Module Catalogue

MEC3103 : Product Design Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Didier Talamona
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


This module will give candidates experience of working as part of a team to complete an industrially sourced project for an external industrial client.

Outline Of Syllabus

Project teams will have approx 4-6 students. The projects will address a wide variety of topics, dependent upon the particular project, but all with relevance to Mechanical Engineering.

The structure of the projects will be common:

Week 1: Formation of teams and receipt of project brief.
Weeks 2/3: Meeting with company key contact to discuss (i) brief, (ii) initial research and (iii) project plan.
Weeks 4/5: Meeting with key contact to (i) deliver interim report and (ii) agree project plan to end of project.
Weeks 10/11: Deliver final report and presentation

Between weeks 4/5 and 10/11 teams will be able to contact the company informally for guidance, but the extent of this will be limited to one call or e-mail per week.

Each project team will have an identified mentor who will meet with them on a weekly basis to provide feedback and guidance.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:0026:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submissions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching124:0048:00Extended team design activity to address problem and develop professional skills.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00Briefings and formative feedback sessions.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study164:0064:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Private and Team Study: This is a project based module, with candidates expected to work both as part of their team and independently to complete their project.

Company Liaison: In order to gain the industrial knowledge and skills teams will need to liaise with their external company.

Small Group Teaching: Will primarily offer support and guidance for project management and communication.

Seminars & Tutorials: Used to provide technical, managerial and skills development support to teams and candidates.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation301A35Individual Design Presentation.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Interim group report and short presentation to the company (approximately 11 hours).
Report1M35Final group report on outcome of the project (approx 22.5 hours).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reports and presentation will be given a single team mark. Peer and self assessment, and tutor feedback will be used to assess the relative contribution of each student to the team, and this will be translated into a “peer group factor” for each individual. The “peer group factors” will then be used to directly scale the group mark to obtain an individual mark.

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