MEC1010 : Design and Manufacturing I

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 15.0


To produce engineering designers with "concurrent engineering" capability, integrating materials and manufacturing process selection into a structured design methodology based on the application of basic engineering and scientific principles. There is an emphasis on sustainability issues alongside design creativity.

Outline Of Syllabus

Design Communication (drafting to BS8888, CAD, solid modelling, assembly modelling).
Common components and assemblies (dimensions, tolerances, surface finish, limits and fits).
Manufacturing (costs, processes and their selection, materials selection).
Design Methodology (design process, customer focus, integration of engineering science).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion56:0030:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submissions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical183:0054:00Practical experience of design and manufacture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical153:0045:00Engineering drawing and CAD/CAM
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures help students to identify and apply appropriate design and manufacturing methods for the various stages of the design process and the appropriate tools, techniques and technology to solve design problems.
- Computing practicals provide structured and supported opportunities to practise drawing skills.
- Student workshop allows students "hands-on" experience of the concepts taught and to appreciate the practical issues in implementing the technology.
- Industrially-focussed workshop courses raise student awareness of manufacturing issues.
- Private study allows students to consolidate knowledge gained from lectures, seminars and practicals to generate their own designs.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M5Weekly updates and drawings (Semesters 1 and 2). (Max 7.5 hours).
Report1M28Interim report (3000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt1M12Workshop courses.
Report1M10Interim submission of logbook
Report2M32Final report and testing (3000 words).
Report2M13Final submission of logbook.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project helps students to acquire skills in communicating their design ideas, concepts and solutions effectively. A range of design issues including material selection, sustainability, reliability, costs etc are assessed from both the interim and final reports

Assessing the workshop ensures that practical skills have been learnt and these are also informally assessed during the course and through tests of the designs themselves

Drawings are regularly assessed to ensure that students are proficient engineering communicators through this medium

Weekly updates provide experience in regular summary report writing, as would occur in an industrial situation.

Logbooks are maintained and assessed to teach importance of research and design development in a traceable manner reflecting the requirements in all subsequent stages as well as industrial relevance for QA/QC and auditing.

For the purposes of professional body accreditation, in order to obtain a passing mark overall for this module (40%) at the first attempt the minimum acceptable mark for each of the assessment items specified below shall be 30%, with the maximum possible module overall mark where this is not the case being restricted to 35% (Undergraduate Progress Regulations):

(1)10% Off-campus Workshop Course.

(2)90% Design Work

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