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Metrology Foundation 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECU148

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

Designed to up-skill staff, this Metrology course can teach you measurement skills which can boost the performance of you and your company.

Developed in consultation with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Rolls-Royce Plc, Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus and other employers and stakeholders, this vocational entry course represents the world’s first foundation degree in metrology - the science of measurement. Based around, but not exclusively, the field of dimensional metrology, the course aims to develop understanding of different measurement systems and metrology tools and techniques across manufacturing engineering and its many supporting engineering organisations.

In today's globally competitive marketplace, metrology plays a crucial part in the manufacturing process to ensure quality and efficiency. Getting it wrong can prove costly, as Toyota discovered several years ago, for example, when a failed accelerator pedal cost the company $4 billion. Getting it right helps to manage risk and support quality management, continuous improvement and waste reduction activities. 

This course provides the opportunity to validate and expand vocational skills, underpinned with the academic and professional toolset to assess and analyse information and provide recommendations for improvement. Upon successful completion, you’ll gain a formal Higher Education qualification in a key manufacturing engineering skill set.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our alumni say

My role at Physical Digital involves working on a wide range of projects for customers from a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and power generation. For this reason, a broad understanding of metrology and measurement systems is essential for day to day business. The foundation degree at Coventry has given me the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in this field and has enabled me to excel in my professional career. Following on from my successful completion of this course, I have been able to accept more advanced responsibilities within the company.”  

Ben Singer, current student in 2015/16, graduated in 2016, Senior Applications Engineer at Physical Digital Ltd

Course information

We aim to provide you with a solid foundation in the relevant underpinning theories and application of maths and engineering science involved in metrology, before introducing you to traditional and emerging measurement tools and techniques, such as coordinate measuring systems, the technologies involved in modern sensors, uncertainty, measuring system analysis and their supporting standards and traceability.

Drawing heavily on real-life experience, best practice examples and practical demonstrations, you should learn how to identify areas for improvement within your organisation and select the most appropriate measurement methods. For example, selection of equipment, strategies for measurement and managing risk.

Since many of our students have been out of the education system and in full-time employment for some time, we place an emphasis on developing appropriate academic skills to enable you to study more effectively at Foundation Degree level. We cover areas such as study techniques, writing, preparing assignments, revision, giving presentations, time management, reflection and personal development planning. These skills should help you become more confident and competent in your studying, however, you should find them equally useful in the work place.

Blending academic, practical and professional study supported by work based learning, the course aims to develop your understanding of how to improve metrology processes by initiating appropriate measurement controls and optimisation, including considering risk and cost versus benefit. You should learn the tools and techniques available, how to plan and implement metrology to support your measurement processes. The aim is to achieve continuous improvement and support cost reduction in manufacturing.

12th

Ranked in the top 12 UK Universities 

Guardian University Guide 2018

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Study Skills

  • Introduction to Metrology

  • Mathematics for Metrology

  • Engineering Science for Metrology

  • Standards and Traceability in Metrology

  • Measurement Methods

Overview

Your course culminates with a work-based project, which is designed to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learned, putting theory into practice. You will be required to identify a suitable work-based problem, which may be guided by a sponsoring employer, that requires improvement with the application of metrology principles. You will complete a full review of a situation, perform a detailed analysis and make improvements and recommendations. Previously students have had opportunities to work on technology which has been deployed in new ways, opportunities to enhance current systems reducing business risk, and in one instance plan and make operational a new Torque laboratory in India.

Modules

  • Uncertainty in measurement

  • Measurement Systems Analysis

  • Coordinate metrology practices

  • Production measurement practices

  • Work Based Project (Double module)

In more detail...

  • Ranked 2nd best in the UK for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • Admissions criteria encompasses a broad range of suitable qualifications and will factor in relevant work experience.
  • Our metrology team forms part of a 300-strong staff team across the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing.
  • Study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • We work closely with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and National Physical Laboratory (NPL), as well as companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, UNIPART, SAIC, Prodrive, Airbus, Tata, GKN, Ricardo and MIRA.
  • Access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High-Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Teaching is on a part-time basis, but in block delivery as requested by employers to minimise travel and disruption to students’ work commitments.

Our main study themes are:

  • Introduction to metrology: Introduction to inspection and metrology principles and practice, predominantly in dimensional metrology. You should examine the application of analysis of capabilities, understanding of limitations and risks. You will complete the Dimensional Measurement (NPL) Level One training course*, or Coventry University’s own equivalent set of three one day modular metrology courses (First Principles, GD&T and Principles of coordinate metrology systems). For more information, please enquire.

  • Mathematics for metrology: Explores the math required in mainstream industrial measurement – algebra, transformation of formulae, trigonometry and statistical mathematics. You should learn how to apply mathematics for the collection of accurate and precise data, together with appropriate analysis tools. 

  • Engineering science for metrology: Develops your understanding of the science of metrology. We will analyse the use of measurement units, the seven core International Systems of Units. Units and appropriate derived units, as well as the core scientific principles and calculations reflected in metrology practices.

  • Standards and traceability in metrology: Develops understanding of calibration and traceability in measurement to national and international standards. We evaluate the chain of traceability, including the role of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) in the UK. You may examine the process of gaining and maintaining accreditation via UKAS and ISO 17025, reviewing the systems and process involved, maintenance of records and systems.

  • Measurement methods: You should learn to appreciate the importance of accurate traceable measurement, considering the rationale for measurement, how accurate measurements should or can be and why. You will complete the Dimensional Measurement (NPL) Level Two certificated metrology training* or Coventry University’s own equivalent set of two one day modular metrology courses (Process Control and Gauge Capability). For more information, please enquire.

  • Uncertainty in measurement: Develops a working knowledge of applied uncertainty for complete measurement. We cover terminology used, including random and systematic errors, uncertainty estimates and combined uncertainties. You should gain a clear understanding of relevant research and publications, including the ‘Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement’ standard (GUM).

  • Measurement Systems Analysis: You should study the characteristics of different measurement systems, looking at the various measurement units and disciplines in the context of their fit for specific purposes. We consider comparative versus direct measurement systems, correct selection testing and verification of systems for measurement.

  • Production measurement practices: Aims to develop the skills to perform an analysis of the capability of measurement systems utilised in production measurement at the point of manufacture and understand the business considerations over traditional off line inspection, readying the student for i4.0


*Both the Level One and Level Two Dimensional Measurement (NPL) training courses are available for all students and classed as part of a CPD requirement to meet the course entry. However if they have not already been completed, students can complete both parts of either pathway in parallel to the Foundation Diploma itself. Costs are sent to students in the offer letter when they apply.

This programme is delivered in line with employer requirements and undertaken on a part-time basis, typically over two years, starting in September.

You will study six modules over each year, comprising 11 days of tuition in the first year and 12 days of tuition in the second year. All but the first module is taken in two consecutive day blocks, a Thursday and Friday. You will also jointly undertake underpinning skills CPD within the first year to gain a foundation of skills to build on over the course. To successfully complete the course and be awarded the Foundation Degree, you will need to complete all 12 modules and the underpinning CPD over two years. You will need to achieve 40% minimum for each module and certificated completion of the CPD. 

The block delivery provides less disruption and travelling for students who are located across the UK. This is supported with independent work based learning and self-study. Integration of your work activity will be encouraged to enhance your learning and potentially provide your company with an early return on investment.

Course content is rooted in industry and in the second year you will undertake a one-day fieldtrip to a prominent UK metrology company. These visits are designed to provide opportunities to witness the metrology and in-line measurement techniques in industry. The visits aim to provide access to the company’s metrology specialists, an introduction to new technologies and a tour of a production facility. There are no additional costs but students will be expected to cover their own travel requirements and expenses.

We also facilitate at least one guest lecturer from a major European Aerospace company, usually in delivering the ‘Measuring Systems Analysis’ module. 

You will study six modules over each year, comprising 11 days of tuition in the first year and 12 days of tuition in the second year.

Meet our staff

Ian Wilcox

Ian is a Senior Metrologist with over 25 years of experience in the application of dimensional metrology and the management of metrology teams within manufacturing engineering.

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Assessments consist of 100% module coursework. Module assignments can take many different forms, for example, a written report, individual or group presentation or in-class test. These coursework assignments can fall any time within the teaching block; at times, module leaders may set a coursework submission date after the end of teaching.

To qualify for the award of Foundation Degree in Engineering, a student must satisfy the University requirements of a minimum of 240 credits, 120 credits per year.

100% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The foundations of metrology (maths, science and standards)
  • The well-established principles in metrology and the way in which these principles have developed.
  • The main methods of enquiry in metrology and the ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different equipment and approaches to solving problems.
  • Understanding the limits of your knowledge and the resources available to enable further personal development. 


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of measurement within manufacturing.
  • Access, analyse and use information from a variety of sources to solve measurement problems
  • Evaluate different approaches to the solution of measurement problems within their organisation,
  • Analyse measurement capability within their organisation and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Locate relevant information (standards, processes and procedures) to enable informed decision making.
  • Use scientific methodologies within your field.
  • Act independently to analyse, plan and implement changes based on verifiable evidence.
  • Develop the vocational skills valued by their employers.

As a guide, each module equates to about 200 hours of study commitment – this is undertaken over an eight-week period and includes 15 hours of lecture, five hours of guided learning, 85 hours of work based learning and 95 hours of self-study.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we consider metrology in the context of global companies and industries.

Global ready

Did you know that we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA, 2015/16)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

This course will leave you with an invaluable insight into both the national and international requirements of applied engineering, provided by engaging lecturers with practical experience gained whilst working in industry. Studying FdE Metrology has not only developed my own personal knowledge, but has also helped me to progress within my career. The course focuses on cutting edge methods utilised within metrology, which I am now able to use within my own work to benefit my employer.”

Stuart Ballard, graduated in 2013, Grade 1 Calibration Technician at Norbar

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU148
GCSEs

The normal entry requirement is passes in four subjects, which must include: +GCSEs (normally at grade C or above) to include English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent); and

  • at least 40 points on the national tariff in one subject at GCE or VCE A-level (or a VCE double award) or equivalent; or
  • at least 60 points on the national tariff in at least one subject at GCE or VCE Advanced Supplementary (‘AS’) level where the student has attempted and has been fully assessed in, but failed to achieve, and A-level; or
  • those without formal qualifications, but with significant relevant work experience and in appropriate employment.


The University, at its discretion, may also admit to the programme students who do not fully meet the aforementioned categories.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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What our alumni say

My role at Physical Digital involves working on a wide range of projects for customers from a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and power generation. For this reason, a broad understanding of metrology and measurement systems is essential for day to day business. The foundation degree at Coventry has given me the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in this field and has enabled me to excel in my professional career. Following on from my successful completion of this course, I have been able to accept more advanced responsibilities within the company.”  

Ben Singer, current student in 2015/16, graduated in 2016, Senior Applications Engineer at Physical Digital Ltd

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£5,736 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£5,736 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,441 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments. 

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our alumni say

My role at Physical Digital involves working on a wide range of projects for customers from a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and power generation. For this reason, a broad understanding of metrology and measurement systems is essential for day to day business. The foundation degree at Coventry has given me the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in this field and has enabled me to excel in my professional career. Following on from my successful completion of this course, I have been able to accept more advanced responsibilities within the company.”  

Ben Singer, current student in 2015/16, graduated in 2016, Senior Applications Engineer at Physical Digital Ltd

Career prospects

In today’s fast-moving and competitive world of business, developing good metrology practice has never been more important for securing better data, decision making and managing risk.

Metrology plays a vital role in modern life with specialist skills increasingly relied upon in energy, environment, life sciences, automotive, aerospace, defense, government, manufacturing and commerce. Thousands of employees work in measurement and calibration across the UK, responsible for applications including monitoring pollutants in the air, calibrating radiotherapy equipment or ensuring vehicle safety.

This course has been shaped by the manufacturing engineering industry to provide students with the skills and expertise needed in this field, to help add substantial value to any current or future employer. 

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates of the course have included inspectors, quality engineers, quality managers, manufacturing or production engineers, laboratory and measurement technicians and, of course, metrologists.

What our alumni say

I work at the Manufacturing Technology Centre where we are challenged to find new ways to help manufacturing in the UK, from new processes or new technologies, for example. As we are doing ground breaking research, it is important to understand what is going on at every stage. This is where metrology plays such a big role.

Doing my foundation degree has helped me become more knowledgeable, allowing me to play a more important role within my workplace. It has shown me a wide range of tools that can be used in a wide range of measurements are carried out at my workplace"

Stuart Major, graduated in 2015, Research technician at Manufacturing Technology Centre
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