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AUTO6006 - Automotive Science

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Title:Automotive Science
Long Title:Automotive Science
Module Code:AUTO6006
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Automotive Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: CLIVE ATKINSON
Module Description: This module provides an introduction to the basic scientific principles relating to automobile design and operation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Derive and apply the SI units of measure relating to motor vehicle applications.
LO2 Define the basic scientific principles applicable to motor vehicles and fuels.
LO3 Apply basic scientific principles to motor vehicle applications.
LO4 Use calculations and formulas to solve problems relating to automotive science applications.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
SI units of measure, quantities, derived units
Engineering quantities and their respective SI units. Derived units. Multiple and sub-multiples using prefixes.
Heat and temperature
Definitions, practical automotive applications and calculations relating to: heat, temperature, sensible & latent heats, specific heat capacity, methods of heat. transfer, the effects of heat, thermal expansion and contraction
Stress and strain
Definition and calculation of stress, strain, elasticity, Young's modulus, Hooke's Law, load/extension graphs, material properties and testing. Identification of the various types of stress to which motor vehicle components are subjected and the possible causes of component failure.
Gas laws
Definitions, calculations and practical application of Boyle's and Charles' law with regard to motor vehicle considerations. Absolute and guage pressure, absolute temperature, standard temperature and pressure.
Motion
Define displacement, velocity, relative & absolute velocity, acceleration, deceleration, braking efficiency. Plot velocity/time graphs. Use equations of motion to solve problems involving distance, time, velocity and acceleration.
Forces
Definitions and calculations relating to the principle of moments, equilibrium, reaction forces, resultants & components, centre of gravity. Resolve forces relating to motor vehicle components and operation.
Work, Energy & Power
Definitions, calculations relating to the principles of work, energy, power, torque, speed, volumetric efficiency, brake power, indicated power, friction power, mechanical efficiency, engine dynamometer, Morse test. Interpretation of engine performance curves.
Friction
Definitions and calculations relating to various types of friction, co-efficient of friction and angle of friction. Identify automobile components where friction is beneficial and where friction is harmful.
Fuels
Basic fuel composition and properties.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Definitions & Calculations in relation to Gas Laws and Heat & Temperature applications. 1,2,3 30.0 Week 5
Short Answer Questions Definitions & Calculations in relation to Forces, Motion, Stress and Strain applications. 1,3 30.0 Week 9
Short Answer Questions Definitions & Calculations in relation to Friction, Motion, Work, Energy, Power and Fuels. 1,4 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Review lecture material and further research 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Review lecture material and further research 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bolton, W. 2015, Engineering Science, 6th Ed., Chs:1-8, 24-27, Routledge [ISBN: 9781138828933]
  • Allan Bonnick 2008, Automotive Science and Mathematics, Ch 5-10,11,13, Butterworth-Heinemann Oxford [ISBN: 9780750685221]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Twigg, Peter 1996, Science for Motor Vehicle Engineers, first Ed., Arnold London [ISBN: 034064527]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EABMT_8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Automotive Business Management and Technology 2 Mandatory
CR_TTMGT_7 Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology and Management 2 Mandatory
CR_TTMAT_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Automotive Technology and Management 2 Mandatory

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