Higher Diploma in Engineering Analysis and Technologies (Higher Diploma in Engineering Analysis and Technologies)

Dublin City University (TBC)
Key Programme Details
Award

Higher Diploma in Engineering Analysis and Technologies

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

School of Electronic Engineering

General Information
Contact

David Kinehan

Email

pgam@dcu.ie

Phone

01 7005000

Address

Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Dublin City University
Dublin

Role

Programme Chair

Important Dates
Application Deadline

21/08/2020

Start Date

05/10/2020

End Date

31/08/2021

About this Course

This innovative Higher Diploma is specifically designed to allow students who have not been previously exposed to engineering mathematics, software, design and fundamental principles at a sufficient level for them to pursue engineering opportunities in the workplace, in further education or in lifelong learning activities. The selected learning activities and modules will imbue the students with the ability to engage with engineering problems, contexts and tools, thus enabling them to participate in strategic areas for the future workspace.

Objectives

The proposed Higher Diploma programme has the following objectives:
- To develop the students knowledge of mathematics, numerical problem solving and analysis, software, engineering design and fundamental engineering principles.
- To develop the students ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve engineering problems and to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements related to engineering problems.
- To develop the students awareness of the socioeconomic and technological challenges faced by society, of their cognitive processes and the mathematical and software tools available to them in order to design appropriate solutions.
- To develop the students ability to collaborate successfully, communicate effectively and to think critically in order to develop and apply creative solutions which integrate knowledge and understanding of engineering principles to solve societal challenges.

Entry Requirements

• Entry is available to graduates with a with an NFQ Level 8 qualification with a minimum of a H2.2 or equivalent classification in a non-engineering-related discipline.
• Applicants with an engineering qualification who wish to reskill and/or update their qualifications may also apply.
• Applicants with a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification with at least 5 years relevant industrial experience may apply. This entry is subject to an interview if deemed necessary by the Chair of Programme or Head(s) of School.
• Students who meet the minimum entry requirements are not guaranteed a place on the programme and DCU reserves the right to interview candidates to confirm their suitability for the programme.
• Non-Native English speakers must submit evidence of competency in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.

Long Description

The Higher Diploma in Engineering Analysis and Technologies (HDipEAT) is a full-time programme with 60 credits at Level 8 and it is intended that students will take this programme via campus-based activities (some adjustment will be necessary in 2020-21 due to COVID restrictions). This innovative Higher Diploma is specifically designed to allow students who have not been previously exposed to engineering mathematics, software, design and fundamental principles at a sufficient level for them to pursue engineering opportunities in the workplace, in further education or in lifelong learning activities. The selected learning activities and modules will imbue the students with the ability to engage with engineering problems, contexts and tools, thus enabling them to participate in strategic areas for the future workspace.

There are 12 X 5 ECTS credit modules on this course as follows:
EM201 Engineering Mathematics 3: Mathematics fundamentals
EM202 Engineering Mathematics 4: Advanced Mathematics
MM382 Data Analytics for Engineers: Problems solving, statistics, manipulating large data sets
EM114 Numerical Problem Solving for Engineers: Practical applications of mathematics
EE206 Operating Systems: Understanding how computers work, Linux/Unix and shell programming
EE202 Embedded Systems: Software Design and Analysis
EF318 New Enterprise Development: Team project focusing on the new venture creation process
MM225 Design and CADD: Engineering Design and drawing techniques
MM204 Energy - an introduction to thermodynamics: Principles and applications of thermodynamics, sustainable energy
and energy ethics
MM232 Pneumatics and Control: Pneumatic, hydraulic and PLC systems
EE207 Systems: Dynamics of systems to demonstrate and analyse common systems including circuits & mechanical
system
EM108, Software Development for Engineers: Introduction to C Programming for Engineers

Why Choose This Course

This innovative Higher Diploma is specifically designed to allow students who have not been previously exposed to engineering mathematics, software, design and fundamental principles at a sufficient level for them to pursue engineering opportunities in the workplace, in further education or in lifelong learning activities. The selected learning activities and modules will imbue the students with the ability to engage with engineering problems, contexts and tools, thus enabling them to participate in strategic areas for the future workspace.

Career Opportunities

Some examples of how this programme prepares its graduates for careers in technological areas:

• The engineering workplace is becoming increasingly digitised. To name one area, the Internet of Things (IoT) utilises analytic technologies such as Machine Learning, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence which require engineers to understand the underpinning mathematics of such engineering advances as well as being able to develop and apply algorithms to efficiently process large datasets to manage and train such systems. Recent graduates from non-engineering fields may possess proficient mathematical skills but lack the computing skills required to develop software to efficiently process the data or vice-versa. While those in employment or self-employment may have developed skills that are platform-dependent and require a graduate conversion course to retool their skillset with the fundamental principles that underpin specific software platforms enabling them to be platform-independent. The course also provides an opportunity for those returning to work to become familiar with the latest developments in engineering practices with a view to developing their skillset in the area of engineering principles and software.

• The workplace of the future requires engineers to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skill sets. The proposed course aims to prepare students for the workplace of the future by developing their understanding of the mathematical foundations upon which engineering algorithms are developed in the three core modules on mathematics. Their understanding and exposure to computer languages is developed in the two core modules on programming. Combining these 5 modules together will enable graduates to deconstruct large challenges into smaller objectives and choose appropriate mathematical methods to solve a problem, recognising the strength and limitations of the various approaches. This approach is platform-independent meaning that graduates can progress and apply their skills in a wide range of applications and companies.

• The climate action plan sets out achieving 70% electricity generation from renewable sources, 1 million electric vehicles, 500,000 homes with a B2 BER certificate or higher, and a reduction of 70% of packaging waste by 2030. In order to implement an infrastructure than can achieve these goals, Ireland needs to tackle the technical skills deficit evident in its workforce. The proposed course tackles this deficit directly by re-skilling and up-skilling people working in fields not directly linked to engineering who are not equipped demonstrate the appropriate experience or expertise to obtain jobs in engineering fields.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

David Kinehan

Address

Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Dublin City University
Dublin

Phone

017005000

Email

pgam@dcu.ie

Application Procedures

Applications are submitted through the Springboard Application Website: www.springboardcourses.ie
All application should include
1) A scanned copy of all relevant academic transcripts. A photocopy of the degree certificate is not sufficient.
2) Telephone contact details for two referees
3) Personal Statement detailing your prior knowledge, if any, of Engineering as well as any industrial experience you may have.
4) A current telephone contact number
5) Applicants full current address details
6) Evidence of eligibiity for funding, eg job seekers payment receipt, PPS number

Decisions of the applications committee are final.