Engineering

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ECM3163 - Mechanical Engineering Design Studies (2019)

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MODULE TITLEMechanical Engineering Design Studies CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3163 MODULE CONVENERDr Timothy Holsgrove (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 86
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

When producing a new motorbike, a team of engineers needs to go through a number of manufacturing stages before completing the product - but none of this can happen without a winning design to ignite the process.
 

This module teaches you the practical aspects of mechanical engineering design. Drawing on your previous knowledge, you'll embark on project work, as part of a small design team, to identify a new, exciting product; providing a unique function or solving a real world problem. Then using computer aided design (CAD) you create a model of your innovative device.

To design, you need to understand every stage of the engineering process, as well as the cost, so you will also learn about the implications and practicalities of using various materials and manufacturing methods. As the emphasis is on the design stage, rather than fabricating the actual device, you are evaluated on your ability to work as part of a team, to give a presentation and to demonstrate an understanding of how it will be made, plus being marked on the quality of the idea itself. Completing this module equips you with the design tools and practical experience to move on to more complex problems and the ability to design a new product for the market, using CAD software packages such as "Solidworks".


Prerequisite module: ECM1102 or equivalent

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to give you experience of the practical aspects of detailed mechanical engineering design, drawing on the theory taught in previous modules. It is also designed to give you experience of working in a design team.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

This is a constituent module of one or more degree programmes which are accredited by a professional engineering institution under licence from the Engineering Council. The learning outcomes for this module have been mapped to the output standards required for an accredited programme, as listed in the current version of the Engineering Council’s ‘Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’ document (AHEP-V3).

 

This module contributes to learning outcomes: SM6m, EA3p, EA3m, EA4p, EA4m, EA6m, D1p-D6p, D1m-D8m, ET3p, ET3m, ET4p, ET4m, ET6p, ET6m, ET7m, EP1p-EP4p, EP1m-EP4m, EP8p, EP8m, EP10m, EP9p, EP11m, G1p-G4p, G1m-G4m

 

A full list of the referenced outcomes is provided online: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/emps/subjects/engineering/accreditation/

 

The AHEP document can be viewed in full on the Engineering Council’s website, at http://www.engc.org.uk/

 

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 apply your previous learning to the development of the detailed design of an engineering device including, inter alia, detailed design analysis, calculations, materials selection, and prototype drawings;

2 demonstrate experience of component selection for sub assemblies in the final device in the light of detailed calculations;

3 demonstrate other subject specific skills dependent on the nature of their design study;

4 use suitable software aids (eg ANSYS, FLUENT, SOLIDWORKS) in the exploration of the design solution.

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

5 think creatively and integrate advanced subject specific knowledge and understanding from previous modules into the analysis and solution of a challenging design problem;

6 analyse critically the important features of competitors’ products;

7 assess the merits of a number of design solutions taking into account conflicting factors;

8 develop a suitable design specification;

9 recognise the existence of the many pressures and constraints on engineering design.

 

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

10 extract, filter and process a wide range of information;

11 reveal advanced team skills;

12 demonstrate improved presentational skills;

13 show enhanced report writing skills;

14 exhibit strong interpersonal skills;

15 prove experience of providing critical feedback to colleagues;

16 defend your reasoning and conclusions against probing questioning

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- design and team selection;

- consultation;

- definition of problem, research and PDS;

- preliminary ideas;

- finalisation of concept and design;

- details of design and drawings;

- critical review;

- costing and scheduling;

- presentation;

- peer review.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 65.00 Guided Independent Study 85.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30 Consultation
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30 Presentation
Guided independent study 85 Group design work

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Presentations     Feedback provided in class
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 70 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 30
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – Group Design Report, Group Executive Summary 20   All Written and Verbal
Practical – Group presentations 30   All Written & in class questions/answers
Coursework - Group Design Report - Individual report of desing, calculations and drawings 50   All Written and verbal
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Coursework (100%) All Completed over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

There is no set text for this module. You are expected to make use of existing sources including the library, manufacturers’ information sheets, the world wide web etc.

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM1102
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 17 August 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mechanical engineering design; design methodologies.