Engineering Programme - Year 1

The common-core curriculum in year 1 provides students with broad-based multi-disciplinary engineering training:
 
  • Technical and scientific courses make up 70% of the curriculum with the remaining 30% of the programme devoted to business sciences, social sciences, modern languages and sport.
  • Students benefit from first-hand professional experience during year 1 with a student business project in the second semester and a 4-week internship to discover the business world in July/August.
  • Students also commit to a civic engagement during their first year of studies whereby they make a contribution to society through volunteer work. This is to be completed by the end of March in Year 2.

Overview of the common-core curriculum in year 1 - 2022/23

Autumn Semester
Successful completion of the semester leads to the award of 30 ECTS.
 

lecture
hours

tutorial
hours
lab
hours
exam
 
total
hours
ECTS
credits
Engineering Courses*
Modelling Approaches in Mechanical Engineering  28  28 16 4 76 6
Product Design and Development  4  16 16 2 38 3
Energy, Environment and Climate Challenges 18 14 4 2 38 3
Physics and Fluid Dynamics 14 14 8 2 38 3
Engineering Elective - choose 1 of 6: 3
1. Information Systems 12 14 10 2 38
2. Electronics, Electric Actuators, Embedded Systems 14 10 12 2 38
3. Materials 12 12 12 2 38
4. Applied Thermodynamics 12 16  8 2 38
5. Biology 14 16 6 2 38
6. Production Management 16 12 8 2 38
Modern Languages 1 26  26  2
Modern Languages 2 26**  26**  2
Sports and Physical Education 26  26  2
Soft Skills (Business & Social Sciences) 64 4
Civic Engagement 2

* All (seven) engineering courses are taught in both semester 5 and semester 6. In the first year, the cohort is divided into 2 groups, the programme above reflects the example of one group. The order is reversed for the other group.

** 52 hours for Chinese /Japanese
Spring Semester

Successful completion of the semester leads to the award of 30 ECTS.
 

lecture
hours

tutorial
hours
lab
hours
exam
 
total
hours
ECTS
credits
Engineering Courses*
Engineering Mathematics  16  44 12 4 76 6
From Measurement to Control  26  26 20 4 76 6
Algorithms and Programming 6 12 18 2 38 3
Engineering Elective - choose 1 of 7: 3
1. Information Systems 12 14 10 2 38
2. Electronics, Electric Actuators, Embedded Systems 14 10 12 2 38
3. Materials 12 12 12 2 38
4. Applied Thermodynamics 12 16  8 2 38
5. Biology 14 16 6 2 38
6. Production Management 16 12 8 2 38
7. Architecture (Double Degree in Architecture Programme only) 34 0 70 0 104 ***
Modern Languages 1 26  26  2
Modern Languages 2 26**  26**  2
Sports and Physical Education 26  26  2
Soft Skills (Student Business Project, Business & Social Sciences) 114  5
Internship  1

* All (seven) engineering courses are taught in both semester 5 and semester 6. In the first year, the cohort is divided into 2 groups, the programme above reflects the example of one group. The order is reversed for the other group.
** 52 hours for Chinese /Japanese
*** 5 ECTS for soft skills and Architecture

Focus on Soft Skills

In addition to the acquisition of technical and scientific expertise, Centrale Nantes places a strong emphasis on personal development and the fostering of soft skills. Students undertake a Student Business Project in their first year and follow their choice of modules in Business Science and Social Science courses. They thus acquire soft skills, with their progress measured against a set of competencies in:
 
  • Personal development (employability: self-awareness, self-confidence),
  • Interaction with others (the eco-system of organisations, contributing to their operation and development)
  • Innovation in one's environment (ecology, innovation, entrepreneurship and finance, ability to take up challenges and understand complexity)
  • Project Management (project management, management methods, interpersonal interaction)
In addition to soft skills, two modern languages (English and a choice of second language) and sport are taught throughout the three years of the engineering programme.
Published on March 16, 2017 Updated on August 31, 2022