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Unit information: Composites Manufacturing Study Tour in 2016/17

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Unit name Composites Manufacturing Study Tour
Unit code AENGM0020
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. McAlpine
Open unit status Not open

AENGM0022 and AENGM0023



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit forms part of the taught component of the EngD programme in Composites Manufacture. The student will conduct a mini case study of a particular business aspect of a polymer composites company or companies. The study should include a visit to (or information gathering from) at least one composites company.

The aims of this unit are to:

  1. Provide the students with the opportunity to investigate an aspect of the technical and business practices of a polymer composites company.
  2. Demonstrate the application of skills acquired on the Business Skills units.

Intended learning outcomes

The students will be able to:

Demonstrate their appreciation of the application of competitive strategies across a range of different composites manufacturing environments.

The learning outcomes align to A1, B1, B2 and D1 of the UK-SPEC

Teaching details

Fieldwork in the form of guided and commented visits to one or more companies, covering different sectors of the composites manufacturing industry.

Assessment Details

Project proposal/outline (20%)

Written report (80%)

Note: The case study topic can be on any aspect of composites manufacturing that interests the student, although the chosen topic should allow exploration of some business aspects covered in the Business Skills modules (AENGM0022 and AENGM0023), e.g. issues concerning the commercialisation of new technology, technology strategy and organisation. The case study should be limited in scope to what data can be gathered from a single visit to the company or other small data-gathering exercise, plus supplemental desk-based studies.

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