Vehicle Technology (H7109)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module aims to address the current and future demand for engineers in the automotive sector to have a holistic understanding of vehicles as systems which deliver a range of capabilities from transport to safety to information to entertainment. The delivery mode will make use of hands-on interactive design/analysis/virtual engineering in computer clusters with prepared electronic worksheets/projects.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Functional requirements (including safety, regulations, NVH, recyclability and cost) for varying segments, eg light duty, public transport (PSV), trucks, agriculture, off-highway and motor sport.
  • Subsystems: body, interior, chassis, closures, chassis, electrical, propulsion, ride and handling, NVH, ergonomics, manufacturing/supply, product planning.
  • Topical issues: hybridization (incl. PSV and not only electric), HEV energy and power management, composite materials, alternative fuels, vehicle control development and integration technologies, ICT standards and protocols.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Laboratory)


40%: Coursework (Report)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 117 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.