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Unit information: Composites Manufacturing Study Tour in 2015/16

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Unit name Composites Manufacturing Study Tour
Unit code AENGM0020
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Partridge
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit forms part of the taught component of the EngD programme in Composites Manufacture. A tour of at least three different composites manufacturing companies will demonstrate the range of technical and business approaches utilised in the industry sector. The unit will be assessed by a written, critically constructive evaluation of the advantages and limitations of individual practices, both from technical and business aspects.

The aims of this unit are to:

  1. Provide the Research Engineers with the opportunity to observe the technical and business practices of a representative range of polymer composites companies
  2. Illustrate the application of competitive strategies across a range of different composites manufacturing environments

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

Demonstrate their appreciation of the application of competitive strategies across a range of different composites manufacturing environments.

The learning outcomes align to A1, B1, B2 and D1 of the UK-SPEC

Teaching Information

Fieldwork in the form of guided and commented visits to 3 companies, covering different sectors of the composites manufacturing industry

Assessment Information

Written assignment (85%)

20 minute assessed presentation (15%)1

Note 1: The marks awarded for the 20 minute presentation (15 minute presentation and 5 minutes for technical questions) will be equally distributed between academic and peer review assessment. This method of assessment was designed with the size of the cohort in mind (10 students) and provides them with an excellent opportunity to develop and build on their transferable skills.

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