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Unit information: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering (10cp) in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering (10cp)
Unit code MENGM0060
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Robert Hughes
Open unit status Not open

The topics in the unit will assume knowledge of Mechanical Engineering subjects including Thermodynamics, Fluids, Solid Mechanics, Dynamics and Control and Design and Manufacture at level 6.



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is dedicated to the study of advanced topics in Mechanical Engineering, with the aim of equipping students with state-of-the-art knowledge, aligned with research topics in various fields relevant to mechanical engineers.

Specifically, students will study advanced topics selected from a predefined list, spanning several aspects of Mechanical Engineering. The advanced topics that the students take are followed by training on Research Skills.

Through this unit, students will develop a portfolio of core skills to underpin a successful research career.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

1. Investigate the state-of-the-art in Mechanical Engineering and evaluate the core concepts from different scientific fields to describe applications in an engineering context.
2. Appraise sources and tools for conducting research in Mechanical Engineering.
3. Present research findings based on evaluation of pertinent data and application of engineering analysis in solving problems, in a clear, accessible, and coherent manner.

Teaching Information

The unit will be delivered via a blend of asynchronous materials and synchronous sessions. Materials including videos and narrated lectures which will be made available to students online.

Assessment Information

The single summative assessment will consist of a piece of coursework.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. MENGM0060).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.