MSc in Advanced Engineeering Techniques

Programme Rationale
This programme is intended for staff from engineering and related disciplines and offers modules in new technology and techniques that will reinforce and expand the knowledge and skills of participants. In particular, the range of modules aims to increase under- standing and competence in the theory and application of advanced engineering technology by providing insights into modern thinking and techniques in such areas as CAD, CAM, AMT, CIM etc. The programme is now fully validated by the NCEA for the award of Degree of Master of Science (Advanced Engineering Techniques).

Programme Panel

Lecturer Institution
Dr. John McConnell RTC Waterford (Chairperson)
Dr. Patrick Mulhern RTC Athlone
Dr. Gerard Woods DIT Bolton Street
Mr. Matt Cotteral RTC Cork
Dr. Patrick Feenan RTC Dundalk
Mr. George Anderson RTC Galway
Mr. Hugh Carron RTC Letterkenny
Mr. Michael Moffatt RTC Sligo
Mr. Joseph Hayden RTC Waterford

Approved Course Schedule

Robotic Dynamic Modelling 75 - 50 50 100 9
Advanced Process Control 75 20 20 60 100 9
The CAD Database and CAM 75 - 50 50 100 9
DSP and Applications 75 30 20 50 100 9
Computer Vision Technology 75 30 20 50 100 9
Advanced Sensors 75 30 - 70 100 9
Real-Time Systems 75 50 - 50 100 9
UNIX and Engineering Workstations 75 - 50 50 100 9
Neural Networks 75 20 30 50 100 9
Project/Dissertation - - - - 100 24

All project modules require a minimum of 50% assessment by written examination.

The programme is part-time and modular to suit single subject certification by NCEA ACCS mode.

Modules may be taken on a single subject basis or be accumulated towards a Masters Degree. Candidates for the Masters Degree will be required to present a rational coherent grouping of four modules plus a Masters Degree level project or dissertation.

External candidates are now eligible to enter onto this programme.

Proposals for new modules are welcome. Proposal Forms and conditions may be obtained from the Secretariat Office.

1995/96 Modules on offer

1. Advanced Process Control Contact:
Dr. Conor Dowling (RTC Cork)
George Anderson (RTC Galway)
Process Control (Linear); Process Control (Digital); PLC's;
Advanced Digital Process Control;
(Knowledge of high level programme language required)
RTC Cork
RTC Galway
18th - 22nd Dec., '95
1st - 4th April, '96
13th - 17th May, '96
2. DSP and Applications Contact:
Dr. E. Ambikairajah (RTC Athlone)
Discrete-Time Signals; Z-Transform;
Digital Filter Structures & Design;
Programmable Digital Signal Applications Processing; (Knowledge of "Pascal" or "C" required)
RTC Athlone
8th - 12th Jan., '96
10th - 12th Apr.,'96
13th - 17th May '96
3. Computer Vision Technology Contact:
Tom Roche (RTC Galway)
(Knowledge of "C" required) Hardware Configuration; Vision Theory;
Image Compression; Multi-processor Technology
Image Compression; Multi-processor Technology
RTC Galway
18th - 22nd Dec., '95
1st - 4th April, '96
13th - 17th May, '96
4. Real-Time Systems Engineering Contact:
Colm Cox (RTC Galway)
Apply "C" to R-T Design Constraints; Technology
of R-T Systems; Hands on Experience of Design Issues
using R/T Operating System; Apply DSP Fundamentals;
Design FET & IIR Filters in Hard and Software under R-T
Constraints; Use of FET Algorithms (Knowledge of "C" required)
RTC Galway
18th - 22nd Dec., '95
1st - 4th April, '96
13th - 17th May, '96
5. Neural Networks Contact:
Dr. E. Ambikairajah (RTC Athlone)
Fundamentals of Artificial Neural Networks;
Training of ANN's; Kohonen's Self Organising Feature
Maps; NN Processing System; Applications of ANN's Maps;
NN Processing System; Applications of ANN's
(Knowledge of "Pascal" or "C" required)
RTC Athlone
18th - 20th Dec., '95
1st - 4th April, '96
21st - 24th May, '96

More detailed syllabuses of the modules above are available from the module leader(s) or the Secretariat Office.

A Short Course (4 days) "Introduction to"C" Programming" will again be available in early September, at RTC Dundalk. Please contact John Keane or Seamus Kelly directly at School of Science for further information.

Project Guidelines and Proposal Forms are available from the Secretariat Office.

An Application Form is enclosed. Please enter the modules you would like to attend in order of preference. Modules will not run if there are insufficient numbers.

Should you wish to attempt two modules during 1995/96, please ensure that the delivery dates of the individual blocks do not clash and make separate applications for each module.