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ES192 - Engineering Design

  • Module code: ES192
  • Module name: Engineering Design
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Design is a major activity within all branches of engineering. Similar design methods and skills can be applied at many levels of detail from the conceptual arrangement of a complex system down to the physical embodiment of its constituent parts. Designers use a range of skills and a repertoire of prior knowledge to synthesise an appropriate solution that satisfies the various constraints of the problem. Their efficiency and success depend on judicious use of analysis, experience and creativity. Modern designers need to possess a range of skills, including; the ability to generate innovative designs and solutions to problems, the ability to design for a particular manufacturing process, the ability to collaborate effectively across teams and the ability deliver compelling presentations of designs. While the delivery of precise and detailed engineering designs is a key skill, the impact of pervasive simulation tools, automated and generative design tools, as well as cloud computing and cyber-physical systems means that designers of the future will require both traditional design and manufacturing knowledge as well as a whole new repertoire of skills. 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 that are fit for purpose; • Balance competing technical, commercial, regulatory, socio-environmental requirements in engineering design; • Apply a methodical approach to the solution of design problems from design conceptualisation through to design verification; • Use computational tools to aid the application of theoretical models to the quantitative design of functional components; • Develop effective team-working practices; • Develop effective project management skills; • Develop effective communication behaviours.

Timetabled teaching activities

12 hours of lectures, 4 hours of seminars, 22 hours of laboratory exercises, 36 hours design projects. Total of 74 hours.

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Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the module.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES192-15)
A2 (Assessed work only) Term 1 Portfolio 20.3%
  Electronics Design 13.2%
  Group Report Sprint 1 33.4%
  Group Report Sprint 1 33.4%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • BEng Engineering (H113) - Year 1
  • MEng Engineering (H114) - Year 1
  • BEng Biomedical Systems Engineering (H161) - Year 1
  • MEng Biomedical Systems Engineering (H163) - Year 1
  • BEng Civil Engineering (H216) - Year 1
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H217) - Year 1
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering (H315) - Year 1
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H316) - Year 1
  • BEng Automotive Engineering (H335) - Year 1
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H336) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering (H605) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (H606) - Year 1
  • BEng Electronic Engineering (H63W) - Year 1
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H63X) - Year 1
  • BEng Systems Engineering (HH35) - Year 1
  • BEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH75) - Year 1
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH76) - Year 1
  • BSc Engineering and Business Studies (HN11) - Year 1
  • BEng Engineering Business Management (HN15) - Year 1
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