Module Catalogue

MEC2103 : Concurrent Design and Manufacture

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Steven Tay
  • Lecturer: Dr Didier Talamona
  • Owning School: Mechanical & Systems Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop the students' ability to consider: the design process; manufacturing methods, and material selection, all "concurrently". The students will be introduced to solid modelling software (Autodesk Inventor) which will not only be used to generate 3D models but also 2D technical drawings. The module will be assessed entirely by project based assignments.

Outline Of Syllabus

Engineering drawing:
Orthographic projection systems (1st and 3rd angle)
Fundamental drawing and dimensioning practices
Engineering fits and limit dimensions
Geometric product specification (encompassing dimensioning and tolerances)
Surface texture and topographical analysis

Principles of mechanical components/systems:
Transmission and Drive systems

Manufacturing techniques:
Overview of processes
Introduction to production planning
Advanced processes
Materials selection

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Oral Presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion47:3030:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture152:0030:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical53:0015:00Computer sessions (using Autodesk Inventor) to apply taught material, develop design
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching203:0060:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study164:3064:30Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are used to develop the understanding of mechanical design and manufacturing processes, with reference to ISO standards where applicable. Interactive computer sessions are delivered using: Autodesk Inventor to enhance practice design skills, and CES EduPak to build an understanding of materials selection. Independent study is an opportunity for the students to consolidate knowledge gained from lectures, computer sessions and tutorials to enhance the output of their concurrent design and manufacturing project.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1801A40Open book timed exercise
Written Examination902A5Open book timed Manufacture Summative Assessment.
Oral Examination302A10Individual interview (end of semester 2) for the concurrent design and manufacture project.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M20Concurrent design and manufacture project, group report (max 7.5 hours). 10 pages excluding figures. Max 2000 words
Report2M10Individual logbook to accompany the group report for the concurrent design and manufacture project.
Report2M15Manufacturing assignment (max 7.5 hours). 10 pages. Max 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Engineering design (incorporating principles of technical drawing and 3D modelling using CAD software); and materials selection (using EduPak) are an important prerequisite to undertaking project work. This knowledge is assessed in a 3 hour open book exercise at the end of semester 1 and counts towards 40% of the module.

The “concurrent design and manufacture” group project consists of final group reports (20% and 15% of the module, respectively); individual logbook (10% of the module); individual interview (10% of the module) and a summative assessment on manufacture (5% of the module). The project is supervised from mid of semester one to semester two, with submission required by the end of semester 2. Guidance and formative feedback will be provided “concurrently” by allocated project supervisors.

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