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Unit information: Engineering Practice in 2020/21

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Unit name Engineering Practice
Unit code MENG20007
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Snider
Open unit status Not open

MENG16000 Design and Manufacture 1

MENG11511 Computer-based Modelling 1



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

In this unit, students will learn and develop core skills required to effectively design solutions to engineering problems and practice as a professional engineer.

Combining design, manufacture, mechatronics, engineering modelling, and professional skills, the unit supports students through a number of realistic engineering problems and activities core to practicing engineers. Through each area, students will develop the design, analysis, and professional skills required treat problems as would an industry engineer, to produce high-quality engineering designs using a variety of methods, and to evaluate and communicate designs and their performance. Activities within each area allow students to develop specific skills, understand the inter-relationships between areas, and apply cross-subject skills to make decisions and develop solutions in a single project context.

Specifically, students will develop skills and gain experience in:

  • Analysing design problems and generating technical and non-technical information through a variety of methods.
  • Using real-world engineering process and tools to develop high performing machines and products.
  • Using processes and knowledge from across their engineering learning and applying them to solve design problems.
  • Communicating ideas, designs, and technical information effectively.
  • Making decisions and working effectively with incomplete information in uncertain environments.
  • Working in groups to produce a common output.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful engagement with the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate and appraise engineering problems (problem working) to develop representative descriptions (synthesis) in the form of technical analyses, models, simulations, and specifications.
  2. Identify (problem working) and develop (synthesis) required information using appropriate methods, including technical analyses, modelling, estimation, and research.
  3. Recognise (comprehension) constraints imposed on design by manufacturing, operation, and higher-level priorities, and design, balance, and optimise (synthesis) systems and components for each.
  4. Develop processes for solving engineering problems, and select and use engineering tools, processes, and systems (application) to develop design outputs and their process of manufacture (creativity/synthesis).
  5. Appraise (evaluation) performance (design / system / project) with respect to multiple criteria and develop (problem working) design improvements and optimisations.
  6. Identify the impact of design decisions (problem working) and justify (communication) rationale for those made.
  7. Articulate (communication) technical design information, design outputs, results, and rationale using a range of appropriate methods.
  8. Identify, evaluate and compose (problem working, evaluation, synthesis) mitigation plans for risk issues, including health and safety, environmental hazards, risk assessment, and management techniques.
  9. Articulate, critique, and apply (communication, evaluation, application) management techniques to achieve engineering objectives and monitor progress against targets, including project and change management, and allocation of resource.
  10. Articulate (communication) the key drivers for business success, including innovation, calculated commercial risks, and customer satisfaction, and demonstrate (application) core principles in solutions to engineering design problems.
  11. Assess (evaluation) and plan (synthesis) self-learning and performance improvement as the foundation for lifelong learning and continuous professional development

Teaching Information

The unit will have a blended learning approach incorporating a combination of synchronous and asynchronous lectures, seminars, and practical classes, as well as several self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

The unit will be assessed through a single coursework assignment, evidencing skills developed throughout the unit in a project context.

This coursework is supported through exercises and quizzes. Feedback will be provided through formative assessments running throughout the year.

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