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ES174 - Design for Function

  • Module code: ES174
  • Module name: Design for Function
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to introduce students to the complexities of the design task and equip them with some of the techniques and experience required to design for a function and manufacturing/construction process within their discipline.

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of the module the student should be able to: Imagine and create innovative products; Understand and follow production procedures and manage processes and resources; Understand the nature of materials, information and systems; Demonstrate awareness of the relationships between technology and society; Balance competing technical, commercial, socio-environmental concerns in engineering design; Plan the management of resources, processes and products in the light of preferred futures; Identify and assess both the beneficial and malignant impacts of designs and products; Demonstrate an awareness of design for Civil, Electronic, Manufacturing & Mechanical engineering; Apply a methodical approach to the solution of design problems; Use simple computational tools to aid the application of theoretical models to the quantitative design of functional components; Appreciate the available range and limitations of manufacturing/construction processes and propose suitable processes for simple products; Appreciate the basic concepts and the terminology of materials science as applied in all major branches of engineering so that they are sufficiently able to hold discussions with specialists in a multi-disciplinary team; Use their knowledge to undertake a range of calculations and computations for design purpose; Maintain a design portfolio and produce professional quality design documentation; Demonstrate an advance in their ability to learn new material and techniques; Demonstrate effective project management practices and apply professional judgement; Demonstrate an improvement in their cognitive skills; Demonstrate experience of using CAD tools and other software for design and communication; Communicate in a professional and scientific manner; Demonstrate an ability to learn; Exercise time management; Demonstrate cognitive skills; Apply basic numerical skills to the solution of problems. "

Timetabled teaching activities

All terms. This module includes 40 hours of lectures, 26 hours of seminars, 54 hours of laboratory and project sessions. Required self-study: 180 hours

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Other essential notes

This is a core module for Year 1.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: ES174-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 6.7%
Assessed Course Work 13.3%
Assessed Course Work 13.3%
Assessed Course Work 26.7%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • BEng Engineering (H106) - Year 1
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 1
  • BEng Civil Engineering (H210) - Year 1
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H211) - Year 1
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering (H310) - Year 1
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 1
  • BEng Automotive Engineering (H330) - Year 1
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H331) - Year 1
  • BEng Electronic Engineering (H634) - Year 1
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H635) - Year 1
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH37) - Year 1
  • BEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH73) - Year 1
  • BSc Engineering and Business Studies (HN11) - Year 1
  • BEng Engineering Business Management (HN12) - Year 1
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