Honours Bachelor Degree
Programme Code: TA_EAUTO_B
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, Part Time
No. of Semesters:8
NFQ Level:8
Embedded Award:No
Programme Credits:60
Language of Instruction:English
Department:Mechanical Engineering
CAO Code:
  1. TA225

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Has knowledge and understanding of a range of mathematical methods and the underlying theory, relevant to mechanical engineering.
 (b)Has comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of appropriate scientific knowledge and the extent of their applicability to mechanical engineering problems.
 (c)Has knowledge and understanding of the role of ICT and its application to mechanical engineering.
 (d)Has sufficient knowledge and understanding of ICT to adopt it to solve complex engineering problems.
 (e)Has knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of the design process and methodologies  relevant to complex engineering problems in mechanical engineering.
 (f)Has knowledge of management and business in the context of complex industrial practices and in the context of technological innovations and change.
 (g)Understands the different operational and managerial structures in companies and the context of employment legislation, trade unions and public and private bodies.
 (h)Has knowledge of current engineering practice at project and management levels.
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Understands and appreciates the advantages, limitations, inherent assumptions and the range of applicability of specific mathematical formulae and techniques and mathematical solutions to engineering problems.
 (b)Understands the advantages, limitations, inherent assumptions and the range of applicability of specific scientific principles, together with their potential for development.
 (c)Is sufficiently aware of the concepts behind and the capabilities of ICT as they apply in mechanical engineering.
 (d)Understands the fundamental concepts and the advantages and limitations of the core technologies relevant to mechanical engineering.
 (e)Has knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering topics and related areas of  management sufficient to prepare project specifications and to overcome impediments to good  design solutions to complex engineering problems.
 (f)Understands the role of the graduate engineer in industry and business.
 (g)Has sufficient knowledge of human resources management necessary to function at the engineering graduate level.
 (h)Has knowledge of intellectual property issues.
 (i)Understands the importance of the engineer’s role in society and the need for the highest ethical standards of practice.
 (j)Understands the role of the technician, engineering technologist and a graduate engineer in engineering practice.
 (k)Has knowledge of management structures and techniques necessary to function at the engineering graduate level.
 (l)Appreciates the importance of quality in engineering.
 (m)Understands the importance of the engineer’s role in society and the need for the highest ethical and  professional standards of practice.
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)Can select and apply appropriate mathematical techniques to solve complex engineering problems in the particular subfield and present the solution in an appropriate form.
 (b)Can derive mathematical formulae fundamental to the discipline.
 (c)Can generate/extrapolate new data sets from a given data set.
 (d)Can select and manipulate appropriate mathematical methods from a standard range to solve a particular problem.
 (e)Can apply and specify scientific principles to solving unfamiliar and complex mechanical engineering problems.
 (f)Can select and derive scientific solutions to model complex engineering problems, having regard for their limitations, inherent assumptions and range of applicability.
 (g)Can analyse multi-variate and multi-parameter problems.
 (h)Can select and use an appropriate information and communications technology to meet a stated need. Can specify ICT appropriate for complex engineering projects.
 (i)Has an ability to specify the technical performance requirements and develop tools to solve engineering problems.
 (j)Can manage and apply the design process in complex engineering situations.
 (k)Can identify, classify and describe complex engineering systems.
 (l)Can take into consideration environmental issues when developing a design.
 (m)Can analyse and present the ethical issues associated with a particular situation related to mechanical engineering.
 (n)Can incorporate business considerations into design solutions. Can perform a management role in an engineering context.
 (o)Can define a project and manage a planned implementation of a design, utilising the resources necessary, within a realistic time scale.
 (p)Can analyse problems and make observations on performance and communicate recommendations to other technical and non-technical personnel.
 (q)Can undertake appropriate research in order to develop engineering solutions, or to advance the state of knowledge.
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)Can manipulate given data in alternative forms to create a deeper understanding and to develop realistic models of the behaviour of complex engineering situations.
 (b)For complex engineering problems the graduate should be able to: 1. select and use appropriate scientific principles to produce solutions to non routine engineering problems; 2. estimate errors/accuracy of measurement; 3. design experiments, collect data, identify trends, and present the data in graphical, tabular, or text format; 4. identify problems and causes thereof and propose appropriate solutions; 5. select and conduct appropriate experimental procedures from a standard range in order to generate appropriate data.
 (c)Can design, select, modify, manage and use an appropriate technology to solve complex engineering problems.
 (d)Can develop models of engineering systems using industry-standard software tools.
 (e)Has the ability to develop a new solution from an initial idea.
 (f)Can contribute to the design and development of solutions to complex engineering problems.
 (g)Can specify and manage the generation of a range of design solutions and contribute to their analysis, selection and implementation for complex engineering problems.
 (h)Can prepare project specifications and overcome impediments to good design solutions.
 (i)Can estimate technical risks.
 (j)Can evaluate commercial risks.
 (k)Can apply appropriate management techniques in the execution of engineering projects.
 (l)Can conduct financial analysis and feasibility studies of engineering projects, including making proposals for alternative solutions.
 (m)Can develop manage and promote safe systems and working practices.
 (n)Can apply fundamental principles to real engineering problems.
 (o)Can maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach to the application of technology in engineering practice.
 (p)Can apply engineering principles and materials in unfamiliar situations.
 (q)Can prepare and present project reports, which include data collections, analysis and critical discussion of the outcome.
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)In the context of complex engineering situations can: 1. implement a design solution within a specified time frame, taking account of safety, ethical, environmental and risk assessment issues; 2. manage the planning and budgeting of tasks and resources; and manage continuous quality improvement, including development and training of personnel; 3. recognise the need for research in order to develop new engineering solutions, or advance the state of knowledge; 4. present project reports which include data collections, analysis and critical discussion of the outcome.
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)In the context of complex engineering situations can: 1. manage teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs, taking cognisance of ethical responsibilities; 2. behave professionally and is aware of the responsibilities associated with working in and contributing to a multi-disciplinary team.
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)Can identify gaps in personal knowledge, understanding and skills and identify appropriate means to gain these attributes.
 (b)Can initiate and formulate independent research into gaps/ deficits in knowledge and understanding.
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)Can form a view and contribute to the development of the role of engineers in society.
 (b)Can appreciate the limitations of ones own knowledge, skills and competence.

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
CSKD H1000 Critical Skills Development
ELCR H1002 Electrical Circuits
ENGR H1006 Engineering Graphics
MAPR H1006 Materials & Processes1
MATH H1018 Mathematics 1
PHSC H1002 Physical Science

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
ELEG H1002 Electrical Engineering 1
MAPR H1003 Materials and Processes 2
MATH H1019 Mathematics 2
MESY H1002 Measurement Systems
MECH H1004 Mechanics 1
SMOD H1000 Solid Modelling 1

Stage 2 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
AUTO H2003 Automation
FLUI H2003 Fluid Mechanics 1
STAT H2003 Mathematics 3
MECH H2006 Mechanics 2
QMAN H2002 Quality & Manufacturing Systems
SMOD H2000 Solid Modelling 2

Stage 2 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
ELNT H2002 Electrical Systems & Networks
GREN H2002 Group Project & Environment Tech
INFO H2009 Information Technology
MATH H2005 Mathematics 4
MECH H2007 Mechanics 3
THER H2001 Thermodynamics 1

Stage 3 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
AUTO H3007 Automation Systems
DESI H3002 Design
MATH H3010 Mathematics 5
MECH H3003 Mechanics 4
THRD H3002 Thermodynamics 2

Stage 3 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
FLUI H3002 Fluid Mechanics 2
INST H3002 Instrumentation & Control Syst
MNDE H3002 Management & Pro Development
MATH H3006 Mathematics 6
MECH H3007 Mechanics & Materials
PROJ H3015 Project, 3D CAD & Communications

Stage 4 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
SYST H4000 Dynamic Systems Modelling
ECAU H4001 Embedded Control and Automation
INAU H4001 Industrial Automation
STAT H4002 Industrial Statistics & Quality
MATH H4000 Mathematical Methods
MEAS H4001 Measurement and Interfacing for Control

Stage 4 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
CONT H4003 Control
MNGT H4000 Management & Environment
MANU H4000 Manufacturing Systems and Innovative Technologies
GRPJ H4001 Project - Group
PROJ H4021 Project - Individual
ROPR H4001 Robot Programming and Vision

Stage 4 Award : Honours Bachelor Degree