Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved
College College Eng and Physical Sci
School School of Engineering
Department Elec, Elec & Sys Engineering
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Sci. Electrical and Railway Engineering with an Industrial Year Full-time
Programme Code 396C
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 5 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The aim of this programme is to produce Electrical Engineers who are equipped to work effectively in a professional and managerial capacity, for example in design, construction or research and development, with specific application to the railway sector. MSci Electrical and Railway Engineering graduates will have a systematic knowledge and understanding of the most critical aspects of Electrical Engineering, including developments and problems at the forefront of the discipline. They will be able to evaluate current research critically, and be original in the application of their knowledge, proposing new hypotheses as appropriate. Graduates will also have an integrated and critically aware understanding of management and organisations. They will have studied the management of electrical and railway systems and the changing external context in which they operate, and be able to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice. Typical MSci Electrical and Railway Engineering graduates will be able to deal with complex issues, making sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and will be able to communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. They will be self-motivating and able to act autonomously, and will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations, and to have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development. The high level of numeracy and the electronic, electrical and control focused knowledge of MSci Electrical and Railway Engineering graduates, and their skills in problem solving, team working, and communication and information technology, equip them to begin successful careers within the rail sector and in other sectors of the economy, whilst contributing to society at large.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the important principles underpinning Electrical Engineering and Railway Engineering.
A significant knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computational methods and their use for modelling, analysis and design in Engineering and in railway situations.
An extensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles, theories and current practice of Electrical and Railway Engineering, and their limitations, including a critical awareness of current issues and future prospects at the forefront of the discipline.
A wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the design process and design methodologies.
A good understanding of concepts from other Engineering disciplines.
Some knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and uses of commonly occurring engineering principles and applications.
Demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate, and how they are managed.
A knowledge of ethical and social issues related to engineering, and of professional responsibilities.
Integrate knowledge of mathematics, science, information technology, design, the business context and engineering practice to solve a substantial range of Electrical and Railway Engineering problems, some of a complex nature
Model and analyse complex systems, processes and products using appropriate scientific principles, mathematical methods and computer based engineering tools, recognising the limitations of such analysis
Model and analyse complex systems, processes and products using appropriate scientific principles, mathematical methods and computer based engineering tools, recognising the limitations of such analysis
Obtain and process (possibly conflicting) information from a wide range of sources
Generate an innovative design for systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs
Use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
Apply engineering and business management techniques to design and problem solving taking account of a wide range of risks and constraints
Take personal responsibility for acting in a professional and ethical manner
Selecting and using appropriate ICT, recognising the capabilities and limitations of computer based methods for engineering problem solving
The methods used for controlling day-to-day work and records within an engineering company;
The application of technical knowledge in an industrial context at an appropriate level for the student’s qualifications;
The basic financial aspects of the work of a company;
The standard of professional presentation skills required in modern industry
Lectures; Tutorials, problem classes and group work; Web-based and conventional guided learning; Laboratories; Computer-based workshops; Group design work; Independent work, site visits; industrial placement

Work in an industrial environment under the supervision of an approved Industrial Tutor.

Maintenance of a logbook and completion of training records and/or other records required by the procedures of a company.

Completion of a piece or pieces of work required by the company in the normal operation of its business such that the student develops responsibility for his/her actions.
Unseen and open book examinations; Problem solving exercises; Oral presentations; Computer-based exercises; Written reports; industrial placement report/presentation; Training records; Written report; Oral Presentation
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Selecting and using appropriate ICT, recognising the capabilities and limitations of computer based methods for engineering problem solving
Selecting and using laboratory instrumentation appropriately and effectively
Conducting laboratory experiments, adapting experimental procedures to novel situations if necessary, analysing experimental data in detail, and drawing comprehensive conclusions
Planning and executing practical or simulation tests of design solutions, and presenting a report containing critical analysis of the results and recommendations for action
Constructing a prototype
Working safely and promoting safe practice
Communicating effectively and persuasively to technical and non-technical people using a range of media, including business reports
Optimising use of resources and time
Undertaking most of the technical roles within a team, which may be multidisciplinary, and managing creative processes in self and others
Learning independently, acquiring new skills, including at the forefront of knowledge
Monitoring and adjusting a personal programme of work on an on-going basis
Sorting, manipulating and presenting data in a way that facilitates effective analysis and decision making
Selecting and using appropriate ICT, recognising the capabilities and limitations of computer based methods for engineering problem solving
Selecting and using laboratory instrumentation appropriately and effectively
Conducting laboratory experiments, adapting experimental procedures to novel situations if necessary, analysing experimental data in detail, and drawing comprehensive conclusions
Planning and executing practical or simulation tests of design solutions, and presenting a report containing critical analysis of the results and recommendations for action
Constructing a prototype
Working safely and promoting safe practice
Communicating effectively and persuasively to technical and non-technical people using a range of media, including business reports
Optimising use of resources and time
Undertaking most of the technical roles within a team, which may be multidisciplinary, and managing creative processes in self and others
Learning independently, acquiring new skills, including at the forefront of knowledge
Monitoring and adjusting a personal programme of work on an on-going basis
Sorting, manipulating and presenting data in a way that facilitates effective analysis and decision making
To keep suitably referenced records of correspondence;
To write professional reports suitable for presenting to clients;
To give professional oral presentations under pressure of time;
To maintain a professional and responsible attitude to work;
To reflect on their learning.
Lectures; Tutorials and group work; Problem classes; Web-based and conventional guided learning; Computer-based workshops; Group design work; Independent design work; Laboratories; Guided study; Research project, site visits; industrial placement

Exposure to normal work practices within an engineering company under the supervision of an approved Industrial Tutor and in day-to-day contact with junior engineers and other staff whether on site or in an office
Unseen and open book examinations; Problem solving exercises; Oral presentations; Computer-based exercises; Group design reports; Independent design reports; Individual research project; Laboratory reports; industrial placement report/presentation; Training records; Written report; Oral presentations