Cornwall College

FdSc Engineering

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORC1244 Instrumentation, Control and Automation

      This module develops an understanding of the development and integration of modern instrumentation, control and automation systems.

    • CORC1245 Engineering Applications in a Business Context

      A module designed to apply engineering concepts within a business context, in order to produce the specification and design of an engineering product, service or system.

    • FENG137 Manufacture and Materials 1

      This module provides an introduction to manufacturing and materials. it includes primary and secondary forming processes and introduces the concept of process structure property relationships in engineering materials.

    • CORC1013C Personal and Employability Skills Development

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • CORC193 Analytical Methods for Engineers 1

      This module will provide analytical mathematical knowledge concepts and techniques required by the students to enable successful use of fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, analysis, modelling and solutions to engineering problems.

    • CORC194 Engineering Science 1

      Investigates a number of major scientific principles, which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. Broadly based, it covers both mechanical and electrical principles.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORC2202 Analytical Methods for Engineers 2

      This module will build upon the analytical mathematical knowledge concepts and techniques learnt by the students in the first year of their studies. It will enhance their ability to apply the skills they have learnt in trigonometry and calculus and introduce new concepts such an numerical analysis, vector geometry, matrices and 2nd order differential equations to enable the analysis of more complex engineering problems.

    • CORC2203 Mechanical Engineering Principles

      The principles are taught in the context of applications relevant to mechanical engineering and include stress analysis, solid dynamic analysis, momentum and energy, fundamentals of thermodynamics, operational principles, uses and limitations of common energy consuming equipment.

    • CORC2223 Engineering Science 2

      This module builds on the learning from Engineering Science 1, providing further, more in-depth investigation of the scientific principles which underpin the design, development and operation of mechanical engineering systems.

    • CORC2222 Engineering Project

      This module allows students to undertake a sizable project in engineering in a planned and managed way. This individual project will be work-based, providing an opportunity for students to focus on the chosen area of specialisation.

    Optional modules
    • CORC2195 Manufacturing Systems

      This module provides leaners with an understanding of manufacturing systems methods used by world-class manufacturing companies and provides opportunity to apply those methods in order to effect change in a sustainable way.

    • CORC2196 Electrical Engineering Principles

      This module introduces passive and reactive devices, DC and AC circuit principles, elementary electric and magnetic field theory. How electrical energy is employed in applications with reference to power transformers, circuit protection, and induction motors.

    • CORC2198 Control Systems

      This module aims to provide an introduction to feedback control and the methods of relating output functionality with input data. The sensing of variables and the processing of information using modern Programmable Logic Controllers is presented.

    • CORC2199 Marine Technology

      This module introduces the student to marine propulsion systems to include a range of power generation devices, transmission systems and propulsion devices. It will also look at the fundamental design of propulsion systems and their applications within the marine industry with regard to environmental issues.

    • CORC2194 Engineering Design

      This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop principles and techniques, including CAD, learned at Level 4 to consider the design and manufacture of mechanical engineering components.

    • CORC2197 Electronics

      This module provides an introduction to the principles and applications of analogue and digital electronics and instrumentation. The module will cover discrete and integrated semiconductor devices, operational amplifier circuits, sequential and combinational digital circuits, and gives an introduction to analogue-to-digital converters, sampling theory and the selection and use of sensors.

    • CORC2200 Naval Architecture

      This module enables learners to understand basic ship construction methods, the effects on vessel stability of small and large angles of heel, to consider the effects of compartmental flooding on ship stability. Learners will explore the static and dynamic forces in ship structures, and examine their effect on buoyancy. Basic factors of propulsion and resistance to ship motion are used to provide estimates for power and fuel consumption.

    • CORC2201 Maritime Operations

      This module is intended to introduce the learner to the processes, communication systems and planning required to undertake marine operations.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Cornwall College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a college closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

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