HNC/HND Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)

This programme enables you to gain the industry recognised higher technician qualification for a successful career in the electronics and communications sectors. The programme is suitable for those who have an interest in advanced electronics engineering or manufacturing and those requiring the industry recognised higher technician qualification.

Electronics and telecommunications underpin every aspect of contemporary life, in health, leisure, industry and education. These sectors need an expanding, skilled workforce. By the end of the course, students will have a good understanding of modern electronic systems, along with the use of microprocessors and computers in the electronic industry.

For those who have appropriate experience of working within this sector the programme is offered as part-time study over three years.

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A programme designed to provide you with a good understanding of modern electronic systems and the use of microprocessors and computers in the electronic industry.

The course, comprising eight modules (HNC) and a further seven modules (HND), covers the fundamental electronic engineering concepts and skills required of a higher technician, as well as providing a sound basis for further study at degree level. As with all engineering day release programmes, individual modules may be studied separately to update knowledge.

For those who have appropriate experience of working within the engineering sector the course is also offered as part of a Higher Apprenticeship or a L6 Degree Apprenticeship programme.

The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activity, guided assignment work and examinations. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and students should expect the delivery to reflect this combined with associated mathematical concepts.

Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester. A total of 120 level 4 credits comprise the HNC and a further 120 credits at level 5 comprise the HND. Overall grades for the course and HNC and HND classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 4 and 5, in accordance with Pearson rules and regulations for assessment.

Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

HNC Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) Modules HND Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) Modules

Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma or 2 A Levels in relevant subjects, or level 3 qualifications in maths and science or equivalent. Industrial experience may also be considered.

*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2021.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements for International Students:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

Our graduates either begin an exciting career in the workplace within this high-tech industry or/and continue to the HND Diploma in Electronic Engineering or other professional development degree level programmes, either full or part-time. Graduates of the part-time HNC/D programme typically use this qualification to increase promotional career opportunities within their sector. This course should enable a technician to carry out responsible duties consistent with higher technician status.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.

When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

ApplyPart-Time
HNC Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) - Part-time
LevelLevel 4
LocationColchester
Duration18 months (3 semesters) – HNC’s start in September and then run until the February of the following academic year
Course CodeZU5HCEEP01
Academic Year2022-2023
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2022
Fee(s)2021-22: £6,165 for the 3 semesters of study
Awarding/Validation BodyPearson
HND Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) - Part-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration18 months (3 semesters) – HND’s start in February and then run until the end of the following academic year
Course CodeZU5HDEEP01
Academic Year2021-2022
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateFebruary 2022
Fee(s)2021-22: £6,165 for the 3 semesters of study
Awarding/Validation BodyPearson
HNC Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) Modules

Module Code and Title:

K/615/1475 – Unit 1: Engineering Design (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the methodical steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes; from a design brief to the work, and the stages involved in identifying and justifying a solution to a given engineering need.

What do I learn?
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to prepare an engineering design specification that satisfies stakeholders’ requirements, implement best practice when analysing and evaluating possible design solutions, prepare a written technical design report, and present their finalised design to a customer or audience.

What’s the assignment?
There are three parts to submit. One is to prepare an engineering design specification to a client’s brief, the second is to produce a report detailing designs and calculations and the third is a presentation to an invited audience.

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M/615/1476 – Unit 2: Engineering Maths (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the engineering curriculum.

What do I learn?
Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within an engineering context.

What’s the assignment?
There will be four assignments, each relating to an aspect of engineering mathematics

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T/615/1477 – Unit 3: Engineering Science (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This unit introduces students to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

What do I learn?
Among the topics included in this unit are: international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and A.C./D.C. circuit theories.

What’s the assignment?
There will be four assignments, each based on an element of the engineering science unit content, including mechanical engineering systems, characteristics and properties of engineering materials and applications of electromagnetic principles and properties.

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A/615/1478 – Unit 4: Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This unit introduces students to the techniques and best practices required to successfully create and manage an engineering project designed to identify a solution to an engineering need. While carrying out this project, students will consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.

What do I learn?
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to conceive, plan, develop and execute a successful engineering project, and produce and present a project report outlining and reflecting on the outcomes of each of the project processes and stages.

What’s the assignment?
This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of professional engineering. Students will undertake this project individually.

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M/615/1493 – Unit 19 Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The physical principles themselves build initially from our understanding of the atom, the concept of electrical charge, electric fields, and the behaviour of the electron in different types of material. Another set of principles is built around semiconductor devices, which become the basis of modern electronics. The final section of the unit introduces the fundamentals of analogue and digital applications

What do I learn?
On successful completion of this unit students will have a good and wide-ranging grasp of the underlying principles of electrical and electronic circuits and devices.

What’s the assignment?
There will be three assessments to complete, each of which will determine your understanding of electrical and electronic principles.

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K/615/1489 – Unit 15: Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The aim of this unit is for students to investigate how Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and industrial robots can be programmed to successfully implement automated engineering solutions.

What do I learn?
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to program PLCs and robotic manipulators to achieve a set task, describe the types and uses of PLCs and robots available, write simple PLC programs, and program industrial robots with straightforward commands and safety factors.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete, based on the design and operational characteristics of a PLC system and the design and safe operation of a robot within an industrial application.

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J/615/1497 – Unit 23 Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This unit introduces students to all the stages of the CAD/CAM process and to the process of modelling components using CAD software specifically suitable for transferring to CAM software.

What do I learn?
Among the topics included in this unit are: programming methods, component set-up, tooling, solid modelling, geometry manipulation, component drawing, importing solid model, manufacturing simulation, data transfer, CNC machine types and inspections.

What’s the assignment?
There will be three assignments to complete; produce 3D solid models of a component suitable for transfer into a CAM system; use CAM software to generate manufacturing simulations of a component; and design a dimensionally accurate component on a CNC machine using a CAD/CAM system.

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T/615/1494 – Unit 20: Digital Principles (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The unit introduces the two main branches of digital electronics, combinational and sequential. Thus, the student gains familiarity in the fundamental elements of digital circuits, notably different types of logic gates and bistables.

What do I learn?
Key digital technologies are introduced, including the conventional TTL (Transistor-Transistor Logic) and CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor), programmable logic, including the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and some standard digital subsystems. On successful completion of this unit students will have a good grasp of the principles of digital electronic circuits, and will be able to proceed with confidence to further study.

What’s the assignment?
There will be three assignments. The first assignment will be concerned with the explanation and analysis of simple combinational logic systems and circuits. The second will investigate the evaluation of the technologies used to implement digital electronic circuits and the final assignment will involve the application of laboratory equipment to configure and test simple digital circuits. 

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HND Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) Modules

RQF HND in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)

Year One (Level 5)

Module Code and Title:

J/615/1502 – Unit 34: Research Project (30 Credits)

What’s it about?
This unit introduces students to the skills necessary to deliver a complex, independently conducted research project that fits within an engineering context.

What do I learn?
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to deliver a complex and independent research project in line with the original objectives, explain the critical thinking skills associated with solving engineering problems, consider multiple perspectives in reaching a balanced and justifiable conclusion, and communicate effectively a research project’s outcome.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. One will be a presentation where you present your research findings to an invited audience. The second assignment will consist of the written report of your research including a literature review, an investigation into research methods and a critical evaluation. 

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L/615/1503 – Unit 35: Professional Engineering Management (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The aim of this unit is to continue building up on the knowledge gained in Unit 4: Managing a Professional Engineering Project, to provide students with the professional standards for engineers and to guide them on how to develop the range of employability skills needed by professional engineers.

What do I learn?
Among the topics included in this unit are: engineering strategy and services delivery planning, the role of sustainability, Total Quality Management (TQM), engineering management tools, managing people and becoming a professional engineer.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. The first will be a report on a process or a product from your own workplace with some thoughts on improvement and refinement. The second is a presentation on your commitment to professional standards and obligations to society, the engineering profession and the environment.

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L/615/1520– Unit 52: Further Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
The emphasis in this unit will be in developing a structured approach to the analysis of AC single-phase and three-phase powered circuitry. This will help students to arrive at the solution in the most efficient way, with the greatest probability of it being correct.

What do I learn?
You will be introduced to the expanding use of computers, using specialised software to solve electrical, electronic and digital circuits. This will allow you to develop the necessary confidence and competence in the four key areas of mathematical techniques, circuit analysis, circuit simulation and laboratory practice.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assignments. The first part will involve calculations associated AC circuit analysis and three-phase theory. The second examines  computer modelling and simulation techniques to analyse and solve electrical, electronic and digital circuits. 

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M/615/1512– Unit 44: Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This unit presents a wide-ranging introduction to the field of existing and renewable energy systems. Power electronic converters are an essential component of renewable and distributed energy sources, including wind turbines, photovoltaics, marine energy systems and energy storage systems.

What do I learn?
By the end of this unit you will be able to examine the technological concepts behind providing a sustainable electrical energy supply for the future. You will also be able to describe how the fundamental technical and economic processes and drivers at play in the electrical power industry affect the selection and use of energy sources. 

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assignments. The first assessment will ask you to analyse and explore renewable energy systems  as well as discussing current energy efficient measures applicable to the construction and transportation industries. The second assessment will ask you to investigate how renewable energy systems impact with integrating with the National Grid.

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T/615/1513– Unit 45: Industrial Systems (15 Credits) 

What’s it about?

This unit presents a structured approach to the development of advanced electronic solutions in a range of industrial situations. An essential requirement here is the engineer’s ability to utilise the most appropriate technology for each application, to ensure the most efficient monitoring and control of variables such as pressure, temperature and speed.

What do I learn?

Among the topics included in this unit are techniques and applications of electrical and electronic engineering, as they apply to various branches of industry, such as component handling, controlling the speed or torque of a motor or responding to change of circumstances in a process.

What’s the assignment?

There will be two assignments. The first part is a written report into the main elements of an electronically controlled industrial system. The second involves the application of computer-based methods to design and test a measurement system. You will also apply appropriate analytical techniques to predict the performance of a system.

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H/615/1507– Unit 39: Further Mathematics (15 Credits) 

What’s it about?

The unit will prepare students to analyse and model engineering situations using mathematical techniques.

What do I learn?

Among the topics included in this unit are: number theory, complex numbers, matrix theory, linear equations, numerical integration, numerical differentiation, and graphical representations of curves for estimation within an engineering context. Finally, students will expand their knowledge of calculus to discover how to model and solve engineering problems using first and second order differential equations.

What’s the assignment?

There will be two assignments. The first involves a series of calculations related to de Moivre’s Theorem, Gaussian elimination and complex numb erfs. The second investigates differential calculus applied to engineering systems and approximate solutions to engineering problems using graphical and numerical methods. 

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Y/615/1519– Unit 51: Sustainability (15 Credits) 

What’s it about?

Engineers will be in the frontline of the battle to overcome the challenges of creating a sustainable economy, but no single discipline will have the capability to tackle the problems alone. Sustainability is a multidisciplinary challenge, and engineers of the future will have to work collaboratively with a whole range of other stakeholders.

What do I learn?

On successful completion of this unit the student with possess a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the issues and topics associated with sustainability and low carbon engineering.

What’s the assignment?

There will be two assignments. The first is a written report into the nature and scope of the technical challenges in providing sustainable development. It will also cover the importance of collaborating with other disciplines in finding appropriate solutions. The second is also a written report into alternative energy generation and how to calculate and alleviate carbon footprints.

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