Master of Science Program in Automotive Systems Engineering by 5p52sHv1




                           MSc DEGREE PROGRAMME in
                        Automotive Systems Engineering

‘N’ Team      Intake Brochure Part Time Industry 2009
                                                 Intake Brochure 2009
                                                   Part Time Industry
                                                        ~ N Team ~
The Loughborough MSc programme in Automotive Systems Engineering is aimed at engineers working in the
automotive industry, to extend and deepen their skills and understanding of this vast field of knowledge. As an
educational course, it is not designed to train engineers for their daily job in industry. Rather, it seeks to widen horizons
and build confidence, providing a route for MSc graduates to acquire

 knowledge and technical expertise in a wide range of automotive disciplines
 a systems viewpoint for automotive design and manufacture,
 relevant and in-depth knowledge in chosen areas, through elective modules
 the ability to transfer new skills and knowledge to the workplace, via the industry-based MSc project
 a confident and open-minded attitude to exploring new areas of knowledge in the future

Though primarily aimed at product development engineers, the programme offers significant value to those working in
the manufacturing side of the industry - indeed, the electives provide considerable depth in manufacturing engineering.
The benefit will be most significant for those who need to work alongside colleagues from product design in the context
of cross functional teams and simultaneous engineering practice.

Starting in 1986, in partnership with Ford Motor Company, we at Loughborough have been working closely with the
automotive industry in designing, developing and delivering our part-time automotive MSc programme. Over 300
engineers have now graduated from our programmes and a good number of these are now in senior positions in the

The programme has its home in the Department of Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering. With one of the largest
engineering faculties in the UK the MSc also benefits from the contributions made by other Loughborough academic
departments. Additional expertise is provided from other universities as well as from industry-based specialists.

We reorganised the entire programme to incorporate a theme of Systems Engineering into our MSc and October 2009 will
see the fourteenth intake into this Automotive Systems Engineering Programme. Working from to our earlier MSc in
Advanced Automotive Engineering, we have sought to retain the strong automotive engineering content, but with an added
element of ‘top down’ design. The programme also provides a more flexible modular structure, allowing a wide choice of
electives in the second year.

                              MSc in Automotive Systems Engineering



    •   Introduction                                                                             3

    •   Overview of Automotive Systems Engineering                                               5

    •   Programme Format                                                                         6

    •   Entry and Progression Requirements                                                       7

    •   Location and Travel                                                                      8

    •   Programme Management and Support Personnel                                               9

    •   Key Dates                                                                              10

Overview of Automotive Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering can mean many different things to many different people; to us it is a pragmatic way of dealing with
the complex products, processes and constraints that fill the automotive world. Gone are the days when engineers might
seek to build ‘good motor vehicles’ by the simple strategy of specifying ‘good quality components’. Designing and building
with confidence involves quantifying the function and performance of systems and sub-systems. ‘Good’ engineering
practice is still needed, but applied in a way that ultimately links the bottom level component design to the top-level
objectives such as customer satisfaction and cost effectiveness. No engineer working in the modern automotive industry
can afford to ignore this functional approach.

To reflect this, the programme
   adopts a top-down approach to the delivery of the vehicle engineering topics
   incorporates a ‘systems thinking’ framework, referring to product lifecycle, target setting, requirements capture and
    cascade, plus elements of business-related drivers for engineering practice
   includes a very significant level of core technical engineering content
   introduces the duality of approach to engineering: components and assemblies vs functional systems, physical vs
    functional attributes and boundaries, etc., and starts to develop these themes at the vehicle level.
   provides clear links between design and manufacture, for example presenting examples where manufacturing
    capabilities have a large impact on design and system robustness.

Two modules in the first year are pitched at the level of vehicle systems and attributes, including elements of the ‘top
down’ focus, particularly in the area of customer and legislative requirements, and how these apply to the major vehicle
functions such as straight-line performance, fuel economy, vehicle dynamics, etc.. There is also a very strong emphasis
on developing the accompanying engineering tools and concepts. The focus is widened in the two remaining first year
modules addressing key areas that interface with vehicle design:
•   vehicle life and lifecycle - essentially taking an extended time-line for the vehicle, dealing with issues such as
    product usability (ergonomics), reliability, recycling, maintainability etc., plus interaction with other systems, e.g. as in
    telematics and highway information systems. An extended list of requirements is thereby generated.
•   vehicle design as a process - is centred on the methods and procedures relevant to a systems-based vehicle
    design process. It includes relevant systems engineering tools and methodologies, such as requirements capture
    and cascade. An overview of CAE testing and sign-off practices also comes under this heading. The link to
    manufacturing is also explored via issues of simultaneous engineering practice and the need for design for
    manufacture and design for assembly.
•   vehicle engineering as a business - briefly exploring the links to commercial and economic factors. This includes
    cost implications and planning for the design, manufacture, service and disposal phases of the vehicle lifecycle, as
    well as associated issues of vehicle programme timing. This is an area of common concern for the design and
    manufacturing areas of the automotive industry.
•   manufacturing systems - this brings us back to ‘solid’ engineering, in a way that mirrors the vehicle
    engineering content of the earlier modules; so we concentrate on manufacturing processes and their
    organization, cost, effectiveness, capabilities, limitations etc.

The first four modules provide a broad foundation for understanding the wider aspects of automotive engineering practice.
By contrast, the remainder of the MSc programme provides an opportunity to add considerable depth, first through the
elective modules, and secondly through the MSc project. The electives cover areas such as powertrain design, vehicle
dynamics, manufacturing and materials. Though the Systems Engineering aspects are less explicit here, it will always be
a priority to highlight the relevance and significance of the technical material covered.
Not surprisingly, the project is also expected to provide this same blend of systems engineering framework plus detailed
technical engineering content.

Programme Format
The MSc comprises 180 modular credits, made up from eight taught modules valued at 15 credits each, plus a Masters
Project valued at 60 credits. The programme is designed for part-time study by graduate engineers working in the
automotive industry. Of the eight taught modules, four are designated as being ‘core’ and four more ‘electives’ are chosen
from a list of available options. The core modules are normally studied during the first academic year of the programme,
and the electives during the second year. The project is initiated towards the end of the first year, with completion in time
for graduation in the summer of the third year. However, in recognition of the sometimes unpredictable demands of the
students’ work and other commitments, there is considerable flexibility in the time available to complete the programme,
and it is usually possible to defer taking any particular module.
Each 15 credit taught module is designed to occupy approximately 10 weeks of part-time study. Central to each module
is an intensive week of residential study at Loughborough based at Burleigh Court, our on-site residential conference
centre. Outside of this, students are expected to work on prepared course materials and assignments, and to do this
effectively, will need access to email and the Internet. An interactive ‘discussion database’ is used to provide additional
information and materials, and also to facilitate tutorial-type discussion. The database is password-protected, and
accessible by students using a standard web browser such as Netscape.
Core Modules
As described above, two of the core modules work from a vehicle engineering perspective, developing the relevant
engineering fundamentals alongside a top-down review and analysis of the major vehicle systems. This perspective is
then widened to deal with more general Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering concepts and methods. Finally the link
to Manufacturing and simultaneous engineering is explored.
•   Vehicle Functional Performance
•   Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering
•   Vehicle Systems Analysis
•   Manufacturing Systems

Elective Modules
The list of electives currently on offer is as follows. This list may vary slightly as the programme develops, and a
confirmed list will be offered during the first year of study. Choice of elective will normally be made in consultation with a
Loughborough academic tutor and a manager or supervisor from the sponsoring company.
•   Vehicle Dynamics                                       •   Engine Performance Advanced Techniques
•   Electronic Systems Integration                         •   Design Integrated Manufacture
•   Powertrain Engineering                                 •   Automotive Control
•   Vehicle Platforms Engineering                          •   Automotive Materials – an Overview

Masters Project
Typically this is carried out at a company location, under the supervision of a nominated University supervisor, and with
the cooperation of a company-based manager or supervisor. The project topic is agreed at an early stage between the
student and the academic and industry supervisors, and regular discussions take place. The academic supervisor will
visit the student at the workplace. A good project combines the academic rigours of the university with the technical and
commercial requirements of the company. Project dissertations can have access restrictions where commercial
confidentiality is an issue.
The core modules are assessed by examination and coursework, while the electives are assessed by coursework only.
The masters project assessment is based mostly on the written dissertation though marks are also awarded for an interim
progress report of 2000 words.

Entry and Progression Requirements for the MSc Programme

Candidates should have an engineering or physical science first degree, or equivalent. A typical candidate will have 2 or
more years company service and a management recommendation to come onto the Programme, though this is naturally
not a university requirement.

A formal interview may take place, though this is not usually necessary.

The method of programme assessment is as follows

                                                         Module            Exam       Coursework           MSc
               Programme Modules                           Code        Weight           Weight            Credit
C1 - Vehicle Functional Performance                     TTP 301             60%           40%              15
C2 - Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering           TTP 403             60%           40%              15
C3 - Vehicle Systems Analysis                           TTP 302             60%           40%              15
C4 - Manufacturing Systems                              MMP 602             60%           40%              15

Elective Periods (EP)               [select four] :
• Vehicle Dynamics                                     TTP 404             ---           100%              15
• Electronic Systems Integration                       TTP 408             ---           100%              15
• Powertrain Engineering                               TTP 401             ---           100%              15
• Vehicle Platform Engineering                         TTP 402             ---           100%              15
• Engine Performance Advanced Technologies             TTP 406             ---           100%              15
• Design Integrated Manufacturing                      MMP 400             ---           100%              15
• Automotive Control                                   TTP 405             ---           100%              15
• Automotive Materials – an Overview                   MPP 031             ---           100%              15
MSc Project                                            TTP 300             ---           100%              60

   Location & Travel
                                                                                          Derby (A6)
                                                                                          M1 Jct 24



                                                      Ashby Road

                                                                                                                      Epinal Way
                                 M1 Jct 23

 Aero & Auto Dept                                                                                                       Leicester (A6)
 Stewart Miller Bldg

            Campus                                             Burleigh Court
                                                          International Conference

                                                                Car travellers are advised to take one of the following routes:

Rail travellers will arrive at Loughborough Midland Station,
approximately 3 miles from the campus. Taxi fare approx         M1: Junction 23 on to the A512 to Loughborough, approx 2 miles to 1st
£4.50                                                           roundabout, turn right, at next roundabout turn left into the campus
                                                                entrance. Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is the first building
A University/Town/Station Kinch Bus service operates every
                                                                on the left. Please use the car park on your right.
20 mins. No.7 – fare 80p single, £1.50 return.
                                                                A6 from North and South:          follow signs for Loughborough, then
                                                                University and/or Nanpantan.
Coach travellers will arrive at Loughborough in The Rushes.
A five-minute walk away is the Kinch Bus service in Ashby
Square. No.7 runs past the campus .                             A60 from Nottingham, or A511 from Leicester or Burton: follow
                                                                signs for Loughborough, then University and/or Nanpantan

For Burleigh Court: please follow the signs for Burleigh Court and use the car parks within the complex

Loughborough is a small market town of some 50,000 people, situated between Nottingham and Leicester in the heart of the Midlands. Its
main activities are Engineering and Education. The latter includes the University, the Technical College and the College of Art. All were
started by Dr Herbert Schofield.
The University received its charter in 1966 but it’s beginnings stem from 1909 when Dr Schofield established the Loughborough Technical
Institute in cramped accommodation close to the centre of Loughborough. Today, the University occupies one of the finest campuses in
Europe. The University is well known for Engineering and Sport.

Programme Management & Support Personnel at Loughborough
Programme development
A system of continuous improvement is embodied in the management of the MSc programme. Feedback is gathered and
considered from each module, and there are regular meetings with an industrial liaison committee - a team of industrial
managers and technical experts which works with the Loughborough team. This committee helps to steer the MSc in the
design, development and management of the programme. The technical experts also provide guest lectures on the
programme, thereby improving its relevance to the automotive industry.

Loughborough University                                        +44 (0)1509 22 XXXX       xxxxxx
Prof Richard Stobart         Ford Professor & Programme Director              7201       r.k.stobart@
Dr Stephen Walsh             Programme Tutor                                  7208       s.j.walsh@
Dr Rui Chen                  Programme Admissions Tutor                       7255       r.chen@
Mrs Lynn Braham              Departmental Administrator                       7222       l.braham@
Dr Anoma Malalasekera        Study Support IT Manager                         7279       w.m.a.malalasekera@

Module Leaders
Dr Martin Passmore           Vehicle Functional Performance                            7250         m.a.passmore@
Prof John Andrews            Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering                  7286         j.d.andrews@
Dr Stephen Walsh             Vehicle Systems Analysis                                  7208         s.j.walsh@
Dr Russ Harris               Manufacturing Systems                                     7571         r.a.harris@
Dr Matthew Best              Vehicle Dynamics                                          7209
Dr Rui Chen                  Powertrain Engineering                                    7255         r.chen@
Dr Simon Wang                Vehicle Platform Engineering                              7252
Dr Salah Ibrahim             Engine Performance Advanced Technologies                  7253         s.s.ibrahim@
Dr Paul Leaney               Design Integrated Manufacture                             7631         p.g.leaney@
Dr Xujin Bao                 Advanced Automotive Materials                             3150         x.bao@
Prof Richard Stobart         Electronic Systems Integration                            7201         r.k.stobart@
Dr George Mavros             Automotive Control                                        7273         g.mavros@
LU MSc Program Champions:

Prof Pim van der Jagt - Ford, Manager Global Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, Adv Research & Engineering, Aachen
Tony Pixton – Ford, Executive Director Ford Global PD Integration, Dunton Technical Centre, Essex

Industry Module Champions
Tim Davies                Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering                            tbe
Ron Price                     Powertrain Engineering & Elec Systs Integration       
Chris Taylor                  Vehicle Platform Engineering                          
Nigel Weaver                  Engine Performance Advanced Technologies              
Pim van der Jagt              Vehicle Dynamics                                      
Alan Weakley                  Automotive Materials – an overview                    
Torsten Wey                   Automotive Control                                    
Kuly Malka                    Design Integrated Manufacture                         
Graham Cochrane               Electronic Systems Integration                        

Key Dates1, 2
                                            October 2009 Intake (‘N’ team)
Academic Year 2009 – 2010 : (all modules and exams mandatory for part time)
          Start Date             Short Code       Module Title
        15 September 2009                         Induction
           12 October 2009             C1         Vehicle Functional Performance
          7 December 2009              C2         Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering
           18 January 2010                        C1 Examination
           25 January 2010                        C2 Examination
                1 March 2010           C3         Vehicle Systems Analysis
                 24 May 2010           C4         Manufacturing Systems
                21 June 2010                      C3 Examination
                28 June 2010                      C4 Examination

Academic Year 2010-2011 : (select 4 modules)
          Start Date           Module Title
        20 September 2010 Vehicle Dynamics
        15 November 2010 Electronic Systems Integration
           7 February 2011 Powertrain Engineering
                 11 April 2011 Vehicle Platform Engineering
                20 June 2011 Engine Performance Advanced Technologies
        26 September 2011 Design Integrated Manufacture
           24 October 2011 Automotive control
        21 November 2011 Automotive Materials – an Overview

Academic Year 2012
               Date            Title
May        1                   Project Completion
July       tbe                 Graduation

1      All modules are of 1 week duration except for Induction
2      For Full time Students there may be further options available to you

Students are required to contact the Departmental Administrator (Lynn Braham) at least five weeks prior to the
commencement of a module to provide confirmation of their attendance on the modules and day of arrival at
Burleigh Court.
Please note that students should be respectfully dressed when in the public places within Burleigh Court particularly
when in the dining room. Whilst in Burleigh Court classrooms and restaurant please ensure that your mobile phone
is switched off.


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