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CME2026 : Design of Experiments (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0


To provide students with a fundamental understanding of the basic experimental designs that play an important role in process development and process troubleshooting.

This module addresses a real area of practical applicability in the process and manufacturing industries. Typically when identifying the best operating point in a process, the best material, experimenters will change one variable at a time. This is extremely inefficient in terms of resources and within this course an approach to efficient and effective data collection is introduced. A structured approach, termed experimental design, to collecting data is described that ensures the operating space is covered by the data.

Outline Of Syllabus

Design of Experiments: The importance of design in industry; Hypothesis testing; Completely Randomised Designs; Randomised Block Designs; Factorial Designs.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00Numerical practice
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study16:306:30Report writing
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the statistical concepts and theory and their application in process engineering. Numerical practice classes support the learning introduced in lectures through the students having the opportunity to apply the concepts to a number of problems varying in terms of complexity.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M20Week 9 One computer based assignment covering the various design procedures introduced in the lectures.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The computer based assessment allows engineering problems to be set and solved using computer software. It also provides the opportunity for the key skills listed above to be assessed. The examination enables the assessment of whether the students have understood the difference in the methodologies and whether they are sufficiently conversant with the different techniques to enable them to use them in a practical situation.

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