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Unit information: Principles of Mechanical Engineering in 2021/22

Unit name Principles of Mechanical Engineering
Unit code MENG10006
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Yon
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit engages students with the basic analysis, design techniques and manufacturing methods employed in the development of machines. The material covers basic principles of dynamic systems and introduces students to common machine elements. In addition, they are provided with a broad overview of Design and Manufacture principles. Systematic methods to develop and rank product designs are introduced, and students are taught to appreciate the constraints and affordances of common manufacturing processes and recognise their impact on design creativity.

Students will be working in groups to solve an engineering problem that will require them to apply knowledge acquired in this unit, as well as other units offered in the first year of study. This will enable them to create links between engineering disciplines and apply their knowledge to meet a design brief/specification.

Throughout the unit, students will hone their engineering communication skillset using concept sketches, CAD, engineering drawings, schematics, numerical evaluations and written reports.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify(problem solving) a set of requirements for a product or system anddistil(synthesis) these requirements into a Product Design Specification.
  • Recognise(comprehension/understanding) the constraints imposed by common manufacturing processes and translate their impact on to the design of mechanical components
  • Generate(creativity) and systematicallyassess(evaluation) concept designs with respect to a Product Design Specification.
  • Describe (comprehension/understanding) the operation of, and perform calculations (application) on various machine elements
  • Recogniseanddescribe(comprehension/ understanding) the function of common parts, fasteners and mechanisms
  • Understandand explain(comprehension)the environmental impact of mechanicalengineeringoperations

Teaching Information

This unit will be delivered using a blended learning approach incorporating, as appropriate, a combination of lectures, seminars, and practical classes as well as supervised workshops. Essential training session must be completed during the winter assessment period, before the start of the teaching bloc.

Assessment Information

The summative assessment is based on a single coursework assignment in the form of a Design Project. Formative feedback on designs and project progress will be provided throughout the unit. This is a pass/fail unit.

Other Pass Requirements:

In addition to achieving the minimum pass mark in the Design Project students must complete the formative assessments underpinning the workshop practice sessions in order to be awarded credit points.


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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.