This module can be studied on a standalone basis or as a module of a postgraduate qualification.
It is expected that you hold a bachelors degree in an engineering-related subject (or the equivalent) from a UK university, giving you a basic understanding of mechanics and materials engineering and an ability to follow mathematical models involving simple calculus.
If this is your first postgraduate module, it is important for you to appreciate the substantial differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study. At postgraduate level, you are expected to evaluate, synthesise, review, and reflect on material. Independent study is an important component and you will be expected to draw on resources beyond those provided by the module. This module includes materials that should assist you if you don’t already have these skills, or if your skills need polishing. In particular, preparatory activities and reflective questions in the assessment are there to help you develop the academic critical skills that are characteristic of a masters-level qualification.
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.
If you have any doubts about whether your level of English is good enough for you to study this module you may find it helpful to look at our Skills for OU Study site.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.