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Automotive Research, Strategy and Environment (for new MSc Sustainable Automotive Electrification)

Introduction

The introductory module of the new "Sustainable Automotive Electrification" course. Content focusses on the motivations for electrification and hybridisation in the automotive industry: Global Warming and Pollution. The module then introduces the overarching legislative and regulatory frameworks alongside organisational and strategic approaches of manufacturers in response to the problem.

The student will understand in detail the motivations, and industry response to issues relating to global warming and pollution. In addition a ReMe element, biased towards more technical content will be incorporated into the module giving all students an equal opportunity to develop the academic skills necessary independent of their chosen form of study.

Objectives

Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Interpret, and critically evaluate how legislation is impacting the development of hybrid and electrified vehicles
  • Critically evaluate the wide variety of real-world motivations for the hybridisation and electrification of automotive passenger vehicles.
  • Evaluate and critically analyse organisational structure within the automotive industry
  • Evaluate and critique strategies employed by automotive manufacturers for new product development to meet customer and legislative demands
  • Systematically search, critique and evaluate academic literature appropriate to the subject matter

Syllabus

The module focusses on the motivations for electrification and hybridisation in the automotive industry: Global Warming and Pollution. Covering the overarching legislative and regulatory frameworks alongside organisational and strategic approaches of manufacturers in response to the problem.

Assessment

  • Post Module assignment (70% weighting)
  • Video Presentation (20% weighting)
  • In module online assessement tasks (10% weighting)

Duration

1 week, including 24 hours of lectures, 9 hours of seminars, 4.5 hours of supervised practical classess