Module Details

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Title Group Engineering Design
Code MECH401
Coordinator Dr P Sareh
Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Eng
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 15


To present the fundamental principles of Engineering Product Design according to the Total design methodology.

To engage students in a multi-disciplinary group project to develop and justify an innovative engineering solution/product that is part of a grand challenge which is formulated from complex and uncertain factors.

To develop students team working, communication, project management, problem solving and critical evaluation skills.
To formulate a theoretical novel solution that is supported by valid evidence and meets an authentic need.

Learning Outcomes

(M1) (LO1) On successful completion of the module the students should be able to critically evaluate methodologies and associated outcomes, in order to select and use the most appropriate methods and identify good practice in the areas of:

- Product development processes – particularly “Total Design”
- Management of Engineering Design
- Tools and techniques employed in engineering design
- 3D computer Aided Design in Creo
- Materials and manufacturing process selection using Cambridge Engineering Selector software
- Design for Manufacture, Assembly and Sustainability
- Record keeping and meeting administration

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to reflect and evaluate factors which have an impact on and contribute to good practice in
-Group working
- Project planning and management
- Creative solutions of uncertain and open ended complex problems

(S2) On successful completion of the module students should be able to identify good practice and make and justify decisions which are based on a critical evaluation of data/solutions derived from the following design skills:
-Analysis of market and technical state of the art to identify innovation opportunity
- Preparation of product design specification
- Creative concept design through group brainstorming
- Formal approaches to Concept Variant Analysis
- Detailed design and embodiment in 3D CAD (Creo)
- Materials and manufacturing selection using CES
- Specification and sourcing of standard engineering components
- Preparation of 2D technical drawings
- Preparation of formal design review documents



Weeks 1-6
Lectures on Proposal report, Product Design Specification, Market Research
Group sessions to manage and complete preparation of the Proposal report

Weeks 7-12
Lectures on Brainstorming, Concept Generation, Sketching, Concept Evaluation
Group sessions to manage and complete preparation of the Concept Design Poster and CVA, WBS and Science Report

Weeks 13-22
Lectures on Detailed Design, Materials, Manufacturing Group sessions to complete fully embodied Creo model; consider materials and manufacturing issues; prepare the final design review

Weeks 23-24
Project completion, assessment submission, reflection and critical evaluation

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures (pre-recorded videos to be uploaded on a weekly basis)

Group design sessions facilitated by academic coach (online)

Group computer sessions (CAD) facilitated by academic coach (online)

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 24



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 0


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
3d CAD model (Creo) of design product  20 hours    20       
Conceptual Design Poster  20 hours    20       
Oral defence of poster (online)  10 hours    10       
Proposal Report  20 hours    20       
Final design review report featuring group and individual sections  30 hours    30       

Recommended Texts

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