CG2011 STech MSc Polymer Engineering Design by Zy2C9BH4


									      Department of Engineering

         Course Guide

MSc Polymer Engineering Design

          2011 – 2012

MSc Polymer Engineering Design
About this guide



The Wolverhampton Graduate

About the Course

Academic Regulations

Course information

Course Learning Outcomes

Student support from Learning Information Services

Learning Teaching and Assessment: What You Can Expect

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Course Structure

University Academic Calendar (2011/12)

Course Management

Staff Involved with the Course

Where to Get Help with your Course

Employability & Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)

Progression for Further Study

Career Opportunities

Health and Safety Issues

School Charter for Students

Academic Misconduct


External Examiner Reports

About this guide

This Guide to our Course will help you plan your MSc Polymer Engineering Design course. It
tells you the modules you must study and pass which contribute to your award. The Guide
also offers you brief descriptions of each module, including general information about
assessment tasks, and an overview of how the Course can be used for future career choices.

You should read this Course Guide in conjunction with the University’s Policies and
Regulations which summarises the University’s Principles and Regulations, and the
Postgraduate Student Guide. These documents should provide you with all the basic
information that we think you will need for your period of study here.

You are encouraged to read this Guide through now. It will be a considerable advantage to
you to be familiar from the outset with the various aspects of your studies that are described.
It may be that the relevance of some of the sections will not be immediately obvious. Keep it
somewhere accessible, so that you can refer to it as needed. The answers to many of the
questions that you will want to ask are contained in it.

It is, of course, impossible to cover all of the possible queries you may have in a document
such as this. If you find that there is something you need to know, please check on the
WOLF topic ‘STech Student Notice Board’ or contact your course manager, Prof Kevin
Kibble. You can also consult the University’s Student Services Gateway as appropriate. We
are pleased to hear your views and welcome suggestions for ways of improving the operation
of the Course.

 Please enter the contact details
 for your Personal Tutor for your      -----------------------------------------------------
                                       The name of your Personal Tutor will be given to you
 future reference:
                                       at the beginning of your course and can be checked
                                       via e:Vision
                                       Hayley Everett
 Your Student Office contact is:
                                       Telford Campus
                                       01902 32 1720
                                       Helen Harley
 Your local School Office              Learning and Resource Centre (SA Block)
 (HERE 2 HELP) is:                     Telford Campus
                                       01902 32 3626
                                       Jay Jassall
 Your Student Support Adviser is:
                                       City Campus
                                       01902 32 1183

Please note that in order to develop and improve the Course, it may be necessary on
occasions to amend or revise the details given in this Course Guide.

Welcome to the MSc Polymer Engineering Design
On behalf of the Course Management Team I should like to extend to you a very warm
welcome and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success in your studies at
the University of Wolverhampton, and trust that your time at the University of Wolverhampton
and in particular, the Department of Engineering will prove to be enjoyable, stimulating and

The MSc Polymer Engineering Design is one of many courses run by the Department of
Engineering which has itself established an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses,
for an innovative approach to teaching and learning, and for the friendliness of its staff.

We believe it is important that you are encouraged to make your own contribution to the
effective operation and development of your chosen course. We are, therefore, keen to hear
your views and would welcome any suggestions that you may have about ways of improving
any aspect of your course and/or the student experience here at the University. In practice,
you will have the opportunity to do this through our student voice processes, such as student

Remember that the outcome of your studies could affect the whole of your future career and
therefore study should certainly be your first priority. In resolving to work hard however, do
not forget to have time for recreation and social activities. Do take full advantage of the
University facilities at your disposal.

Again, I wish you every success in your studies and trust that your time with the School of
Technology and in particular the Department of Engineering prove to be enjoyable,
stimulating and rewarding.

Prof Kevin Kibble

Course Manager: MSc Polymer Engineering Design



The University recognises that you have made a significant investment in both time and
money in choosing to study for a degree. Staff are committed to helping you fulfil your
potential. Your attendance at, and participation, in classes is a key factor in ensuring that you
do so.

Attendance will help you to:
   Understand the subject area you are studying;
   Acquire and develop the skills and knowledge needed to ensure success;
   Prepare for and undertake assessments;
   Learn from and with your fellow students;
   Receive feedback from teaching;
   Participate in practical and group work;
   Develop your communication skills.

If you are unable to attend a class please let your tutor know that you are unable to do so.
He/she will then be able to give you advice on what was covered in the class, and what you
need to do to catch up. Please do remember how important attendance is to your success.
The University considers this to be so important that it reserves the right to review the
position of students who fail to attend.

The Department of Engineering takes registers of attendance for all taught modules and
therefore requires you to attend all of your timetabled activities.

If you are unable to attend a lecture or laboratory session we expect you to telephone
(01902 321720) before the timetabled activity and inform the Department of which activity
you will be missing and why.

To ensure you are available for all assessments and reassessment opportunities you should
ensure you are in the UK during the periods highlighted in red on the academic calendar:
See Academic Calendar

The Wolverhampton Graduate
By the end of your course, the university expects you to be a Wolverhampton Graduate who
is knowledgeable and enterprising, digitally literate and a global citizen.

Digitally Literate
Our graduates will be confident users of advanced technologies; they will lead others,
challenging convention by exploiting the rich sources of connectivity digital working allows.

Knowledgeable and Enterprising
Our graduates will know how to critique analyse and then apply knowledge they acquire in an
enterprising way.

Global citizens
Our graduates will bring informed understandings of their place and ethical responsibilities in
the world.

Further information can be found on the University student webpage for Graduate Attributes.

About the Course
The MSc in Polymer Engineering Design may be studied as a specialist subject and this
Guide outlines the modules which are available, teaching and learning styles and
assessment tasks. If there is anything you need to discuss further, please contact Prof Kevin
Kibble, Course Manager, MSc Polymer Engineering Design.

Course Aims

This postgraduate course has been developed by the University of Wolverhampton in close
collaboration with Smithers Rapra Technology Ltd (hereinafter referred to as Smithers
Rapra), an international organisation with a world class reputation for excellence and more
than 85 years of experience providing industry with information and technical support on all
aspects of rubber and plastics

Smithers Rapra training courses have developed out of this expertise in industrial problem-
solving and are structured to meet the needs of people involved in the design, development
or production of products made from plastics or rubber

Underpinned by the University of Wolverhampton's state-of-the-art facilities for rapid
manufacturing and prototyping at its Telford Campus, the award is a must for anyone seeking
professional development in this sector

Offering a flexible and convenient mode of study, the course has been designed to support
students who wish to study full or part-time; the exact course content is based on relevance
to your working environment and/or future career

Why study the course with us?

The MSc provides an exciting opportunity for design engineers, managers and technologists
in industry to obtain a formal and relevant qualification in polymer engineering design, and
also to gain knowledge, skills and expertise that will contribute to your continuing professional

On completion of the course you could expect to develop your career in a technical or
managerial post where your deeper technological knowledge would be beneficial

Academic Regulations
This course adheres to the University’s academic regulations. A full version of these
regulations can be found on the University web page for Policies and Regulations. These
regulations govern your course and will be binding on you. It is, therefore, important that you
read and become familiar with them.

     Course information

     Please be aware that course adopts a variety of learning and teaching methods, as
     appropriate to the nature and content of the individual modules, with the principle contact
     modes of delivery being: lecture/tutorial and practical/laboratory periods. All such face-to-face
     sessions are interactive, with the lecturer providing guidance on formative exercises and/or
     conducting discussions on prominent module-specific topics and issues.

     Table 1 shows the relationship of the modules to the national and professional body learning
     outcomes for post-graduate level of study. This table is used to ensure that the modules on
     the course collectively address the whole range of outcomes needed to be nationally
     compliant with other post-graduate level awards. In addition the course has 5 main learning
     outcomes shown below. Table 2 shows how the course modules relate to the 5 main aims of
     the course.

     All modules that comprise this course incorporate ‘blended’ learning and are supported by
     WOLF topics. WOLF refers to the University’s Wolverhampton On-line Learning Framework.
     Lecturer-produced material is uploaded, in addition to formative exercises in various formats,
     with assessment feedback through in-class tutorials and/or electronic feedback. An important
     part of the learning process is discussion with other students in the cohort. Recognising that
     this requirement extends outside classroom face-to-face sessions. WOLF topics include a
     forum and students are encouraged to use this facility to enhance their learning experience
     and benefit from the pooling and discussion of ideas with their peers.

     The following are the blended learning entitlements linked to course learning outcomes in
     Table 2:
      1. have access to a digital copy of all lecturer-produced course documents
      2. have formative assessment opportunities on line with electronic assessment feedback
      3. collaborate on line with others in their learning cohort
      4. engage in interactive learning during all face to face sessions.
Table 1: The contribution of module learning outcomes to the programme.
                                                                                                                           Plastics Materials and Products
                                                                                            Computational Fluid Dynamics

       Designation Q refers to the IMechE Qualification Descriptors
       for Masters level.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Rapid Net-Shape Tooling

                                                                                                                                                                                                            MSc Engineering Project
                                                                                           (CFD) and Heat Transfer

       Designations A, B, C, D are UK-SPEC threshold Statements
                                                                                                                                                             Polymer Processing
                                                                      Advanced Materials

       of Competence and Commitment.

Q1     A systematic understanding of knowledge, and critical
       awareness of current problems or new insights much of
                                                                                                                                                                                
       which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic
       discipline, field of study or area of professional practice.
Q2     A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to
       their own research or advanced scholarship.
Q3     Originality in application of knowledge, together with a
       practical understanding of how established techniques of
       research and enquiry are used to create and interpret
       knowledge in the discipline.
Q4     Conceptual understanding to evaluate critically current
       research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; and
       evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and,
       where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.
Q5    Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively,
      make sound judgements in the absence of complete data,
      and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and
      non-specialist audiences.
Q6    Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and
      solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and                                                
      implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
Q7    Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and
                                                                                                  
      to develop new skills to a high level.
Q8    Will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for
      employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal                                          
Q9    Will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for
      decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations.
Q10   Will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for
      the independent learning ability required for continuing                                     
      professional development.
A1    Maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach in enabling
      the introduction and exploitation of new and advancing                    
      technology and other relevant developments.
A2    Engage in the creative and innovative development of
      engineering technology and continuous improvement                                               
B1    Identify potential projects and opportunities.                                               
B2    Conduct appropriate research, and undertake design and
                                                                                                         
      development of engineering solutions.
B3    Implement design solutions, and evaluate their effectiveness.                                  
C1    Plan for effective project implementation.                                                            
C2    Plan, budget, organise, direct and control tasks, people and
      7ET022 Research Methods and Professional Skills
                                                        Students will be able to:
           1         Select and critically analyse appropriate sources of information and data.
                    Advance their personal and professional knowledge and understanding of research and
           2        professional skills .
           3        Develop advanced analytical competence at PG level of study.
                    Evidence their own personal knowledge through the development and presentation of a
                    coherent research and experimentation proposal that will address open ended questions
           4        associated with new and advancing theory/practice.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate systematic problem solving skills related to product evaluation and
   manufacture using polymer process and Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)
   techniques and the ability to synthesise new knowledge in order to apply innovative
   physical engineering solutions.

2. Effectively research unfamiliar subject areas in materials related engineering
   disciplines, and thereby propose and evaluate a broad range of solutions to existing
   and new engineering problems.

3. Be able to analyse and apply FEA techniques to processes that adopt the use of net-
   shape tooling, such as ALM.

4. Select and apply appropriate software packages for design, analysis, and synthesis of
   rapid manufacturing applications and critically evaluate the results.

5. Relate material science theory, practice and investigative techniques needed to
   ascertain limitations of current and new polymer and composite materials in order to
   facilitate viable materials based engineering solutions for manufactured products and
   process technologies.

Table 2: The contribution of course learning outcomes to the programme.
                                                                            Which Blended      What summative
Module               Course     Course     Course     Course     Course     Learning           assessment
                     Learning   Learning   Learning   Learning   Learning   entitlements are   methods are to be
Codes                Outcome    Outcome    Outcome    Outcome    Outcome    met? (1-6)         used?
                          1          2          3          4          5

                                                                                               1. Coursework
  Advanced                                                                   1, 2, 3, 6
                                                                                               2. Examination
Materials (MSc)
                                                                                               1. Coursework
(CFD) and Heat                                                               1, 2, 3, 6
   Transfer                                                                                    2. Examination

    Research                                                                                   1. Coursework
  Methods and                                                                 1, 2, 3, 6      2. Presentation
  Professional                                                                                 3. Examination
     7ET016                                                                                    1. Coursework
Plastics Materials                                                            1, 2, 3, 6      2. Presentation
  and Products
    Polymer                                                                                    1. Coursework
                                                                              1, 2, 3, 6
                                                                                               2. Presentation
                                                                                               1. Coursework
Rapid Net-Shape
                                                                             1, 2, 3, 6      2. Presentation
   Applications                                                                                3. Examination
                                                                                               1. Coursework
MSc Engineering                                                              1, 2, 3, 6
                                                                                               2. Presentation

 Student support from Learning and Information Services

 The Learning Centre contains a comprehensive collection of the engineering textbooks and
 journals that are recommended in your module reading lists. Plus you have access to stock in
 the other University of Wolverhampton learning centres through the free book reservation
 system. Electronic resources are widely available and have the advantage of being
 accessible on and off campus from any internet-connected computer. The learning centres
 offer a wide range of information skills support to help you find the materials you need for
 your studies.

Study materials:

      Books for loan with many others available as e-books;
      Engineering journals both in print and electronic (online);
      Specialist engineering databases including British Standards Online, Compendex, HIS,
       ICE virtual Libr4ary, Inspec;
      Useful general databases including Business Sources Premier, Igenta Connect,
       Proquest newspapers, Expanded Academic and Web of Knowledge.

Information skills support:

      Information help desks with librarians on hand to give specialist information support.
      Study skills support materials in a loanable collection and more advice on the learning
       centres website. Plus the excellent materials and advice on the Skills for Learning
      Information skills workshops run to match the information needs of your course with
       instruction on using specialist subject databases, web searching, finding books and e-
       books, referencing and using reference management software.
      One to One sessions with a librarian (by appointment) to help you with finding
       information for assignments, referencing, using databases, and improving your study
      Advice from librarians on sourcing material outside the University’s collections and
       obtaining it by inter-library loan (final year students).
      ASSIST online chat service with a librarian to help with subject queries, referencing and
       anything else to do with your information needs.


Contact Learning and Information Services


Skills for Learning –

LIS webpages specific to Engineering –

Harvard Referencing –

Learning, Teaching and Assessment: What Can You Expect?

Learning and Teaching Resources
There is a wide range of resources available for your learning, including on-line materials for
each module (on WOLF), web-based information and, importantly, the online resources
provided by the Learning Centres. Module information will direct you to specific information
sources, but there is an expectation, that you will research your own sources in order to
enhance your achievement of the learning outcomes for the programme.


     Types of assessment
     The tutor, as part of the introduction to the module, will outline the assessment tasks. A
     more detailed briefing for each assignment will be available via the WOLF topic that
     supports the module. There is a wide range of assessment (further details can be
     found in the Postgraduate Student Guide), including:

             Written assignments
             Reports
             Time Constrained Assignments
             Examinations (open book or closed book)
             Presentations and oral examinations (vivas)

     Marking of Assessments
     The marking and grading of your work, be it for example an assignment or an exam is a
     comprehensive exercise involving first-marking by tutors, moderation by the tutors in
     the module team and the submission of assessments to independent external
     examiners who monitor and advise, thereby ensuring quality and standards.
     The normal return period for feedback on your marked (summative) work is three weeks
     after the date of submission. You will then receive a grade achieved and comments.

     For the Grade Scale format, grades range from A (distinction) to F (fail, no resit
     permitted). For the majority of modules the average achievement level will be in the C

     Grading of Assessment

     Module results will be recorded using the Postgraduate Grade Point Scale shown

      Grade               Performance             Result
      A                   Distinction             Pass
      B                                           Pass
      C                                           Pass
      D                                           Pass
      E                   Retrievable Fail        Defer = resit allowed
      F                   Fail                    Fail = no resit allowed
      0GA                 Grade awaited           Held = outcome of investigation, or marking
                                                  awaited before grade and result can be
      0AM                 Academic                Held = outcome of investigation, or marking
                          Misconduct              awaited before grade and result can be
What Should You Avoid? What Should You Seek to Achieve?
 Remember that you are writing for another reader or readers. Do not assume that
  the reader will fill the gaps in your work.
 Use the introduction to establish what you are doing in your assignment.
 Use examples to support your analysis.
 Be objective and aim for reasoned argument. Phrases such as ‘in my opinion’ or ‘in
  my view’ are of little value because they are subjective. Do not use them. You
  should aim to support your points with evidence and reasoned analysis.
 Always acknowledge the use of someone else’s work, using the appropriate system
  of referencing. See last page for examples of referencing
 Also, it is a very serious offence to use someone else’s work, especially word-for-
  word or paraphrased contents of other’s work. This is called “plagiarism” and will
  be covered throughout the programme to ensure that you are aware of how to avoid
  it. See section on Academic Misconduct.
 Always keep copies of the sources of your work or keep a note of each source as
   you use it, so that you can place in the reference section at the end of your
 Plan your work in advance so as to meet the hand-in (submission) date. Writing up
  your research is often more time-consuming than you expect.
 Get help from tutors and mentors if you are unsure.
 Above all, do not ‘suffer in silence’; the Course Leader, Student Advisor and tutors
  will be able to provide guidance so please use them.

Why are ethical considerations important when researching for assignments?
Research is an essential and vital part of teaching and learning. Much is literature-
based, using books, journals, periodicals and web-based material. However, some
research may involve interaction with organisations and people. You should ensure
that you do NOT conduct research that could be intrusive or sensitive or could cause
psychological harm or suffering to others.

For all modules excepting the dissertation, formal approval is not normally required for
research that brings you into contact with organisations and people. However, where
such contact does occur, it is imperative that you are fully aware of and rigorously and
consistently apply the Ethical Guidelines as contained on WOLF. Where individuals
or organisations have agreed to provide information to you, you may be required to
produce evidence that permission has been given for access or contact.

What Feedback Can You Expect?

What can you expect from your tutors whilst you are preparing your work?
 Normally tutors will advise you, as a group, on the assessment at or near the start of
  the module.
 Thereafter, you may consult your tutors by emailing them.

What should you not expect from your tutors?
 It is not the role of a tutor to read drafts of your work and correct them with a view to
  your obtaining a ‘good mark’. An assignment should reflect your effort and input,
  and the role of the tutor is to guide and advise. It is then your responsibility to
  assess this advice and guidance and use it accordingly. Tutors provide this in good
  faith, but its use - or lack of it - by you is not an automatic route to a good or a poor
  grade. Other factors, particularly those pertaining to your skills and efforts, will play
  a vital role in your achievement.

After completion of the assignment
  The main feedback is through a copy (to you) of the assessment feedback sheet.
  In some modules, additional feedback may be available through distribution of an
   “outline answer”, highlighting key points for guidance.
How You Can Comment on Learning and Teaching and Assessment

We greatly value your feedback; students’ views are collectively influential in how we deliver
Learning and Teaching and are gathered through staff-student meetings and via
questionnaires, particularly the Module Evaluation Questionnaires (MEQs) that you are asked
to complete towards the end of a module. Such feedback is analysed for annual monitoring
of modules, subjects and courses.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

All entrants onto courses of study within the Department of Engineering of the School of
Technology may apply to have prior learning accredited. Claims may be based upon either
certificated or experiential prior learning.
Where prior learning is found to be of an appropriate standard, recently acquired and in
relevant areas covered by the course, then credit may be awarded against modules (note
that all School of Technology modules carry a specific credit rating) or courses of study
(general credit).
If a student wants to gain credits he/she must follow the School of Technology guidelines. An
academic judgment on level, number and module coverage of any credits is the responsibility
of the Award Leader and the School of Technology APL Team.
Applications for APL will not normally be considered after a student has started a course.
Mid-course claims will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

All individuals interested in making a claim for APL are advised to consult their Course
Manager before submitting any claim for accreditation.

Should you require further information or help concerning the APL procedure please call or
write to:

         School of Technology
         Department of Engineering
         School Office (room SC002)
         Shifnal Road
         TF2 9NT

Telephone:      01902 321720
Fax:            01902 323843

   Course Structure
                       NB All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise in brackets.

                                          PG Academic Regulations
Your studies will consist of:
    60 credits for the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)
 120 credits for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgD)
 180 credits for a Masters degree (MSc)

To be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate you must pass 60 credits. The 60 credits must include the
modules Plastics Materials and Product Design (7ET016) and/or Polymer Processing Technology
(7ET015). To be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma you must pass 120 credits. In this award you must
include the modules Plastics Materials and Products (7ET016) and Polymer Processing Technology

     In total, the prescribed study package consists of 6 modules and a project:

            Block 1                    Block 2                      Block 3                       Block 4

            7ET016                 7ET014                          7ET015
       Plastics Materials      Computational Fluid            Polymer Processing
          and Product          Dynamics and Heat                  Technology
             Design                Transfer

            (PT yr1)                   (PT yr1)                     (PT yr1)

            7ET022                   7ET021                         7ET017
           Research             Advanced Materials             Rapid Net-Shape
         Methods and                                          Tooling Applications
       Professional Skills
            (PT yr2)                   (PT yr2)                     (PT yr2)

                                     7ET018                       7ET018                      7ET018
                                    MSc Project                  MSc Project                 MSc Project
                                                                  (PT yr2)                    (PT yr2)
                                       (PT yr2)

Module Descriptions
7ET014                   Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Heat Transfer

  Credit value                 20
  Pre-requisites               None
  Co-requisites                None
  combinations                 None
  Module Leader                Dr Chang Wang
  Telephone                    01902 323829
  Staff Room Number            SC117

Module description
This module will equip you with knowledge and understanding of the methods and analysis techniques
used in computational solutions of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. This module will also enable you
to apply computational fluid dynamics tools to problems in rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing and
product design.

     Description                                                        Weighting or Pass/Fail
     Assessment 1        Practical Report                                     50%
     Assessment 2        Examination                                          50%

7ET015                   Polymer Processing Technology

  Credit value                 20
  Pre-requisites               None
  Co-requisites                None
  combinations                 None
  Module Leader                Prof Kevin Kibble
  Telephone                    01902 322706
  Staff Room Number            SC113

Module description
In this module you will develop a systematic understanding and knowledge, and a critical awareness of
current problems and new insights for a specific polymer processing routes and how these are utilised
in the design, development and manufacture of plastic products. You will be made aware of the
advantages and the limitations of the process routes and process optimisation. In addition the design
for manufacture implications will all also be evaluated.

     Description                                                        Weighting or Pass/Fail
     Assessment 1        Case Study                                         50%
     Assessment 2        Case Study                                         50%

7ET016                 Plastics Materials and Products

  Credit value                   20
  Pre-requisites                 None
  Co-requisites                  None
  combinations                   None
  Module Leader                  Prof Kevin Kibble
  Telephone                      01902 322706
  Staff Room Number              SC113

Module description
This module will offer you advanced specialist knowledge and understanding of the advantages and
the limitations of plastics used in current applications. This serves to develop your evaluative ability in
making rational decisions on materials selection, based on material characteristics, thereby minimising
the most common causes of product failure, processing and joining problems.

     Description                                                            Weighting or Pass/Fail
     Assessment 1         Assignment                                            30%
     Assessment 2         Case Study                                            70%

7ET017                 Rapid Net-Shape Tooling Applications

  Credit value                   20
  Pre-requisites                 None
  Co-requisites                  None
  combinations                   None
  Module Leader                  Dr Mark Stanford
  Telephone                      01902 323904
  Staff Room Number              SC020

Module description
This module will allow you to analyse the design implications and processing benefits associated with
the adoption of Additive Layer Manufacture (ALM) processes when used to manufacture net-shape
tooling. You will generate theoretical software simulations and compared these with applied
experiential analysis in order to analyse process led benefits associated with applying conformal
cooling networks to net-shaped tooling

     Description                                                            Weighting or Pass/Fail
     Assessment 1         Case Study                                            50%
     Assessment 2         Examination                                           50%

7ET018                 MSc Engineering Project

  Credit value                  60
  Pre-requisites                Successful completion of MSc modules appropriate to discipline
  Co-requisites                 None
  combinations                  None
  Module Leader                 Prof Kevin Kibble
  Telephone                     01902 322706
  Staff Room Number             SC113

Module description
The production of a piece of original work based on independent research is an essential part of study
at Masters level. This module exercises and expands the knowledge and skills you will have gained in
the Engineering Research Methods module.
For the award of a Masters degree, you must present a dissertation demonstrating a range of
intellectual and practical skills, using and synthesising information, carrying out a practically-oriented
research project within a polymer engineering design context, and identifying the implications of the
Professional managers need to be capable of basing their decision-making on information and
knowledge derived from research, and so the skills acquired in the course of producing the
Dissertation will contribute to your effectiveness throughout your career.

     Description                                                           Weighting or Pass/Fail
                          Project Specification, Resource Plan:                Pass/Fail
                          including time and materials
      Assessment 1
                          Interim Report                                        15%
                          Presentation                                          5%
                          Logbook                                               5%
                          Dissertation                                          65%
      Assessment 2
                          Viva Voce Examination with Powerpoint                 10%

7ET021                    Advanced Materials

  Credit value                  20
  Pre-requisites                None
  Co-requisites                 None
  combinations                  None
  Module Leader                 Prof Kevin Kibble
  Telephone                     01902 322706
  Staff Room Number             SC113

Module description
This module will allow you to evaluate current and emerging advanced engineering materials used in
polymer products and in rapid manufacturing and prototyping technologies. The module also aims to
develop your critical understanding as to how these materials can be exploited.

     Description                                                           Weighting or Pass/Fail
     Assessment 1         Practical Case Studies                               60%
     Assessment 2         Examination                                          40%

7ET022                    Research Methods and Professional Skills

  Credit value                  20
  Pre-requisites                None
  Co-requisites                 None
  combinations                  None
  Module Leader                 Dr Mark Stanford
  Telephone                     01902 323904
  Staff Room Number             SC020

Module description
By studying this module you will develop the personal and professional skills required to design and
undertake research in your chosen subject area at post graduate level.

     Description                                                         Weighting or Pass/Fail
     Assessment 1        Portfolio                                           100%

University Academic Calendar 2011-12
  Week                  PG
    1      29/08/2011   PGB4 10   2010/11 Graduations
    2      05/09/2011   PGB4 11   2010/11 Graduations
    3      12/09/2011   PGB4 12   UG Welcome Week
    4      19/09/2011   PGB4 A
    5      26/09/2011
    6      03/10/2011
    7      10/10/2011             PG Induction week
    8      17/10/2011   PGB1 1
    9      24/10/2011   PGB1 2
   10      31/10/2011   PGB1 3
   11      07/11/2011   PGB1 4
   12      14/11/2011   PGB1 5
   13      21/11/2011   PGB1 6
   14      28/11/2011   PGB1 7
   15      05/12/2011   PGB1 8
   16      12/12/2011   PGB1 9
   17      19/12/2011             Christmas Holiday
   18      26/12/2011             Christmas Holiday
   19      02/01/2012   PGB1 10   Christmas Holiday
   20      09/01/2012   PGB1 A    PG block 1
   21      16/01/2012   PGB2 1
   22      23/01/2012   PGB2 2
   23      30/01/2012   PGB2 3
   24      06/02/2012   PGB2 4
   25      13/02/2012   PGB2 5
   26      20/02/2012   PGB2 6
   27      27/02/2012   PGB2 7
   28      05/03/2012   PGB2 8
   29      12/03/2012   PGB2 9
   30      19/03/2012   PGB2 10
   31      26/03/2012   PGB2 A    Assessment PG Block 2
   32      02/04/2012             Easter Holiday
   33      09/04/2012             Easter Holiday
   34      16/04/2012   PGB3 1
   35      23/04/2012   PGB3 2
   36      30/04/2012   PGB3 3
   37      07/05/2012   PGB3 4
   38      14/05/2012   PGB3 5
   39      21/05/2012   PGB3 6
   40      28/05/2012   PGB3 7
   41      04/06/2012   PGB3 8
   42      11/06/2012   PGB3 9
   43      18/06/2012   PGB3 10
   44      25/06/2012   PGB3 A    Assessment PG Block 3
   45      02/07/2012   PGB4 1
   46      09/07/2012   PGB4 2
   47      16/07/2012   PGB4 3
   48      23/07/2012   PGB4 4
   49      30/07/2012   PGB4 5
   50      06/08/2012   PGB4 6
   51      13/08/2012   PGB4 7
   52      20/08/2012   PGB4 8
   53      27/08/2012   PGB4 9
For the weeks highlighted in red you are advised to remain in the UK.
  Course Management and Staff Involved with the Course

  Department of Engineering

  Please note e-mails sent to you by University employees will only be sent to your email address; therefore it is important that you regularly monitor your
  University email account.

  Please precede Ext numbers with 01902 32**** when dialling from outside the University.

Telephone          Name                                    Room           Email

Academic Staff
     1720          Alan Davies                               SC002
     3897          Dr David Dyke                             SC019
     1720          Dr Brian Griffiths                         SC002
     2706          Prof Kevin Kibble                         SC113
                   Prof Diane Mynors –
     3968                                                    SC018
                   Head of Department                           
     1763          Prof Andrew Pollard                     Science Park
                   Dr Tarsem Sihra –
                   Student Support Co-ordinator              SC118
     3820          Prof Ian Sillitoe                         SC034
     3904          Dr Mark Stanford                          SC020
     3829          Dr Chang Wang                             SC117
     2274          Dr Ahmad Zakeri                           SC114
     3908          Dr Lijuan Zhang                           SC114
                                         Technical Staff
                   Colin Durnall –
                   Technical Resource Manager &                 
     1721                                                  SC021/SC004
                   Christopher Chew –
     3967                                                    SC006
                   Junior Technician                            
                   Dang Zheng (Sarah) –
     3834          Electronics and Communications            SC040

     3916          Andrew Jackson – Automotive               SC006
     3947          Iain Lyall – CNC Specialist               SC124
     1721          Jim Stamps – General Technician           SC021
                   Hayley Everett –
                   Departmental Administrator                SC002

Where to get help with your course
Student Support
If you encounter any issues (personal or academic) the following diagram directs you to the
appropriate department or staff member.

                                             Academic & Course
                                                related queries:

                        Study Issues:             Kevin Kibble
                                                                       General Queries::
                Study Skills Advisor, LIS                              School Office or
                            or                                         Student Office

                                                                                   Module Related queries:
  Careers & Employment
                                                Who to Contact
            Services:                                                                 Module Leader or Tutor
    Student Gateway                                                                         .

                   Personal Issues:
                                                                       Mitigating Circumstances,
                                                                          Enrolment queries,
                    Personal Tutor or                                    Course transfer:
                    Student Gateway
                                                                         Student Office
                                            Student Support Adviser:

                                             Special Needs Tutor, or
                                             Student Enabling Centre

Employability and Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)
What is ‘Employability’?
‘Employability’ is concerned with the development of skills aimed at enhancing your
employment prospects throughout your time here at the University of Wolverhampton.
Developing specialist subject and academic knowledge is important for employers but they
also want to employ individuals who are able to:
   Communicate effectively;
   Work in a team and have good interpersonal skills;
   Solve problems;
   Work on their own using their own initiative and are able to adapt to changing
   Be self-confident.

How Will You Develop Your Employment Skills?
At the School of Technology we aim to provide you with the opportunity to develop these
through the modules you will be studying. The assessments you do for your modules are
designed to help you develop Subject specific skills through the research you undertake for
the assignments. In addition, they are also designed to help you develop other key skills
such as your written communication skills. Where you have formal presentations, this will
build your self-confidence in addition to helping you develop your skills of verbal
communication. Working as part of a team will develop vital group-work skills. Attending your
classes regularly will further ensure that you have the opportunity to develop other skills.

Throughout your time at the University, you will develop and be able to demonstrate a
number of skills, some of which are listed below:

    Working as part of a group
    Demonstrating teamwork skills and leadership skills
    Effective communication
    Written (via reports etc.)
    Oral (through formal presentations)
    Problem-solving
    IT skills (which include use of basic packages for word processing, spreadsheets, use
     of email etc.)
    Time management – attending classes, handing in of assignments, planning study time

You may also be working part-time. The experience you gain within a work environment is a
very worthwhile one and also helps you to develop transferable skills which are valued by

Career opportunities and Progression for Further Study
The MSc provides an exciting opportunity for design engineers, managers and technologists
in industry to obtain a formal and relevant qualification in polymer engineering, and also to
gain knowledge, skills and expertise that will contribute to your continuing professional

On completion of the programme, you could expect to develop your career in a technical or
managerial post where your deeper technological knowledge would be beneficial.

Health & Safety issues

School of Technology

Health and Safety

School of Technology operates over two university campuses – City Campus and Telford
Campus, but also delivers teaching in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Qatar and Biarritz
in France. It also has staff offices at the Wolverhampton Science Park and in Central

The management of Health and Safety across the School has been devolved to the School
Health and Safety committee, which is chaired by the Dean of School and the members are
representative of its staff and students. The day-to-day responsibility for Health and Safety in
the School lies with its three Technical Resource Managers.

Each year the School is required to report on the following issues: Codes of Practice; Risk
assessments; Fire Risk Assessment; First Aid; Occupational Health; Portable Appliance
Testing; In-house inspection; Health and Safety Needs Analysis; Fire Marshalling;
Dissemination; H&S Training; and Accidents.

The School works closely with the Department of Risk, Safety and Health to ensure its
practices align with the University’s policies and guidelines. Staff and Students alike should
familiarise themselves with these policies and adhere to the guidelines provided by visiting
the Department of Risk, Safety and Health’s website.

All students studying at Telford Campus with the Department of Engineering may only
enter workshops and laboratories under instruction and will comply with the
instructions provided by the member of staff. Failure to do so could result in you not
being allowed to complete your course.

       School Charter for Students
                School of Technology Student Code for Behaviour and Attendance

We ask that all students in School of Technology:
   o    Attend regularly and punctually.
   o    Inform the School Office if you are unable to attend your lectures.
   o    If you are unable to attend, make arrangements with fellow students to collect/copy
        handouts and lecture notes.
   o    Show courtesy and respect to staff and other students.
   o    Ensure you understand the requirements of your Course.
   o    Ensure you understand the requirements of each module you are studying (sessions
        to attend, assessment procedures, exam procedures).
   o    Respect and abide by the University Regulations, e.g. Equal Opportunities Policy, ID
        Cards, quiet areas.
   o    Bring all necessary equipment to classes/workshops.
   o    Give in assessments on time (or they will not be marked).
   o    Switch off mobile phones when in class.
   o    Do not come to the University if you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
   o    Behave considerately in lectures, listen attentively and participate in class activities.
   o    Keep your tutor informed if you have personal problems that affect your work; if
        these problems make it necessary to seek extensions, to do so before the deadline.
   o    Use the advertised times (or make an appointment by email) to seek advice from
        your tutors/lecturers.
   o    Confirm your course of study when asked to do so.
   o    Seek approval for and record any change of course within the deadlines.
   o    Inform the Student Office (Here to Help) and Finance if your address or other contact
        details change.

Academic Misconduct

The University considers seriously all acts of academic misconduct, which by
definition are dishonest and in direct opposition to the values of a learning
community. Academic misconduct, if not challenged, will ultimately devalue academic
standards and honest effort on the part of students.

Defining Academic Misconduct
Cheating is defined as any attempt to gain unfair advantage in an assessment by dishonest
means, and includes, for example, all breaches of examination room rules, impersonating
another student, falsifying data, and obtaining an examination paper in advance of its
authorised release.

This is not an exhaustive list and other common examples of cheating would include –
     Being in possession of “crib notes” during an examination;
     Copying from the work of another student;
     Prohibited communication during an examination;
     Acts of plagiarism or collusion as defined below.

Collusion is when two or more people combine to produce a piece of work for assessment
that is passed off as the work of one student alone. The work may be so alike in content,
wording and structure that the similarity goes beyond what might have been coincidence.
For example – where one student has copied the work of another, or where a joint effort has
taken place in producing what should have been an individual effort.

Collusion should not be confused with the normal situation in which students learn from one
another, sharing ideas and group work to complete assignments (where this is specifically

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. This
includes incorporating either unattributed direct quotation(s) or substantial paraphrasing from
the work of another/others. It is important to cite all sources whose work has been drawn on
and reference them fully in accordance with the referencing standard used in each academic
school. See last page for examples of referencing

The most common forms of plagiarism are –
    Cut or copied and pasted materials from websites;
    Copying the work of another student (past or present) including essays available;
     through “essay bank” websites – or other data;
    Copying material from a text book or journal.

Students may go to great lengths to disguise the source reference they have been consulting
in contributing to an assignment – without understanding that with proper referencing this is
entirely acceptable.

Support for Students
The University, through its academic staff, will be both sympathetic and supportive in
preventing plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct.

A variety of support mechanisms are in place to help students succeed and avoid academic
    Visit our study skills support website at See the section on
     tackling academic misconduct.

    Download the Students' Union guide to Avoiding Academic Misconduct ("Read, Write,
     Pass") - available from the same webpages.
    Book an appointment to see a study skills adviser - through the Learning Centres.
    Speak to your personal tutor or module leader.
    There is help available if you need it. The University caught and prosecuted 500 cases
     of Academic Misconduct last year - it is better to do the work than think you can get
     away with cheating - the penalties are severe...

Where an offence is admitted, or a panel decides that cheating, plagiarism or collusion has
occurred, a penalty will be imposed. The severity of the penalty will vary according to the
nature of the offence and the level of study. Penalties will range from failure of the
assignment under investigation to a restriction of the award a student may ultimately achieve
or a requirement to leave the University.

Full details about the University's policy on Academic Misconduct and regulations and
procedures for the investigation of academic misconduct are available at our website:

All the information you use comes from somewhere; it must be clear to the reader where
everything has originated, e.g., your data and calculations, your interpretation of those
results, someone else's results or opinions etc.

References must be included to:

 a.      Support a statement, making it clear that the statement, if not based on evidence
         you have presented, is based on someone else's evidence.

 b.      Show how your work relates to that of others, demonstrating that by knowledge of
         other work, you have used existing knowledge and not duplicated the work of

 c.      Allow readers of the report to find out more information by accessing the sources
         to which you refer.

 d.      Acknowledge your sources, thus not claiming others' ideas or words are your own.

 All references given in the text should appear in the References section. References
 should not appear in this section unless they have appeared in the text.

 You must give the following information, in the following order for each source type:
 example of the layout of the information is shown at the end of this section.

 Journal article
        year of publication (in brackets)
        title of article
        name or journal (italics or underlined)
        volume number (bold)
        issue number (in brackets, if present)
        page numbers (e.g., 24-34)

         year of publication (in brackets)
         title of book (italic or underlined)
         edition (if appropriate)
         chapter and/or page numbers (e.g., Ch 4, 5 & 6)

 Contribution in Book
        author(s) of contribution
        year of publication (in brackets)
        title of contribution, followed by 'In:'
        editor(s) of book
        title of book (italic or underlined)
        edition (if appropriate)
        chapter and/or page numbers

 Paper in Conference Proceedings
        author(s) of paper
        year of publication (in brackets)
        title of paper, followed by 'In:'
         title of conference proceedings (italic or underlined)
         volume number (bold) or volume title
         location of conference
         page numbers

Report (NB: make clear if this is confidential company report not generally available)
       author(s) (use institution/company if report does not have any specific author(s)
      year of publication (in brackets)
      title (italic or underlined)
      serial number
      chapter and/or page numbers

         year of publication (in brackets)
         title (italic or underlined)
         degree for which submitted
         institution, town and country if needed
         chapter and/or page numbers

Private Communication
       (i.e., a verbal or preferably written statement made to you, not generally available for
       public reference, by someone with acknowledged expertise in the subject - TO BE
       year when given (in brackets)
       official position of author
       affiliation of author (company or institution, town and country if needed)

      Name of page for example University of Wolverhampton Home page
      Address of page:
      Date last accessed: 4 July 2008.

NOTE – do not put the web address in the document text.

Harvard Referencing System

References in the text should appear as the author's name and year of publication in
brackets, immediately following the information to which they refer, e.g.:
    Composite plates with cutouts are extensively used in many mechanical structures, the
    presence of a cutout complicates the stress distribution in the plate (Anil, Upadhyay
    and Ivengar, 2007). An attempt has been made to incorporate the effect of prebuckled
    stress on the stability analysis of moderately thick/very thick composite laminated

Then in the references section, in alphabetical order would appear:

Anil, V., Upadhyay, C.S., and Iyengar, N.G.R. (2007) Stability analysis of composite
laminate with and without rectangular cutout under biaxial loading.
Composite Structures, 80, pp. 92-114.

The chronological reference system can also be used. In any assignment only use one

External Examiner Reports
In accordance with the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE), the
University is required to make arrangements for External Examiner Reports to be published
to students.

The External Examiner Reports relating to this programme will be made available to
students by the Department of Engineering in a separate WOLF topic. Details of the WOLF
topic are available from the Departmental Secretary, the Course Manager or your Personal
Tutor. Each Report should be published together with the School’s response to the
External Examiner.

The Reports will remain available on WOLF until the following year’s Reports are available,
at which point they will be removed from WOLF and replaced with the new Reports.


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