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Engineering and Computing

Fast-paced, exciting and challenging, the computing or engineering sectors have plenty to offer ambitious students - high job satisfaction, above-average salaries and a choice of sectors in which to work. 

The LIPC International Year Zero: Engineering and Computing will help you start your career in these fascinating fields.


Once you complete your IYZ, you will continue your degree on one of DMU's excellent courses listed below.  

Combining theory with the practical experience, the Engineering and Computing IYZ is taught by lecturers who have expertise in teaching science and maths to those who have not studied it in depth before.


You will receive a solid grounding in programming, maths and science as well as practical engineering skills to give your undergraduate study at DMU the best start.  

  • Full preparation for a career in computing, engineering and science
  • Industry-standard equipment for your use
  • Supportive learning environment


This module provides you with the opportunity to develop basic mathematical skills relevant to Engineering and Computing. The key areas you will study are trigonometry, algebra, functions and calculus. No-one is expected to have a higher level of mathematical background than GCSE Grade C or equivalent. You will be learning using practical examples to solve a range of engineering and computing problems.

Engineering Sciences
This is a double model which aims to introduce to you the fundamental concepts of both mechanical and electrical theory and practice. The mechanical content introduces topics such as conversion of units, linear motion, forces, stress and strain, Newton’s second law, work, energy and power, fluids, pressure and thermodynamics. The electrical content includes resistor tolerances Ohm’s law, current and voltage division, Kirchoff’s law, AC current, the oscilloscope and signal generator, batteries and capacitors. There is a high practical element within the module.

Problem Solving and Programming
In this module, you will work on practical computing applications. It is assumed that you will have little or no prior experience of computer programming is assumed. You will gain an understanding of how data is used, problem solving skills and computer logic combined with hands-on experience of developing and executing simple software programmes. All these skills are used in undergraduate computing degrees. 

Creative Technology Project
This module is studied in the final term of the IYZ and brings together learning from the other modules studied during the previous two terms. You will apply the engineering and computing knowledge that you have gained to a practical project. Your project involves not only using this knowledge to create simple technology but also gives them the opportunity to learn and apply the basic principles of project management. Among transferable skills developed are scoping, planning and monitoring a project, working effectively in a team and creative problem solving skills.

Additional modules include:

  • Study Skills I (Introduction to DMU)
  • Study Skills III (Communication)
  • English for Academic Purposes


Undergraduate degree options 
Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)
Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)
Computing BSc (Hons)
Computing for Business BSc (Hons)
Computer Games Programming BSc (Hons)
Computer Science BSc (Hons)
Computer Security BSc (Hons)
Information and Communication Technology BSc (Hons)
Intelligent Systems BSc (Hons)
Mechatronics BEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)
Software Engineering BSc (Hons)
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