, by the rules within the City of
Wolverhampton College, within the rules operated by EDEXCEL in respect to HNC
programmes and within Academic Regulations for students 2004/5 operated by the University
of Wolverhampton.


The course is designed to provide a scientific and managerial approach to engineering at
higher technician level for students who propose to embark on careers in the professional
fields of engineering and its allied industries.


The HNC award aims to provide those skills required for students to meet the needs of
technician level employees operating in a diverse range of disciplines. Certificate holders will
attain the necessary core skills to prepare them for a career in technical and managerial
positions in a construction-related field. The overriding focus of the awards will be on
providing the student with practical knowledge and skills relevant to the needs of the industry.


We hope that your stay with us will be successful and enjoyable.


Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information given in this publication is
accurate at the time of printing. The College, however, reserves the right to make changes
without advance notice.




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The City of Wolverhampton College           Page 2
School of Engineering and Electronics
2. Pathway Directory

     HNC Mechanical Engineering

Daytime Programmes

Year One Modules

Module          Module name                             Semester   Credits
Code
XX1273          Materials                                  1           15
XX1340          Analytical Methods                         1           15
XX0209          Engineering Design                         ½           15
XX0218          Business Management Techniques             2           15
XX1283          Quality                                    2           15

Year Two Modules

Module          Module name                             Semester   Credits
Code
XX2007          Project Management                         1           15
                Science                                    1           15
XX0212          Project                                    ½           15
XX1280          Mechanical Principles                      2           15
                CADCAM                                     2           15

Evening Programmes

Module          Module name                             Evening    Semester   Credits
Code
XX0212          Project (Third Year Only Tutorial)      Tuesday        1        15
                Maths
                                                        Tuesday        1        15
                Quality                                 Thursday       1
                Science                                 Tuesday        1        15
XX0208          Business Management Techniques          Thursday       2        15




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The City of Wolverhampton College              Page 3
School of Engineering and Electronics
     HNC Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Daytime Programmes

Year One Modules

Module          Module name                                 Semester   Credits
Code
XX1340          Analytical Methods                             1           15
XX1263          Electrical Principles                          1           15
XX0209          Engineering Design*                            ½           15
XX0208          BMT                                            2           15
XX2007          Project Management                             2           15




*
 Sessions are held from 3.30-5.00 for each semester, a distance learning facility will operate
for some of these weeks.



Year Two Modules

Module          Module name                                 Semester   Credits
Code
XX1264          Electronics/Quality     Assurance     and      1           15
                Management
                Science                                        1           15
XX0212          Project*                                       ½           15
XX0218          Business Management Techniques                 2           15
XX1269          Utilisation of Electrical Energy               2           15


*
 Sessions are held from 3.30-5.00 for each semester, a distance learning facility will operate
for some of these weeks.




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The City of Wolverhampton College                  Page 4
School of Engineering and Electronics
3. Dates 2007/2008

 Week
                          Date                        Event
  No
      1        September 17, 2007       Semester One, Teaching starts
      2        September 24, 2007
      3        October 1, 2007
      4        October 8, 2007
               October 15, 2007
      5        October 22, 2007         Half Term
      6        October 29, 2007
      7        November 5, 2007
      8        November 12, 2007
      9        November 19, 2007
     10        November 26, 2007
     11        December 3, 2007
     12        December 10, 2007
               December 17, 2007        Christmas
               December 24, 2007        Christmas
     13        December 31, 2007
     14        January 7, 2008
     15        January 14, 2008         Last Teaching Week Semester One
               January 21, 2008         Reading Week for students.
                                        Semester Two, Teaching starts. Exam
      1        January 28, 2008         Boards
      2        February 4, 2008
               February 11, 2008        Half Term
      3        February 18, 2008
      4        February 25, 2008
      5        March 3, 2008
      6        March 10, 2008
      7        March 17, 2008
      8        March 25, 2008           Easter
               March 31, 2008           Easter
               April 7, 2008
      9        April 14, 2008
     10        April 21, 2008
     11        April 28, 2008
     12        May 5, 2008
     13        May 12, 2008
     14        May 19, 2008
     15        May 26, 2008             Last Teaching Week Semester Two
               June 2, 2008
               June 9, 2008
               June 16, 2008
               June 23, 2008            Resits




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The City of Wolverhampton College           Page 5
School of Engineering and Electronics
             4. Curriculum Map

                    Mechanical HNC



                                                     Semester One

                  Monday            Tuesday          Wednesday         Thursday   Friday

                                                     Analytical       Science
9.00-12.00




                                                     Methods




                                                     Materials        Project
1.00-4.00




                                                                      Manage-
                                                                      ment




                                                     Engineering      Project
4.00-5.30




                                                     Design




                                   Science                            Project
6.00-9.00




                                                                      Manage-
                                                                      ment




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             School of Engineering and Electronics
                                         Semester Two

             Monday         Tuesday      Wednesday          Thursday   Friday

                                         Business       Mechan-ical
9.00-12.00




                                         Manage-        Principles
                                         ment
                                         Techniques



                                         Quality        CADCAM
1.00-4.00




                                         Engineering    Project
4.00-5.30




                                         Design




                           Engineer-                    Business
6.00-9.00




                           ing                          Manage-
                           Design                       ment Tech-
                                                        niques




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 The City of Wolverhampton College                 Page 7
 School of Engineering and Electronics
             Electronic and Electrical Engineering HNC



                                          Semester One

               Monday       Tuesday       Wednesday             Thursday   Friday

                                          Analytical        Electronics
9.00-12.00




                                          Methods




                                          Electrical        Science
1.00-4.00




                                          Principles




                                          Engineering       Project
4.00-5.30




                                          Design
6.00-9.00




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  The City of Wolverhampton College                    Page 8
  School of Engineering and Electronics
                                                     Semester Two

                  Monday            Tuesday          Wednesday         Thursday        Friday

                                                     Business         Business
9.00-12.00




                                                     Manage-          Manage-
                                                     ment             ment
                                                     Techniques       Techniques


                                                     Analogue         Utilisation of
1.00-4.00




                                                     and Digital      Electrical
                                                                      Energy




                                                     Engineering      Project
4.00-5.30




                                                     Design




             5. Module descriptions
6.00-9.00




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             The City of Wolverhampton College                     Page 9
             School of Engineering and Electronics
5. Module descriptions

Module Title:                           Business Management Techniques
Module Leader:                          Will Jellyman
                                        Phone : 01902 317722
                                        E-mail : jellymanw@wolvcoll.ac.uk
Rationale
This unit aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the functions,
structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It then enables the learner to
develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with
engineered products or services. Finally, this is brought together with the development of the
fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an
engineering organisation.



Module Title:                           Engineering Science
Module Leader:                          Andy Whitehouse
                                        Phone : 01902 317685
                                        E-mail : whitehousea@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Rationale
This unit aims to investigate a number of major scientific principles that underpin the design
and operation of engineering systems. It is broad based and covers both mechanical and
electrical principles. It is intended to give an overview that will provide the basis for further
study in specialist areas of engineering.



Module Title:                           Analytical Methods for Engineers
Module Leader:                          Rachel Price
                                        Phone : 01902 317685
                                        E-mail : pricers@wolvcoll.ac.uk
Rationale
This unit aims to provide the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to
successfully complete the core units of the HNC. It is also intended as a base for further
study of analytical methods and mathematics needed for the more advanced option units.
This unit is designed to enable learners to use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus,
statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering
problems.




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School of Engineering and Electronics
Module Title:                           Engineering Design
Module Leader:                          Clive Wood
                                        Phone : 01902 317685
                                        E-mail : woodc@wolvcoll.ac.uk
Rationale
This unit aims to give learners the opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a
design project. It will enable them to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters
which will affect the design solution.

Module Title:                           Project
Module Leader:                          Clive Wood
                                        Phone : 01902 317685
                                        E-mail : woodc@wolvcoll.ac.uk
Rationale
This unit aims to develop the learner’s ability to use the knowledge and skills they develop at
work and/or on an engineering programme to complete a realistic work project. The unit aims
to integrate the skills and knowledge developed in other units of the course within a major
piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected.



Module Title:                           Materials Engineering
Module Leader:                          Andy Whitehouse
                                        Phone : 01902 317685
                                        E-mail : whitehousea@wolvcoll.ac.uk
Rationale
This unit aims to provide learners with the necessary background knowledge and
understanding of properties, selection, processing and use of materials.


Module Title:                           Project Management
Module Leader:                          Will Jellyman
                                        Phone : 01902 317722
                                        E-mail : jellymanw@wolvcoll.ac.uk
Rationale
This unit aims to provide a knowledge of project management principles, methodologies, tools
and techniques that may be used in any industry. Organisational and human resource factors
are also included. Learners will develop an understanding of what constitutes a project and
the role of a project manager. They will able to analyse and plan the activities needed to carry
out the project, including how to set up a project, how to control and execute a project, and
how to carry out project reviews. They will also understand how the project fits into the
company or other organisational environment.



Module Title:                           Quality Assurance Management
Module Leader:                          Neil Davies
                                        Phone : 01902 317685
                                        E-mail : daviesn@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Rationale
The aim of this unit is to raise awareness and familiarise learners with the principles and
applications of quality management. The learner will examine the basic principles of Total
Quality Management (TQM) and develop an understanding of the key factors that underpin
quality assurance techniques. The unit also introduces the learner to the application of Quality
Control (QC) techniques.




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School of Engineering and Electronics
Module Title:                           Mechanical Principles
Module Leader:                          Rachel Price
                                        Phone : 01902 317685
                                        E-mail : pricers@wolvcoll.ac.uk
Rationale
This unit covers an extended range of mechanical principles which underpin the design and
operation of mechanical engineering systems. It includes strengths of materials and
mechanics of machines. The aim of the unit is to provide a firm foundation for work in
engineering design and a basis for more advanced study.



Module Title:                           CADCAM
Module Leader:                          Neil Davies
                                        Phone : 01902 317685
                                        E-mail : daviesn@wolvcoll.ac.uk
Rationale
The aim of this unit is to provide a practical understanding of computer-aided machining
(CAM) systems. Outcome 1 focuses on the hardware and software of CAM systems.
Outcomes 2 and 3 deal with manual and computer-assisted part programming, giving
learners the opportunity to derive and prove part programs for engineered components.
Outcome 4 is concerned with quality control in CAM systems, particularly the various levels of
inspection and the capture, transmission and analysis of quality control data.


Module Title                            Electrical and Electronic Principles
Module Leader                           Jim Findlay
                                        Phone : 01902 317524
                                        Email : findlayj@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Rationale
This unit covers the electrical principles that learners in many branches of electrical and
electronic engineering need to understand. It builds on the elements of ac theory in
Engineering Science. It also provides the basis for further study in more specialist areas of
electrical principles.


Module Title                            Electronics
Module Leader                           Jim Findlay
                                        Phone : 01902 317524
                                        Email : findlayj@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Rationale
This unit further develops the understanding of analogue electronics gained through previous
study. It places particular emphasis on the use of current manufacturers' data and modern
circuit analysis techniques.


Module Title                            Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits
Module Leader                           John Pearson
                                        Phone : 01902 317524
                                        Email : pearsonj@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Rationale
This unit overlaps with and extends the theory of operational amplifiers contained in the unit
Electronics. It provides learners with a practical understanding of a range of integrated circuit
operational amplifiers and digital logic such as gates, memory devices and counters. They will
also learn how to design the power supplies necessary to power such systems.


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Module Title                            Utilisation of Electrical Energy
Module Leader                           Tarsem Singh
                                        Phone : 01902 317704
                                        Email : singht@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Rationale
The aim of this unit is to develop learners' understanding of the underlying technology
involved in the utilisation of electrical energy in some of the more important areas of electrical
engineering. It also contributes to a firm foundation of knowledge for work in engineering
design, and forms a basis for more advanced studies in this area.


Module Title                            Programmable Logic Controllers
Module Leader                           Barry Fisher
                                        Phone : 01902 317704
                                        Email : fisherb@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Rationale
The aim of this unit is to investigate programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their
applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture
of programmable logic control systems, the signals which are used and the programming
techniques. The learners will be given the opportunity to produce and demonstrate a
programme for a programmable logic device.




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The City of Wolverhampton College                Page 13
School of Engineering and Electronics
6. Assessment Guidelines

Submission of Coursework

All assignments should be handed in at Reception, Paget Road, by the hand in date. The
assignment will be logged.

Return of Coursework

You must retain a copy of all work submitted, as originals will not normally be returned to you.

Assessment Feedback

Feedback on coursework during the semester will be available from the module tutor within
three working weeks of the submission date.

Referrals

You may be unfortunate enough to be referred on an assignment. If this happens, the
member of staff awarding a referral will explain what is required in order for the work to pass.
You will be given time to make the changes and resubmit.

The onus is on the student to return the completed work to the required standard and within
the required time frame.

Saving Your Work on the Computers

No allowance will be made for work lost on a computer. You are strongly advised to backup
you files at least TWICE using separate media. DO NOT solely rely on floppy disc to save
your work.


Plagiarism and collusion

Plagiarism and collusion are very serious offences that can result in expulsion from the
University. This is because those found guilty of plagiarism or collusion will not only have
attempted to represent someone else’s work as their own but have also sought to gain an
unfair advantage over their fellow students.




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The City of Wolverhampton College           Page 14
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7. Assessment Policy

Aims

This policy has been designed to outline the Schools approach to the submission of
assignments by students.


Procedure

     1) Subject tutors will issue students with an assignment listing indicating when
        assignments will be issued and collected, these will be strict hand in dates. It should
        be noted however, that this will be a dynamic document since the issuing of
        assignments is dependant upon the general progress of the class. An assignment
        matrix will be drawn up by the course tutor which will indicate issue and submission
        dates across all units.

     All assignments will carry a front cover sheet which will indicate:-
              a) The assignment title
              b) The unit(s) covered
              c) The unit outcome(s) covered
              d) The grading criteria
              e) The issue date
              f) The submission date
              g) The task(s) to be undertaken
              h) A feedback sheet

     2) It is the responsibility of the student to hand in work by the submission date.
        Consideration will be given to extenuating circumstances.
                a.   Extenuating circumstances are defined as:-
                b.   Personal illness
                c.   Illness of a close family member
                d.   Family bereavement
                e.   Work commitments such as external courses, having to work away from
                     usual place of employment or exceptional work loadings and patterns.
                f.   All of the above must be supported by documentary evidence.
          These should be discussed with the individual subject lecturer, if agreement cannot
          be reached then the course tutor may intervene to determine a final decision.

     3) Should a student miss a deadline without extenuating circumstances then the
        following action will taken:-
             a. The student will receive a further piece of assessed work to be completed
                under formal examination conditions.
             b. A viva-voce examination may be used in cases where the course team
                suspect direct copying or plagiarism.
             c. Where applicable the student’s employer, managing agent or sponsor will be
                informed.

          The subject lecturer will endeavour to return scripts to students in the same time
          frame as that given for the submission of the assignment. i.e. If a deadline of three
          weeks duration is given then the assignment will be returned within three weeks, all
          feedback will be included on the feedback sheet. Comments will be added to the
          script.




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     2) When assignments are handed back to students, the student will have the opportunity
        to view the feedback and to discuss the outcome with the lecturer concerned.
        Assignments will then be collected and retained for quality control purposes. Should
        a student be referred on an assignment the student will be advised as to why and a
        non-negotiable re-submission date will be issued.

     3)   The student may appeal against a grading decision. The following procedure will
          apply
              a) The student will discuss the grounds for appeal informally with the subject
                 lecturer
              b) If agreement cannot be reached then a formal meeting will be held with the
                 student, the course tutor and the subject lecturer.
              c) If agreement still cannot be reached then the internal verifier for the course
                 will discuss the grade with the student and tutor and will reach a final binding
                 decision. The student will have the right to representation throughout.


Justification of Policy

The policy has been generated for the following reasons
            a. To inform students about work loading through the year.
            b. To inform the course team when planning schemes of work
            c. To develop with the student an ethos of discipline in managing time and
                meeting deadlines
            d. To prevent plagiarism and collusion
            e. To promote a transparent and mature approach to the planning and running
                of an higher education course.




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The City of Wolverhampton College            Page 16
School of Engineering and Electronics
8. Progression

This programme leads directly onto degrees in engineering offered by the University of
Wolverhampton. Successful completion of the HNC will enable entry directly onto level two of
the universities degree programmes in engineering.


The HNC provides 120 CATS of the 360 CATS required for an honours degree. The
remaining 240 CATS can be achieved by either full-time study (120 CATS per annum) or part-
time (60 CATS per annum). Progression from the honours degree is normally to a masters
degree.


Future developments will offer routes to a number of foundation degrees in engineering,
manufacturing and business improvement. These are likely to be offered for the 2007-2008
academic year, by the college in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton.


The HNC provides evidence of a high level of study and can be used to provide a gateway to
other awards such as foundation degrees or other honours degrees. It should be noted that
the HNC may not give credit against the chosen programme.




                                               Degree
                                               in Eng.

                       360                               Foundation
             Level Three                                  Degree in   Masters
                                                            Eng.      Degree
                      240
             Level Two                  HNC
                      120
             Level One




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The City of Wolverhampton College             Page 17
School of Engineering and Electronics
9. Student Code of Conduct

The City of Wolverhampton College’s Student Code of Conduct explains that students are expected to
attend classes on every occasion. By accepting the offer of a course students are accepting this
condition. If any student fails to adhere to the code of conduct then the college will have recourse to the
discipline procedure. Failure to attend may jeopardise achieving a pass in any of the modules in which
it occurs.




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The City of Wolverhampton College               Page 18
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