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

Dublin City University (HDEAT)
Key Programme Details
Award

Higher Diploma in Engineering Analysis and Technologies

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

General Information
Contact

Dr. David Kinahan

Email

pgam@dcu.ie

Phone

+353 1 7005000

Address

Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Dublin City University
Dublin

Role

Programme Chair

Important Dates
Application Deadline

03/09/2021

Start Date

20/09/2021

End Date

31/08/2022

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 online and via some campus-based activities (eg some practicals). 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:
EM121 Engineering Mathematics 1: Mathematics fundamentals
EE206 Operating Systems: Understanding how computers work, Linux/Unix and shell programming
MM204 Energy - an introduction to thermodynamics: Principles and applications of thermodynamics, sustainable energy
and energy ethics
MM225 Design and CADD: Engineering Design and drawing techniques
MM382 Data Analytics for Engineers: Problems solving, statistics, manipulating large data sets
EF318 New Enterprise Development: Team project focusing on the new venture creation process
EM108, Software Development for Engineers: Introduction to C Programming for Engineers
EM114 Numerical Problem Solving for Engineers: Practical applications of mathematics
EM122 Engineering Mathematics 2: Mathematics
EE202 Embedded Systems: Software Design and Analysis
EM112 Engineering Mechanics-Statics
MM232 Pneumatics and Control: Pneumatic, hydraulic and PLC systems

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.

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Dr. David Kinahan

Address

Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Dublin City University
Dublin

Phone

+353 1 7005000

Email

pgam@dcu.ie

Application Procedures

Applications are submitted through the Springboard Application Website: www.springboardcourses.ie

All applications should include the following documents with the application. Otherwise, your application cannot be processed and you may lose your opportunity for a place on the programme

1) A scanned copy of all relevant academic transcripts. Copies of the degree parchment are not accepted.
2) Telephone contact details for two referees
3) Personal Statement detailing your prior knowledge, and why you think this programme is a good fit for you
4) A current telephone contact number
5) Applicants full current address details
6) Evidence of eligibility for funding, eg PPS number (eg a payslip if in employment) or Job seekers allowance receipt if unemployed
7) Evidence of that you meet the Residency Requirements for this programme