City College Plymouth

FdSc Marine Autonomous Vehicles

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Engineering Mathematics (CITY1077)

      To develop the student's mathematical ability and to apply principles to the solution of engineering problems and to make use of mathematical computer based packages

    • Engineering Science 1 (CITY1078)

      An introduction to mechanical principles, energy transfer and AC electrical theory. Mechanical principles including solid mechanics, statics, dynamics and mechanical vibrations. Modes of heat transfer and energy losses. Electrical principles and single phase AC theory.

    • Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits (CITY1079)

      This module provides learners with a practical understanding of a range of digital and analogue devices and circuits in common use within Electrical/Electronic Engineering Systems. Students will analyse the operational principles associated with a number of fundamental electronic building blocks and will consolidate their learning through the practical build, testing and presentation of real circuits.

    • Naval Architecture (CITY1093)

      The module introduces the theory of ship stability and the interaction between a vessel, its cargo and counteracting the effects

    • Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (CITY1095)

      Learners will investigate pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams, examine the characteristics of components and equipment and evaluate the applications of pneumatics and hydraulics.

    • Object Oriented Programming (CITY1101)

      The object oriented programming paradigm requires a programmer to design and develop code by considering what objects may exist in some system, how these are related to each other and how these may interact with each other. It is a proven method for developing reliable modular programs and encourages reuse which shortens development time. This module provides an introduction to the object-oriented programming paradigm.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Industrial Control and Mechatronics (CITY2081)

      This module will introduce a multidisciplinary view of typical mechatronic systems integrating a number of engineering disciplines. Learners will analyse individual elements before identifying the interface and control methods used to combine those elements into a complete system. Learners will then apply formal design methodologies to implement and test a simple mechatronic system.

    • Advanced CAD & FEA (CITY2093)

      The development of 3D modelling techniques, Surface and Solid modelling within a dedicated 3D modelling package. Creating 3D visualisation and animations to communicate design concepts. Produce full sets of drawings, BOM’s and manufacturing information. Analyse the stresses and strains on structures using FEA techniques to achieve an optimised design solution.

    • Composites Materials for the Marine Industry (CITY2095)

    • Project (CITY2097)

      An integration of the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course within a major piece of work that allows the student to develop the ability to work individually; and with others, within a defined timescale and given constraints, to produce an acceptable and viable solution to an agreed brief.

    • Fluid mechanics and CFD (CITY2098)

      This module considers fundamental concepts of fluid static, continuity, viscosity and flow and provides the working principle of hydraulic systems and machinery.

    • Software Development (CITY2108)

      This module explores the principles and techniques of software development. The learners will acquire an understanding of analysis, design, software construction and testing both in independent and collaborative development. Various design patterns and software architectures and frameworks are explored and professional skills such as UML and Agile are developed.

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.

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth 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 partnership institution 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 the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution 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 Partnerships 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. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from the University of Plymouth, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.
Plymouth students working on a group project