BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Degrees:

Liverpool John Moores University - 4+0(3+0) | 3+1(2+1) | 2+1+1(1+1+1) | 2+2(1+2)

  • BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Systems Engineering (with Management)

Year 2 Pathways:

  • Mechanical Engineering-related 2+2s (1+2s)

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* International Students who have sufficient Academic and English language requirements may be exempt from taking the foundation year and complete the degree in only 3 Years.

This degree course is offered by the Liverpool John Moores University and delivered at SBC.

This course provides a programme of study, which develops core knowledge, and understanding of engineering principles, mathematics, and computation, appropriate to the field of manufacturing engineering. It will enable you to develop specialist knowledge, intellectual and practical skills that will enable you to analyse, investigate and develop robust solutions to manufacturing engineering problems.

You will develop relevant study and personal skills to become an independent learner, while receiving appropriate tutoring and support. You will also be equipped with a range of transferable skills and attributes in the use of computers, software packages, team working, communication, time management and problem solving methodology which will enable you to undertake responsible roles in industry and commerce.

You may study the full degree at SBC in Shanghai to receive the Liverpool John Moores University degree certificate (4+0/3+0). Alternatively, you may study partly in Shanghai and partly in the UK, and receive a degree certificate from one of the nine SBC partner universities in Mechanical Engineering-related areas (3+1/2+1, 2+1+1/1+1+1, 2+2/1+2).

The course is designed to prepare students for their future careers, by providing them with the initial educational requirements of a professional engineer, together with a suitable range of transferable and management skills appropriate to the discipline. This will enable graduates to operate effectively in their initial professional role and provide a strong basis for future career development.

The first year comprises the Year 1 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme, which is designed to give you the necessary skills in all 4 language areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking). You will practise these skills by expressing your ideas in spoken or written form, taking part in academic discussions, taking effective lecture notes and giving oral presentations. This is carefully integrated with the content modules in Physics and Mathematics to fully prepare you for years 2-4 of the degree.

In the second year, you will be introduced to the core modules in area of mechanical engineering, including Mechanical Principals, Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics of Materials and Structures. You will also learn computer programming by using C/C++ programming languages and Mechatronics which teaches you necessary understanding for integrating your mechanical designs into the industrial environment. In addition, Mathematics tailored for Engineering students will continue to be studied. Therefore, in Part I (Years 1 and 2) study students will be provided with the basics of the chosen subject that are required for the advanced study in Part II (Years 3 and 4).

In the third year at SBC, core modules for this course include Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing and the Environment, Automation, Engineering Problem Solution, Measurement and Control, Product Testing and Verification as well as Advanced Mathematics. Other modules specialised in mechanical engineering include Engineering Graphics and Design, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, and Materials and Processes.

In the fourth year at SBC, you will be required to complete modules including Industrial Automation, Project Management, Risk and Reliability, Quality Systems, Strategic Manufacturing, Advanced Materials and Processing, and High Precision Manufacture. An important part of the fourth year is an individual engineering project.

In addition to the Manufacturing Systems Engineering degree with Liverpool John Moores University, a wide range of degree subjects in the area of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering are available to students who choose to complete their degree study in the UK after two years study in Shanghai, including Mechanical and Marine Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Management. International students may also choose to study Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical with Nuclear Engineering, Medical Engineering, Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies and Energy Engineering etc. For information regarding the third and fourth years study in other universities in the UK, please refer to the website of the university that you choose for study abroad.

A range of delivery styles are incorporated into the course. You will attend lectures which are heavily supported by small-group tutorial work, led by academic staff and you will be encouraged to develop your thoughts and ideas.

Delivery is interactive in a number of ways. Many modules make significant use of our Blackboard, where online learning resources can be accessed to support your work and to fit in with your personal workload scheduling.

Your knowledge and understanding will usually be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework. Certain subjects may be assessed by other means, such as through a portfolio of work. In addition, there is a final year project. This allows you to work independently and contributes substantially to the final award.

SBC has an established Centre of Career Service and Student Development, which runs tailor-made skill training courses and helps students to recognise their own potential and plan their future. SBC cooperates with a broad range of Multinational Corporate Partners including Fortune 500 companies. Students will have unique opportunities for internship placements and attending training programmes during their duration of study at SBC.

Manufacturing Systems Engineers are employed to support both sales and marketing, as well as reaching positions of technical, managerial and commercial leadership. Positions in both small and large companies require both a good technical understanding and strong interpersonal skills. Manufacturing Systems Engineering is widely recognised by employers as a degree meeting these requirements. This also enables graduates to be employed by consultancies, government bodies and public utilities.

2016/17 Manufacturing Systems Engineering Module List

You will learn how to clearly express mathematical ideas in English, how to use a scientific calculator and how to analyse complex problems. In this first year course a variety of topics are covered including: Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Linear Algebra. This course will provide a mathematical foundation for your future engineering study.

This course is suitable for students who wish to study Further Mathematics in addition to the core Mathematics programme detailed in the NCUK Mathematics modules. The topics in the Mathematics modules will be assumed as background knowledge. However, as students will be studying the mathematics modules together, the Further Mathematics module topics have often been planned to follow on immediately from a topic taught in the Mathematics modules. This further mathematics module contains some mechanics topics in addition to more advanced pure mathematics topics. Study of Further Mathematics will complement the study of the NCUK Physics module.

The purpose of the Physics course is not only to increase your knowledge of physics, but also to prepare you for study in a Western university. You will have to attend lectures, small tutorials and practical Physics labs, where you will be expected to perform simple experiments. You will be given the skills, knowledge and understanding of fundamental areas of Physics. As well as attending lectures, tutorials and labs, you will gain the confidence required to write both laboratory and investigation style reports.

An understanding of English is key for making progress in all the subjects that you will study at SBC and abroad. The Year 1 English course is designed to give you the necessary skills in all 4 language areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), be it in expressing ideas in spoken or written form, taking part in academic discussions, taking effective lecture notes or giving oral presentations.

You should aim to be practicing English as much as possible, not just in the classroom. For example, at SBC you should always be speaking English on campus. By practicing a little every day your oral English ability will improve and your confidence will grow at the same time. You could read English magazines or you can listen to radio stations in English over the Internet. Try to make a habit or routine of improving your English ability.

This module is to introduce an engineering design and in particular methods of engineering communication through the medium of engineering drawings. This includes the drawing methods and the selection of appropriate materials and manufacturing data.

The module integrates the basic elements of engineering communication through the range of CAD and Solidworks design drawings. The selection of appropriate engineering components and materials is part of this process so that the student may, at the end of the module, produce design drawings of a simple engineered artefact. The design of a basic engineering artefact allows the students to consolidate their understanding of the role of assembly and the role of detail manufacturing drawings.

Students will undertake a drawing test (40%) and a final assignment (60%) which will allow them to express their ideas graphically to other engineers through the medium of CAD and Solidworks.

This module is to introduce the fundamental principles of semiconductor materials and semiconductor devices. This will include the methods of operation of semiconductor devices, the key physical parameters and applications for diodes and transistors, the basic characteristics of insulators, dielectrics and magnetic materials. You will expand your knowledge of electrics and electronics and you will use these topics in your later projects and researches.

Assessments are a lab experiment (10%) and a class-test (10%) and the end of module exam (80%)

This module will provide student with a fundamental understanding of statics and develop their ability to analyse stationary objects subjected to various forces and moments. Furthermore there is imparted a fundamental understanding application of basic stress analysis. You will learn different types of forces, vector analysis, moments, deformable solids and the analysis of the pin jointed frameworks. These topics will provide you necessary knowledge and ability to analyse basic static engineering systems and understand the scientific relationships between the various aspects of engineering systems.

Assessment includes a laboratory report (20%) and end of semester examination (80%).

Maths 1 is a Calculus course designed to give you the skills to apply mathematics to solving engineering problems in your other courses. It covers differentiation and integration and there application to Engineering problems with the following goals:

  • To develop the students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and appreciation of the mathematics required for a course in engineering.
  • To develop the students’ ability to apply theoretical ideas to practical problems.
  • To allow the students to develop techniques for modelling engineering problems and the abilities to interpret their results.
  • To extend and improve the students’ knowledge and use of the correct mathematical vocabulary and syntax so that they can communicate effectively with other engineers, scientists and mathematicians.
  • To be able to use ICT within their mathematics

This module will provide understanding of the basic properties of fluids and their mechanics. This would enable the students in understanding the application of basic principles of fluid mechanics in engineering applications through problem solving. Students will learn about flow visualisations commonly used in the studies of fluid mechanics. The assignments in this course concentrate on developing your practical skills.  

The assessment includes 2 assignments each worth 10% and an end of semester exam worth 80%.

This module will provide student with a fundamental understanding of dynamics and will develop the students’ ability to analyse dynamic systems subjected to various forces, moments, torques and inertias. Furthermore there is imparted a fundamental understanding application of basic energy and power. Students will be able to recognise simple engineering systems to which fundamental mechanical science analytical methods may be applied. Upon completion of this module you will possess the knowledge and ability to analyse basic dynamic engineering systems and understand the scientific relationships between the various aspects of engineering systems.

Assessment includes a class test (20%) and end of semester examination (80%).

Maths 2 continues where Maths 1 left off. The course covers linear algebra and differential equations and the application to engineering problems with the following goals:

  • To develop the students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and appreciation of the mathematics required for a course in engineering.
  • To develop the students’ ability to apply theoretical ideas to practical problems.
  • To allow the students to develop techniques for modelling engineering problems and the abilities to interpret their results.
  • To extend and improve the students’ knowledge and use of the correct mathematical vocabulary and syntax so that they can communicate effectively with other engineers, scientists and mathematicians.
  • To be able to use ICT within their mathematics

This module is to provide an elementary introduction to thermodynamics. This course introduces the properties of different working fluids (vapours and gases) and also provides the necessary analytical skills to address practical and theoretical issues arising in the analysis of thermodynamic machinery.

Students will learn to read instrumentation, use look-up charts for thermodynamic properties and to estimate errors. You will be able to apply fundamental thermodynamic principles to areas outside of engineering and have an appreciation of the influence of thermodynamic machines on the environment. Students will develop an awareness of the limitations of many of the proposed solutions to circumvent energy supply problems.

The assessment includes 2 assignments each worth 10% and end of semester examination (80%).

This module is to develop skills, knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm in materials science and manufacturing. It will also develop the necessary English language materials science and manufacturing vocabulary and terminology so that students can learn effectively in an English language university.

Students will learn about basic knowledge in materials such Inter-atomic bonding, structures of metals and ceramics, materials classification and mechanical properties of different materials and the selection of the proper material to use. Also, you will learn materials processing, casting processes, material removal and the moulding processes. These are essential topics to develop an overview of important materials science concepts to act as a foundation in further study.

Assessment includes a laboratory report (20%) and end of semester examination (80%).

This module will provide a fundamental understanding of mechanics of materials and structures and will develop the students’ ability to analyse structures subjected to various forces and moments. Furthermore there is imparted a fundamental understanding of material properties and the application of stress analysis. This module will provide a continuation of scientific principles related to stresses, strains, and deflections in structures whilst considering the behaviour of materials. Upon completion of this module students will possess the knowledge and ability to analyse structural engineering systems and understand the scientific relationships between the various aspects of engineering systems.

Assessment includes a laboratory report (20%) and end of semester examination (80%).

This course is designed to build upon the mathematical skills you have learnt in previous years at SBC. It will help further build your foundation in advanced engineering mathematics for application to the solution of engineering problems. You will be assessed in the course via examination at the end of the semester. As part of the course you will use a number of different mathematical methods to solve engineering problems. These include using: eigenvectors and eigenvalues, Laplace transforms, Fourier series, and differential calculus. The course also has a large emphasis on using symbolic mathematical software to assist in finding solutions to the various problems presented to you.

Mechatronics is an important part of modern industry. Studying on this course gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding of how sensors and actuators may be used in modern engineering systems. As part of the course you will learn how select appropriate sensors and actuators for a particular system, and show an understanding of their performance characteristics. The module incorporates elements of flipped delivery in order to encourage engagement. The source of primary knowledge will be via material made available through the VLE, while understanding will be developed through tutorials and significant practical work. 

This course will help you develop an understanding of the components and principles of control systems. The basic design and analysis of control systems is covered and the opportunity for you to practice control systems applicable to industrial situations. By taking part on this course you will gather an understanding of the basic concepts of dynamic system response and closed loop control; create models for a simple dynamic plant using appropriate software; analyse system stability; and simulate and assess system performance. The course is 1 year long, and is delivered by a mix of lectures, tutorials, and practicals

The engineer is responsible for designing machinery so that it is safe, does not fail when being used and performs as required. In the mechanical part of this module you will study the methods used to anlayse how solid components behave when being used. In the thermal part of the module you will study the flow of fluids and heat transfer. These are topics that are very important to the operation of many machines

An important part of manufacture is the control and understanding the materials that are used to make the final product. In an airplane for example there are over 3 million components each one may be made from a different material, and using a different manufacturing process. As an engineer you will be expected to specify the material from which the component is made, and also the processes that are used to make it.

The course is designed to provide the underpinning skills in interpretation, reading, production of engineering drawings, and the use of finite element analysis (FEA) to verify and optimise your designs. There is a strong emphasis on relating the course content to the production and manufacture of components and assembly of mechanical items. As part of the course, you will be learn how to read and interpret engineering parts and assembly drawings; create sketches and engineering drawings of engineering components; produce models of components using Solidworks CAD software; convert your 3D CAD drawings into 2D drawings; and test your design using FEA.

Here you will develop the skills required to practice as a professional engineer. The course provides a broad range of experiences with an emphasis upon the systematic thinking, planning and execution required of engineers in a modern professional environment. As part of your studies you will be required to design, build and test an electronic product to a given specification. The product will incorporate elements covered elsewhere on the course, including analogue electronics and a programmable device such as a microcontroller or FPGA. There is a large emphasis on practical work with much of the work you do, taking place in the laboratory.

The manufacture of certain products, such as modern aircraft engines, is only possible using high precision methods. High precision manufacture also adds high value to the product especially in the aircraft and automotive industries. In this type of manufacturing, accurate control of machinery is important, so you will apply control and instrumentation knowledge gained in previous years of your studies.

This course will provide you with an introduction to the scope of engineering projects and an understanding of the principles and techniques of the management of projects. The course will teach you how to discuss project characteristics and the pitfalls in project management; how to plan, organize, coordinate and monitor projects; how to discuss the impact of time, cost of quality; and how to discuss the issues associated with computerised project management.

Strategic Manufacturing will teach you that engineering is not just about designing and constructing devices but also about ensuring that the manufacturing process is as smooth as possible, this module aims to give students an insight into the important area of strategic manufacturing. Areas covered include operation performance objectives, outsourcing and MRP. Assessment is via a piece of coursework and an end of semester examination.

This course will introduce to you the concepts of quality systems and specific quality management techniques to all stages of the product life cycle. You will learn about the principles of ISO 9001:2000 Quality Standard; specific quality management techniques; and appropriate techniques for organisational improvement. The course is delivered over a single semester, and incorporates and mix of lectures and tutorials.

This module provides a more detailed understanding of materials for specialized usage. You will learn about high strength steels and lightweight alloys as used in aircraft, automotive, construction and ship-building industries. You will also learn about polymers (plastic) and polymer processing which contribute to a lot to global manufacturing effort. Particularly important are composites which are a mixture of two or more different materials that provide superior performance.

Risk and Reliability is a course designed to provide you with the means to identify, assess, evaluate and control the risks inherent in organisations. It will also teach you how to investigate failures and prevent their recurrence by developing proactive management and systems of work. The course is delivered over a single semester, and incorporates and mix of lectures and tutorials.

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of industrial automation systems for manufacturing and process industries. The control of industrial processes using programmable logic controllers (PLC) is introduced, and you will also learn how to critically review the differences between various types of controllers. By the end of the course you will be able to analyse industrial control problems and design suitable solutions; write PLC programs using a PLC programming language; and integrate external devices into a PLC based industrial system.

The engineering project is the most important course you will do in your final year. The project represents approximately 30% of your final degree grade. It aims to provide a guided but independent learning activity on a relevant area of engineering or technology. You will be encouraged to be inventive and creative during the course where you will develop the intellectual and practical skills required to undertake a project from specification to a successful conclusion. The project takes place over the academic year. During this time you will be required to produce an interim report, a logbook of your progress, and final report.