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International Year One in Engineering / Extended International Year One in Engineering with Programme Pathways in Aerospace Engineering: Civil Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Academic Year 2021/22

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title

International Year One in Engineering / Extended International Year One in Engineering with Programme Pathways in Aerospace Engineering: Civil Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

International Diploma in Engineering

Programme Code

NTO-IDE-EG

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100184

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Undergraduate Diplom

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

INTO Queen's

School/Department

INTO

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 4

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Accreditations (PSRB)

The British Council

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 11-05-18

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None.

Programme Specific Regulations

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
English Language Requirements:
For the International Year One in Engineering, candidates will normally be required to have an English Language test score, taken within the last two years, of at least IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in the writing and reading components, and no other component below 5.0.

For the Extended International Year One in Engineering, candidates will normally be required to have:
One term extended:
An English Language test score, taken within the last two years, of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.0 in the writing and reading component and no other component below 4.5.
Two terms extended:
An English Language test score, taken within the last two years, of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 4.5 in all components.

N.B. Students who require a Tier 4 visa to study on the programme must comply with UKVI requirements and hold a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at CEFR Level B1 or above with a minimum of B1 in all components, reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Academic Subject Requirements:
Internationally Recognised Examinations:
Two D Grades from a UK A-Level Board or equivalent (normally to include Mathematics and –preferably- Physics).

Mathematics and Chemistry is required for the Chemical Engineering Pathway.

First Year pass at an overseas university with good grades.

Students with SAT: 2 APs at Grade 3 or higher.

Completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) with a minimum of 24 points. Applicants with the IB Careers-Related Programme cannot be accepted.

All students must hold an (I)GSCE grade C Mathematics or equivalent.

General Studies and Native Language A-levels are not accepted.

Progression from Foundation Programmes:
Students who achieve two D grades (normally to include Mathematics and –preferably- Physics) in the Queen’s International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Science may progress on to the Diploma Programme.

Mathematics and Chemistry is required for the Chemical Engineering Pathway.

Other similar foundation programmes may be acceptable and will be considered on an individual basis.

All students must hold an (I)GSCE grade C Mathematics or equivalent.

Age restrictions:
All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

There will be two intakes each academic year, in September and in January.

Entrance requirements are kept under review and are subject to change.
Applicants are advised to check the latest information online at
http://www.intostudy.com/en-gb/universities/queens-university-belfast/courses

International Diploma in Engineering Award:
To be eligible for the award, all students must take and satisfactorily complete (pass) academic subject modules to the value of 100 CATS points.
Students must also satisfactorily complete (pass) the English Language and Study Skills (ELSS) Module with a value of 20 CATS points.

Students following the extended programme must take and satisfactorily complete one or two terms of Academic English before taking any of the academic subject modules.
The pass mark for all academic modules is 40%.
The pass mark for the ELSS module is 50% overall (equivalent to IELTS 6.0), with a minimum of 40% in each sub-skill (equivalent to IELTS 5.5).

Re-sits:
A student who fails a module at the first sitting shall be permitted one further attempt to achieve a pass for that module. The module will normally be retaken at the next available opportunity. The maximum mark normally available for academic modules retaken in this way will be the pass mark (40%).

The ELSS mark is not capped on re-sit.

Students who fail any module at the second attempt may be required to withdraw from the programme.

Criteria for Progression to Queen’s University:
Students who successfully complete (pass) the International Year One in Engineering programme and are awarded the International Diploma in Engineering may progress to Year Two of designated degree programmes only if they have achieved, as a minimum requirement, the level of performance in both academic modules and English Language and Study Skills, specified as follows:

English Language and Study Skills Module:
Minimum of 50% overall (equivalent to IELTS 6.0) with minimum of 40% (equivalent to IELTS 5.5) in all components.

Academic Modules:
To progress onto BEng pathways:
A minimum average of 60% across all academic modules with passes in 10 out of 10 modules (equivalent to a PASS with COMMENDATION).

To progress onto MEng pathways:
A minimum average of 70% across all academic modules with passes in 10 out of 10 modules (equivalent to a PASS with HIGH COMMENDATION).

All specified pathway modules must be passed.
Students who successfully complete (pass) the International Year One in Engineering programme and are awarded a PASS in the International Diploma in Engineering but who do not meet the specified progression requirements for entry to Year Two may be considered for entry to Year One of degree programmes on a case by case basis.

Students on the extended programme must satisfactorily complete Academic English to the equivalent standard of IELTS 5.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and no other sub-skill less than 5.0, before progressing to study the academic and ELSS modules

Students with protected characteristics

None.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

1. To provide students with a high quality education at undergraduate Year One level.

2. To prepare students for progression to Year Two (Level II) undergraduate study in engineering or related disciplines at Queen’s University Belfast.

3. To enhance the subject knowledge, learning skills and English language proficiency of students to enable them to communicate and study engineering and related subjects effectively and confidently at undergraduate level in an English medium university.

4. To provide the opportunity for professional recognition by the appropriate engineering institution(s).

5. To cultivate a commitment to good practice in academic work

6. To provide students with the necessary personal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, autonomous learners.

7. To give students experience of different approaches to teaching and learning and to the methods that may be used to assess their learning.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Interpret criteria and specifications and plan their implementation;

2. Identify, analyse and solve a range of engineering problems using appropriate techniques and principles;

3. Formulate solutions to problems through the synthesis of ideas from a range of sources;

4. Assess and analyse problems that involve a degree of complexity, taking account of conflicting priorities and the wider impacts and limitations in decision making.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students' cognitive skills are developed through lectures, workshops, laboratory classes, individual project work, team-working exercises, and design exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is done using a mix of examinations, class tests, laboratory reports, and coursework.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Pursue experimental laboratory, practical and field work using relevant test and measurement apparatus.
2. Use a range of general and engineering specific software.
3. Apply appropriate economic and construction project management techniques to specific problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching of the majority of the transferable skills forms an integral part of the overall learning and teaching process on the degree pathway.

Methods of Assessment

The assessment of the majority of the transferable skills forms an integral part of the overall assessment of the degree pathway. Team-working skills, written communication skills, and oral communication skills are assessed directly. The development of IT skills are integral to the learning and teaching process underpinning the degree programme.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Understand the key concepts, theories, principles and processes involved in engineering.
2. Understand the techniques, methods, materials, product and practices, including the regulatory framework, codes and standards, employed in engineering.
3. Appreciate the context in which engineering operates including, the legal, social, economic, health and safety, cultural, technological, physical, environmental and global influences; the industry, professions and allied industries, and linkages between elements of the discipline, and between the discipline and related disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students’ acquisition of core knowledge and understanding is achieved primarily through lectures, tutorials, laboratory and design classes, and workshops, and is supported by independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is done using a mix of examinations, class tests, laboratory reports, and coursework.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Perform a range of subject specific skills consistent with students studying the same designated degree programme in Year One (Level 1) at Queen’s University Belfast.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As above for previously stated learning outcomes

Methods of Assessment

As above for previously stated learning outcomes

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Structural and Stress Analysis

NTO1016

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Engineering Mathematics 2

NTO1027

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Electronic Materials and Devices

NTO1051

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Communications

NTO1052

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

NTO1041

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Introduction to Chemical Engineering

NTO1053

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Mechanical Principles

NTO1042

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Circuit Principles 1

NTO1020

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Fluid Mechanics

NTO1015

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Basic Chemistry I (Organic and Inorganic)

NTO1054

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Heat and Mass Transfer

NTO1056

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

English Language and Study Skills

NTO1001

1

20

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Surveying

NTO1047

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Materials and Manufacture

NTO1043

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Computer Programming

NTO1012

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Electrical Power and Machines

NTO1024

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Dynamics

NTO1014

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Basic Chemistry II (Physical Chemistry)

NTO1055

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Engineering Mathematics 1

NTO1026

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Aerospace Principles

NTO1050

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Drawing and Design

NTO1040

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Digital System Design

NTO1021

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Thermodynamics

NTO1018

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Circuit Principles 2

NTO1022

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Geotechnics

NTO1046

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Engineering Design and Practice

NTO1038

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Civil Engineering Principles

NTO1045

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Notes

Please note that the British Council accredits the ELSS module for this programme. Please note, students on the Extended version of this programme may do 4 or 5 terms. All students will study their necessary optional modules in either Semester 1 or Semester 2. Please note the semester in which optional modules are offered is dependent upon student numbers and in particular which cohort the students commence the programme (September or January). Please be advised that modules studied are determined by the pathway chosen. Pathway modules are as follows: Aerospace: Engineering Maths 1 Engineering Maths 2 ELSS Aerospace Principles Drawing and Design Fluid Mechanics Mechanical Principles Dynamics Materials and Manufacture Structural and Stress Analysis Thermodynamics Chemical: Engineering Maths 1 Engineering Maths 2 ELSS Thermodynamics Introduction to Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics Drawing and Design Basic Chemistry 1 (Organic and Inorganic) Basic Chemistry 2 (Physical Chemistry) Materials and Manufacture Heat and Mass Transfer Civil: Engineering Maths 1 Engineering Maths 2 ELSS Drawing and Design Geotechnics Mechanical Principles Fluid Mechanics Civil Engineering Principles Surveying Materials and Manufacture Structural and Stress Analysis Electrical and Electronic: Engineering Maths 1 Engineering Maths 2 ELSS Circuit Principles 1 Electronic Materials and Devices Engineering Design and Practice Computer Programming Communications Circuit Principles 2 Digital Systems Design Electrical Power and Machines Mechanical: Engineering Maths 1 Engineering Maths 2 ELSS Mechanical Principles Fluid Mechanics Electrical and Electronic Engineering Drawing and Design Dynamics Materials and Manufacture Structure and Stress Analysis Thermodynamics