Foundation Pathway in Engineering
As the challenges within the engineering industry change and develop, the need for specialist engineers has grown considerably. Studying at the University of Northampton will provide you with the skills and knowledge to tackle these challenges and forge a successful career as an engineer in your chosen field.
Engagement with industry is a key feature of these courses and the University benefits from longstanding links that provide you with the opportunity for paid work placements and the forging of contacts that will prove invaluable in the world of work.
Additionally, General Engineering at the University of Northampton is ranked number five in the UK by the Guardian (2016).
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Stage 1: Two semesters
Stage 1: September, January
Stage 1: University Foundation
Modules - Please click on each module for more information
Topics in this module include Number Techniques, Compound Measures, Inequalities, Sequences, Simultaneous Equation, Quadratic Equations, Vectors.
Assessment by 2 exams:
Exam 1 - Non calculator section and Calculator section. Worth 30% of total marks. Takes place mid semester.
Exam 2 - Calculator throughout. Worth 70% of total marks.
Student need to pass both exams to proceed.
Topics include Number Techniques, Compound Measures, Inequalities, Sequences, Simultaneous Equation, Quadratic Equations, Vectors
This module will prepare students to:
- Develop their skills in order to understand any product line in industry and research line in academia.
- Make necessary engineering calculations to support product selections or provide essential recommendations.
- Identify the requirements of any engineering problem and can make the relevant assumptions to solve it.
Effective and comprehensive teaching methods such as video lessons and group discussions will help students express their high level of thinking during the module lessons. You will be taught to use relevant computer tools to analyse and organize data by using various of facilities available at UNIC.
This module has been designed to improve students computer and ICT skills ensuring they feel confident with programming, HTML and computer systems. Students have access to the UNIC Learning and Technology suite and can also use the UoN computer rooms, which are open 24 hours.
Students will have to produce a piece of coursework and also take two exams at the end of the semester.
Numerical Techniques 2
Topics in this module will include Cartesian Co-ordinates, Logarithms, Surds, Quadratic Equations, Simultaneous Equations involving Indices, Differentiation, and Integration.
Assessment by 2 exams
Exam 1 - worth 30% total marks
Exam 2 - worth 70% total marks
Students need to pass both exams to proceed
The Physics 2 module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of physics. Students will be taught to be able to recall some of the basic laws in physics and increase their practical skills. At the end of the module the student should become familiar with teamwork and problem driven learning and will be familiar with research methods. Topics include classical physics and atomic physics, energy, mass, periodic motion and electric charge and force. At the end of the semester students will be able to make necessary engineering calculations to support product selections or provide essential recommendations. They will be able to identify the requirements of any engineering problem and make the relevant assumptions to solve it.
Problem Solving, Creative and Analytical Techniques
The is a very interesting module which is designed to develop in students the ability to problem solve, think critically, creatively and innovatively about Science, Technology and Engineering using analytical techniques.
This module focuses on students’ ability to devise effective solutions to real-world problems. You will learn how to solve complex problems effectively in real time using unique and carefully designed solutions.
The lessons are filled with exciting activities; we question every theory, idea or argument. We avoid taking anything as given, we pick apart what we learn and think deeply about them’.
Assessments for this module include group presentations and an individual report writing on the group project.
Programming Techniques has been designed to provide students with the basic understanding and foundations needed to understand how programming works. Students will explore software components, source code and analyse different programming languages.
Students will be assessed on creating their own website for UNIC students and will also sit an exam.
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
Spread across two semesters, ILSC prepares students for the assignments that they must successfully complete in the second and third years of their degree course. This includes creating a successful academic essay, examination techniques, academic referencing, delivering individual and group presentations, developing note taking and reading skills and using reflection to improve your academic performance. Assessments are largely practical, with one essay and a final examination.
Engineering degree pathways
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