Micro-credentials are short, accredited flexible modules that are designed to future proof professional learners for the new world of work.  Commencing in September 2021, five engineering micro-credentials will be delivered through a blended formula encompassing online lectures, group work and practicals.

Professional Engineers can advance their knowledge of sustainable engineering and technologies, identify current challenges and explore emerging areas of engineering. They reflect the ethos of the School of Engineering; being at the forefront of the knowledge and skills required to meet the challenges facing the world today – the increasing pressure on resources and the need for more sustainable approaches to all aspects of life.   

Air Pollution: Monitoring, Assessment and Control

Air pollution represents a global health challenge and is directly contributing to climate change. It is present in both outdoor and indoor environments. Learners will have the opportunity to (i) advance their knowledge and expertise in air pollution monitoring and assessment to understand the challenge, and (ii) investigate adaptation and mitigation measures to control air pollution at micro- and macro-scales. 

Cyber-physical Systems and Control

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are not merely a rebranding of embedded systems (a computer inside a mechanism). They are networks of devices, performing challenging tasks, often in complex swarm formations. In our CPS module labs, we build drones: uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) is a poster child of CPS. From individual work on building the drone, to the group work on making the swarm fly safely, the lab procedures match those in industry. We also address the questions of CPS economy, security, sustainability and ethics. CPS represents a wide transdisciplinary playground for future researchers, and provide essential skills for the industry professional.

Transport Modelling and Planning

This module covers the theories and contemporary issues in this field. Transportation of people and goods is vital to a functioning and prosperous society. However, this movement does account for a significant amount of our greenhouse gas emissions and can have several impacts upon air quality and quality of life measurements. Our course follows the modelling approach used by the National Transport Authority and explains some of the fundamental theories that underpin this approach. Students will learn about this and other contemporary approaches to plan our transportation networks into the future.

Low Carbon Power Technology

This course will establish the foundational physical principles that enable the extraction of useful work/energy from various sources (thermal, fluid, chemical, nuclear etc.), and present the current state of the art in power generation machinery. The important methods of power generation will each be examined, with foundational analysis, in the context of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar Energy Conversion and Applications

This course will give participants an extended foundation of the main concepts of solar energy conversion and applications and will enable them to practically apply their knowledge in the field as well as in research and development.  Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of current advances in solar energy, principles of operation of solar thermal and photovoltaic devices, technological challenges and their applications. 

Application deadline is 28th August.  For full course & application details: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/micro-credentials/engineering/