Engineering FdSc

Full-time undergraduate (2 years)

University Centre Harlow

September 2017

code: H100

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On this two-year foundation degree course you’ll gain a sound working knowledge of engineering concepts, methods, equipment and techniques, making you highly employable in the industry.

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Graduating from this course will take you a good way towards incorporated engineer status, which is awarded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Our graduates go on to successful engineering careers in fields such as design and development, testing, quality assurance, production and assembly, as well as technical sales and marketing.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • IT, Communications and Research Skills
    This module is designed to develop fundamental skills required by Civil Engineering professionals in these major areas - CAD, Information & Communication Technology and Research. The use of commercial software packages allows you both to develop your own and to gain an appreciation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for research, information management and presentation purposes. It encourages you to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for your university coursework requirements and in a commercial environment. You'll be introduced to workstation based 2D drafting techniques using a powerful set of tools. You'll also be introduced to the use of Autodesk's AutoCAD software series which is currently in the forefront of commercially available drafting software. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. You'll undertake two pieces of coursework, one is a reflective report which introduces research skills learnt in the module, the other is a CAD drawing.
  • Applied Software
    This module will give you industry-standard skills that you can apply to real world projects in the workplace. We’ll introduce software development for real time and non-real time applications, and the hardware required to run it. You’ll learn the basic constructs of a high level language (such as "C" or Visual Basic) and its syntax and we’ll study techniques to design, develop and test software. You’ll write simple programs, showing your ability to be creative and original.
  • Introduction to Engineering Materials
    We'll introduce you to the structure and properties of a range of engineering materials. This includes a review of typical load extension curves and their interpretation and you'll carry out tensile tests on engineering materials to support and extend the classroom teaching. You'll be introduced to the atomic structure of metals and non metals as a lead into an understanding of the factors that influence the physical properties of materials. Alloying of metals will be explored via equilibrium diagrams and structure will be determined from given information. You'll develop your skills in gathering and interpreting scientific information via a series of laboratory experiments. This will involve the use of metallurgical inspection equipment as well as common testing equipment. Our module is supported by a well equipped metallurgical laboratory serviced by technical staff.
  • Mathematics for Engineering 1
    You'll gain a solid background in mathematical techniques and analysis in order to pursue a degree course in technology or engineering studies. The module will help you to assess your existing mathematical skills and develop the core mathematical skills, knowledge and techniques needed in order that elementary scientific and engineering problems may be solved. Matrices and determinants, and their use in solving simultaneous equations are introduced. Problems involving elementary probability theory are solved. In the complex plane, de Moivre's theorem is introduced and used to find powers and roots. The techniques of calculus - differentiation and integration - and their applications are introduced. Numerical integration is explored.
  • Mechatronics
    You'll be introduced to the analysis and design fundamentals of basic electronic systems in mechanical and electrical engineering. You'll review circuit fundamentals that are related to basic building blocks for analogue/digital circuit design and mechanical science. Analogue devices comprising various forms of diode, transistor and integrated circuits is introduced and their equivalent circuit models is explained for circuit design. Number systems and Digital Devices such as logic and memory elements is established and various techniques explained for design simplification. Mechanical and electrical actuation systems are introduced which discuss various forms of mechanisms. Peripheral Interface Controllers are also established. The principles of operation of all circuit elements are covered by lecture, tutorial and computer simulation.

Year two, core modules

  • Statistics and Process Quality Assurance
    Gain the knowledge and confidence to use statistical techniques in industrial applications for process control and problem solving. You’ll focus on quality management systems and standards as well as quality improvement techniques, including Pareto, cause effect diagrams, Shewhart cycles. You’ll consider constructs and interprets statistical process control (SPC) charts and learn how to selects the appropriate chart for a given application. Finally, you’ll build confidence in probability and statistics and improve your skills in sampling, graphical representation of data, binomial and Poison and normal distributions, measures of location and spread and expected values. Overall, you’ll get an appreciation of the wider aspects of quality management that are vital to the survival of all organisations.
  • Mathematics for Engineers 2
    You'll be introduced to the techniques that lie behind the solution of engineering problems. The methods tend to be hidden within software, you'll gain an insight into the techniques, their application and their limitations so that you can make informed judgements on reliability of software solutions. Calculus is extended to partial differentiation and its applications and Laplace transforms and matrices are considered in depth. A statistics section is also included applied to the numerous areas of civil engineering which use these techniques. You'll be prepared to undertake appropriate analysis in areas such as hydraulics, geotechnics, structural analysis and design.
  • Engineering Principles
    You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of engineering principles, applied mechanics and electrical technology. You’ll be provided with a sound theoretical basis for the analysis and synthesis of mechanical and electrical systems. Our module will review mechanical and electrical circuit fundamentals, comprising static/dynamic systems and electrical engineering laws/theorems. You’ll be introduced to basic static systems such as moments of force, simple structural analysis and friction problems. Dynamics relating to Newton's laws of motion are also discussed and applied. Kirchoff's current and voltage laws will be developed intuitively and verified experimentally. You’ll be introduced to Thevenin's and Norton's theorems together with the concepts of maximum power transfer. Computer based packages are integrated into our course. AC circuit theory will be developed initially in terms of phasor diagrams and then extended using complex number notation. You’ll carry out your assignments from a defined specification and are required to submit an individual report based on your findings. Assessment is by coursework and exam.
  • Applied Mechanics
    This module will give you a fundamental understanding of applied mechanics, focusing on its application. We’ll study the static and dynamic of particles and rigid bodies under the influence of forces. Worked examples will enable you to become familiar with, and to grasp important concepts and principles, including pin-jointed frames and beams with various support systems, frictional motion on dry plain and inclined surfaces, and concept of shear force and bending moment diagram.
  • Materials and Processes
    You'll develop on the learning outcomes covered in our Introduction to Engineering Materials module and review the use of equilibrium diagrams as an aid in predicting the structures of binary alloys under equilibrium cooling conditions. The module includes the atomic structure of engineering materials in predicting their behaviour in terms of physical and mechanical properties. Equilibrium and non equilibrium structure of metals will be investigated in the laboratory in order to predict long term behaviour. The use of metals and non metals under repeated loading cycles, the fracture toughness and creep resistance is explored in order to design components able to withstand a variety of service requirements. The economics of manufacture will cover the most optimum method of manufacturing with engineering materials and the effect of the processing on its structure. You'll conduct laboratory experiments where you'll be using a variety of test equipment and will be expected to complete full technical reports as part of your assessment. A technical visit will also form part of the module in order to witness industrial design processes and testing procedures.


We'll assess you using a mix of coursework and essays, work-based and activity-based assignments, and exams.

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Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

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University Centre Harlow

University Centre Harlow (UCH) is a bright, modern campus with a range of top-class facilities.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


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