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Unit information: Design Methods 1 in 2021/22

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Unit name Design Methods 1
Unit code CENG10013
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Harper
Open unit status Not open

Engineering by Design



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will build on the fundamental principles of design processes gained through ‘Engineering by Design’. It will introduce students to a range of design and manufacturing/construction processes and how such processes are applied in different industries. A strong focus will be placed on giving students exposure to interdisciplinary design projects and their accompanying environmental, social and economic considerations. This will be achieved using a combination of lectures, including guest lectures from industrial partners, and industrial visits.

The unit will also provide essential skills in two main types of design/analysis tools that are widely used in engineering design processes:

1. Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for representing the design of physical products/infrastructure and producing manufacturing/assembly drawings. 2. Mathematical Modelling for design analysis/optimisation and its application using computer programming.

The learning aims will be consolidated by providing experience of addressing an open-ended design brief and communicating work in written, visual and verbal formats. The knowledge and experience gained in this unit is also expected to help inform students’ chosen specialisation in later years of the Engineering Design course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit the student should be able to:

1. Explain a range of standard design techniques and how these vary depending on the application/industrial sector in which they are being applied.

2. Identify and describe typical manufacturing/construction processes for both mechanical products and civil infrastructure.

3. Describe the main environmental and Health & Safety considerations for typical manufacturing/construction processes.

4. Use computer programming skills to create computer-based mathematical models for use within design/analysis processes.

5. Evaluate and explain the benefits/limitations of computer modelling compared with physical testing.

6. Apply Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to represent the design of physical products/infrastructure and produce manufacturing and assembly drawings.

7. Apply a structured design process to develop and evaluate a solution to an open-ended design brief.

8. Present technical material in written, visual and verbal formats.

Teaching Information

Teaching will consist of lectures, design workshops, computer programming/CAD classes and industrial visits.

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 participate in at least 75% of the formative design reviews and computing exercises 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.

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