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Unit information: Engineering Design Practice in 2021/22

Unit name Engineering Design Practice
Unit code CENG20024
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. White
Open unit status Not open

CENG10014 Design and Computing

CENG10011 Design Project and Methods 1



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to:

  • Different approaches to the conceptual design process, and associated design and manufacturing methods, tools and techniques;
  • The nature of design, design fixation, and design thinking, in a socio-cultural and global context;
  • Working as part of a creative design team and the nature of learning to design;
  • Discovery and definition of design problems and requirements through appropriate research;
  • Management of the conceptual design process and evaluate outcomes;
  • Communication of design work to a non-technical audience;
  • Engagement with and reflection upon the open, complex, networked, and dynamic problems of modern society.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Manage a variety of design processes within the freedoms and constraints of real-world problems;
  2. Use a variety of design processes, methods and tools to create and evaluate innovative design concepts;
  3. Critically review and reflect upon the use of different design methods, tools, and frameworks;
  4. Appreciate and reflect upon the nature of design and design knowledge;
  5. Use visual and verbal literacy to communicate design information by written report and oral presentation;
  6. Manage the freedoms and constraints of a real design problem;
  7. Organise a team and manage tasks, scheduling and budgets;
  8. Use a variety of design methods and tools to create and evaluate successful design solutions;
  9. Communicate design information clearly by oral presentation, drawing/model and written report;
  10. Reflect on personal and group design activity, including design process and the use of design methods and tools;
  11. Use a variety of practical tools and techniques to build and test a physical prototype.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Literature review and design reflection exercise – individual – (ILOs 1-6, 10) (30%)

Design project report – completed in pairs – (ILOs 1,2, 5-9) (30%)

Design build and test project submission – group project – (ILOs 1,2, 5-9, 11) (40%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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