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Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

Learning outcomes align with the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) building towards professional recognition. Underpinning science and mathematics are utilised in the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of engineering topics and skills development. Intellectual abilities, practical skills and general transferable skills in engineering feature in the qualification together with personal and professional development planning activities.

Learning outcomes closely align with the EC’s UK-SPEC generic output standards in:

  • science and mathematics
  • engineering analysis
  • design
  • economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context
  • engineering practice
  • additional general skills.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this qualification, you’ll have knowledge and understanding of:

  • relevant engineering principles, analytical methods, modelling techniques, quantitative methods and appropriate computer software to formulate solutions to clearly defined real-world problems
  • undertake specified engineering-related investigations and design tasks with due consideration for current social, commercial, ethical/legal and management practices.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • put forward design solutions to given engineering challenges that require the application of scientific principles and quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • capture user requirements for given engineered systems in terms of performance, manufacture, use and disposal.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • choose materials, processes and designs to meet the performance requirements of given engineered systems by using analytical approaches and practical experimental work
  • plan specified engineering activities to take account of ethics, environmental risk and sustainability, and relevant legislative frameworks
  • explain how you propose to address given engineering challenges in terms of the engineering principles on which your solutions are based.

Key skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • present, in appropriate formats and using appropriate tools, reports of your work as an individual and as a member of a team, and plans for your continuing professional development.