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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MECH5765M Vehicle Systems Engineering

15 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Bilal Kaddouh

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

3 years of undergraduate modules from Mechanical or another Engineering discipline

Module replaces

MECH 5760M Vehicle and Product Systems Design

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module aims to provide a solid understanding of the development and understanding of aerospace and aircraft and other vehicle or product systems and their design.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, students will have learnt how to:
1. Organise information to facilitate system integration using systems engineering approach
2. Identify aerospace subsystems for a given mission
3. Integrate aerospace subsystems using model based engineering approach
4. Perform optimal design to maximise performance of aerospace system

Upon successful completion of this module the following UK-SPEC learning outcome descriptors are satisfied:

A comprehensive understanding of the relevant scientific principles of the specialisation (SM1m, SM7M)
A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computational models relevant to the engineering discipline, and an appreciation of their limitations (SM5m)
A critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights most of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the specialisation (SM8M)
Understanding of concepts relevant to the discipline, some from outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively, including in engineering projects (SM9M)
Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to undertake critical analysis of key engineering processes (EA1m)
Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques (EA2)
Ability both to apply appropriate engineering analysis methods for solving complex problems in engineering and to assess their limitations (EA3m, EA6M)
Understanding of, and the ability to apply, an integrated or systems approach to solving complex engineering problems (EA4m)
Ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies (EA5m)
Ability to extract and evaluate pertinent data and to apply engineering analysis techniques in the solution of unfamiliar problems (EA6m)
Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations (D10M)
Awareness that engineers need to take account of the commercial and social contexts in which they operate (EL9M)
Awareness that engineering activities should promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate (EL11M)
Awareness of relevant regulatory requirements governing engineering activities in the context of the particular specialisation (EL12M)
Advanced level knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components (P12M)
Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources (P4)
Understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards (P6)
A thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments (P9m)
Ability to apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints (P10m)
Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities (G1)

Skills outcomes
In addition to providing a subject-specific knowledge the module develops analytical and problem solving skills


1. Systems design and development including: Performance analysis, Risk analysis and management and Lifecycle value
2. Hydraulic systems
3. Pneumatic systems
4. Electrical systems
5. Avionics systems, Flight control systems and navigation systems
6. Fuel and engine systems
7. Emergency systems
8. Environmental systems
9. Systems integration

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment22.004.00
Private study hours113.00
Total Contact hours37.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are to spend on average 1 hour preparation/revision for each lecture (31 hours - total), approximately 45 hours of work for the one piece of coursework, 37 hours for the exam preparation and 2 hours to do the exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Throughout the course there will be number of tutorial classes within the lectures, together with one piece of coursework to guarantee appropriate feedback before the end of course. Informative feedback will be provided for all work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentIndividual piece of coursework where student answers a number of questions either related to design, calculations etc30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

1) Coursework marks carried forward and 70% resit exam. 2) 100% exam

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 31/10/2022


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