. My lecturer was a highly respected, experienced, serious and professional man who was a lecturer at Brunel University during the years 1997 to 2000 whilst I was there. I had and still do have the greatest respect for him. What he said was in all seriousness, and was the topic of an entire lecture, not just a passing quip. In his own words 'it's not how we designed things when I started out in engineering'.
I believe both Brunel University's reputation and the course's BEng accreditation are enough to show I was 'not on the wrong course'.
It's not a conspiracy, it's part of the BEng accredited material. Please, feel free to find out about planned obsolescence for yourself
(an interesting discussion on the ethics of the practice)
or on any of the other 700,000 examples you can find by simply googling the term.
Or you can just carry on with your head in the sand believing that nobody would be that mean - it's a free country.