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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module ENGI44X10: Future Vehicles

Department: Engineering

ENGI44X10: Future Vehicles

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Not available in 2023/24
Tied to H1KC24


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • This module is designed solely for students studying on the Master of Energy Systems Management.
  • To provide an overview and describe the characteristics of future transport devices.
  • To explain the working principles of systems for future transport devices.
  • To explain the technical, as well as economical, constraints and solutions for future vehicles.
  • To introduce and familiarise students with analytical methods and simulation tools for system design and analysis.


  • Overview of low carbon transport
  • Low carbon vehicle drive-trains
  • Vehicle energy consumption, emissions and alternative fuels
  • Future trends

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge of benefits and limitations of technologies currently used or being developed for future transport devices.
  • An appreciation of the impacts of reducing the carbon footprint of transport systems on the existing infrastructure for transport.
  • An understanding of component and system design for different and typical future vehicles.
  • A knowledge of trends and developments in the areas of future vehicles.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An awareness of current technology, analysis methods and industrial practises along with the ability to apply those methods in novel situations.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialised and advanced technical and professional skills, an ability to perform critical assessment and review and an ability to communicate the results of their own work effectively.
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
  • Specialised numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • Mathematics relevant to the application of advanced engineering concepts.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module content is delivered in lectures.
  • Students can make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff. These are sign up sessions which will be available to the students.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 Typically block taught over two weeks for full time students 1 hour 20
Tutorial hours As required Sign-up sessions Up to 1 hour 5
Preparation and reading 75
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment: technical problem-solving exercise Equivalent to 2 hours of examination effort 100%

Formative Assessment:

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Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University