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HNC Manufacturing Modules(SQA)




A typical HNC in Manufacturing Engineering program by Distance learning – Course Contents

HNC – Manufacturing Engineering – G0EY 15

Mandatory Units ( 9 credits required ):

(i) Unit Title: Mathematics for Engineering 1 {Mechanical & Manufacture} (1credit)

Unit code: DT5X 33

This Unit is designed to enable candidates to know, understand and apply algebraic techniques to manipulate expressions and solve equations commonly found in engineering. It also provides candidates with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to solve problems involving vectors.  The Unit also allows candidates the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse trigonometric functions and their graphs.

On completion of the Unit candidates should be able to:

  • Apply algebraic techniques to manipulate expressions and solve equations commonly found in engineering.
  • Solve problems using vectors in two dimensions.
  • Analyse trigonometric functions and their graphs.

(ii) Unit Title: Quality Management: An Introduction (1 credit)

Unit code: DT8Y 34

This Unit is designed to allow candidates to explain and distinguish between different Quality approaches. The Unit also provides candidates with opportunities to examine different quality control techniques and analyse quality costs. The Unit has been written with a view to providing candidates with an overview of Quality as applied in the context of the candidate’s working environment.

On completion of the Unit candidates should be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental principles of Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Explain the stages to be met in the process of achieving ISO 9001.
  • Select and apply quality improvement tools and techniques.

(iii) Unit Title: Engineering Principles (1 credit)

Unit code: DR3L 34

This Unit is to provide candidates with an opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in basic mechanical engineering principles.

On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of statics and strength of materials.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of dynamics.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of thermofluids.

(iv) Unit Title: Materials Selection (1 credit)

Unit code: DT46 34

This Unit is designed to enable candidates to develop knowledge and understanding of material properties and testing and to apply basic material selection concepts for a range of components.  The Unit also provides candidates with the opportunity to examine materials and components with the aim of establishing basic properties.

On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

  • Identify basic properties for a range of materials.
  • Outline the structure of a range of materials.
  • Select suitable materials for a range of products.

(v) Unit Title: Economics of Manufacture (1 credit)

Unit code: DT5R 34

This Unit is designed to provide candidates with opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of the different categories of costs that operate in a manufacturing organisation.  Candidates will also be involved in calculating these costs and in applying breakeven analysis within a manufacturing costing context.  Candidates will also have an opportunity to evaluate the viability of a project using the financial appraisal techniques developed in the Unit.

This Unit has been developed for candidates working towards being Manufacturing Technicians and Incorporated Engineers plus others who have an interest in the economics of manufacturing in organisations.

On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

  • Identify categories of costs within a manufacturing organisation.
  •  Calculate costs from given data.
  •  Apply the principles of breakeven analysis.
  • Evaluate project viability using financial appraisal techniques.

(vi) Unit Title: Process and Equipment Selection (2 credits)

Unit code: DT62 34

This Unit is designed to enable candidates to enhance their knowledge and skills as manufacturing planners by relating a number of manufacturing Units, selection processes and methods for specified products.

On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

  • Review and categorise manufacturing/process equipment.
  •  Plan the sequence of manufacturing operations and determine estimate times.
  •  Record,  analyse and determine set up times.
  •  Prepare a justification for new/different equipment/processes.

(viii) Unit Title: Engineering Drawing (1 credit)

Unit code: DR1W 34

This Unit is designed to enable candidates to gain knowledge of current standards relating to the reading and production of engineering drawings and to apply draughting principles and communication techniques to component and assembly drawings to enable the manufacture of an engineering product.  The examples used can be based on the candidate’s chosen area of engineering discipline.

On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

  • Interpret engineering drawings and modifications.
  • Create two-dimensional engineering drawings from which manufacture and/or      assembly will be possible.
  • Prepare a parts list and add instructions for manufacture and/or assembly.

(viiii) Unit Title: Communication: Practical Skills (1 credit)

Unit code: D77G 34

This Unit is about applying practical communication skills to complex issues in a vocational context.

On completion of the Unit candidates should be able to:

  • Respond to written information on a complex vocational issue
  • Produce written information in a prescribed format on a complex vocational issue
  • Contribute to a formal group discussion on a complex vocational issue

Optional Units (2.0 credits required):

(x) Unit Title: Fundamentals of Control Systems and Transducers (1 credit)

Unit code: DN3Y 34

This Unit is designed to provide candidates with a fundamental knowledge of control systems and their components. It allows candidates to study the structure and general behaviour of different types of control systems including open and closed loop types. This Unit also enables candidates to develop the knowledge and skills to allow them to understand the operation and application of a range of transducer devices. Candidates are provided with the opportunity to construct circuits and systems that incorporate transducers. This Unit acts as a good foundation Unit for more in depth studies in the specialist area of control systems behaviour.

On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

  • Explain control system elements and signals.
  • Explain the operation and application of a range of transducers used in control systems.
  • Describe the structure and behaviour of control systems.
  • Demonstrate the application of transducers in control systems.

(xi) Unit Title: Mathematics for Engineering 2 (1 credit)

Unit code: DG4L 34

This Unit is designed to give candidates knowledge and understanding and an ability to apply differential and integral calculus to Engineering problems.

On completion of this Unit the candidate should be able to:

  • Carry out the differentiation and integration of standard functions.
  • Apply differentiation and integration techniques to Engineering problems.

* Other subjects to follow

Graded Unit (1.0 credit)

(xii) Unit Title: Manufacturing Engineering Graded Unit (1 credit)

Unit code: DV13 34

This Graded Unit is designed to provide evidence that the candidate has achieved the following principal aims of the HNC Manufacturing Engineering.

  • develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of core principles and      technologies by undertaking Units in engineering drawing, quality systems,      engineering principles, materials selection, economics of manufacture,      process and equipment selection and engineering measurement
  • develop candidates’ ability to apply analysis and synthesis skills to the solution      of manufacturing engineering problems
  • develop learning and transferable skills (including Core Skills)

Recommended Prior Knowledge and Skills: It is recommended that the candidate should have completed, or be in the process of completing, the following Units relating to these specific aims prior to undertaking this Graded Unit:

  • Engineering  Drawing
  • Quality Management: An Introduction
  • Engineering Principles
  • Materials Selection
  • Economics of Manufacture
  • Process and Equipment Selection

It will consist of a written examination of three hours duration.

Note:

It should also be said that each of these HN modules are stand alone courses and are all achievements in their own merit.  They are also often used for CPD (continuous professional development) to assist career progression.

If a student fails an end of unit test there is the opportunity for a resit at a later date.  If a student falls short of a PASS by a few marks.  The supportive exercises are then used as further evidence of the students work and the A-1 tutor can award a PASS in this instance based on academic judgement.



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