City College Plymouth

FdSc Mechanical Design and Manufacture

A friendly, supportive higher education community is what we’re all about. Small classes. Personal tuition. Dedicated and enthusiastic tutors and lecturers delivering courses designed with employers. And it’s all in partnership with Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CFD106 Health and Safety and Risk Assessment

      This unit develops students¿ awareness of the principles of Health and Safety Planning and Implementation within an industrial environment. It also introduces the concept of Risk Assessment and its evaluation when applied to any potential hazard.

    • CFD107 Business and Management Techniques

      This module develops students¿ knowledge of the basic hard and soft management skills required to run a modern manufacturing or engineering business.

    • MFD111 Engineering Science

      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.

    • MFD112 Engineering Materials

    • MFD118 Analytical Methods

      This module is designed to develop the student's ability to solve engineering problems and derive formula through the use of mathematical techniques.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • MFD113 Engineering Design

      The aim of this module is to give students an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project. It will enable them to appreciate that design involves synthesizing parameters, which will affect the design solution.

    • MFD115 Plant and Process Principles

      This module investigates a number of engineering principles which underpin the design and operation of plant engineering systems and equipment. It includes some elements of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and mechanics of machines.

    • MFD117 CAD Techniques

      An Introduction into CAD in the Design Process, progressing swiftly through 2D draughting to explore 3D conceptual design and visualisation.

    • MFD220 Project

      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.

    • MFD229 Mechanical Principles

    • MFD230 Fluid Mechanics

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • MFD211 Manufacturing Processes

      This module concerns the use of conventional and non-conventional forming and machining techniques used in component manufacture, of both simple and complex geometry, in modern engineering industry.

    • MFD213 Advanced CAD

      The development of 3D CAD in the Design Process, exploring Wireframe, Surface and Solid modelling techniques within a dedicated 3D modelling package. Creating 3D visualisation and animations to communicate design concepts.

    • MFD214 Design for Manufacture

      The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to experience the process of preparing a design for manufacture and the key factors that need to be considered.

    • MFD215 Planning and Scheduling Techniques

      The aim of this unit is to provide students with a basic knowledge of the principles, methodologies and techniques that are used in process planning and scheduling.

    • MFD216 Statistical Process Control

      The aim of this module is to enable students to acquire and apply relevant statistical techniques used in process quality control, and to evaluate a process against a given specification.

    • MFD217 Instrumentation and Control

      This module examines the operation of modern instrumentation systems for process measurement and process control. It examines control systems, controllers and regulating units.

    • MFD218 Quality Assurance and Management

      The aim of this module is to raise awareness and familiarize students with the principles and applications of quality management. Outcome 1 examines the basic principles of Total Quality Management (TQM). Outcome 2 is intended to develop an understanding of the key factors which, underpin Quality Assurance (QA) systems.

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

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 City College Plymouth

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 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 Plymouth University. 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 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. 

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from Plymouth University, 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.

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