KB4005 - Introduction to Vehicle Design

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What will I learn on this module?

The module provides you with an introduction to vehicle design. Where yYou will be introduced the theoretical aspects of concepts and methods of the vehicle design process. You will use design methods and engineering materials to create and develop economically viable vehicle parts and components to satisfy customer and end-user needs. You will carry out both computer-aided design (CAD) and practical "design-make-test" exercises which require an understanding of the different approaches to vehicle engineering design.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn design techniques including constraints, environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety issues. You will use specialist computer software to aid the design process, including the production of engineering drawings and the manufacture of prototypes.
The module will be delivered to you through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory exercises. Summative assessment will be via two assignments. Assignment 1 will be an individual assignment where you will be involved in the design of vehicle components using specialized software. In Assignment 2 you will be working in groups to design and build car prototypes. Formative feedback will be given to you during seminars and laboratories.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to direct contact with the module team during lectures and seminars, you will learn how to design parts and get hands-on experience building prototype cars. You will also be regularly referred to supporting resources including relevant texts, student software downloads and relevant multimedia materials. References to these resources will be made available to you through the e-learning portal and in lectures and seminars.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Investigate and define problems, identifying and explaining constraints that may occur at the concept design stage.
MLO2 Apply a systematic approach to the design of product specifications, and apply appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.
MLO3 Apply a 'design-make-test' process to the manufacture of vehicle parts and components.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO4 Understanding the principles of Transmission system and design using the software and final building of the prototype.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Increases awareness and proficiency in exploiting design techniques to solve physical and engineering problems.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

Coursework (50% 3000 words or equivalent). Individual written feedback will be given to students within 20 working days. MLO1, 2, 4, 5

Coursework (50%) which involves students working in groups on a ‘design-make-test' which is assessed through an individual report 3000 words or equivalent ). Individual written feedback given within 20 working days of submission. MLO1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Formative Assessments

Seminars. Verbal formative feedback will be provided through discussion in class including about problems designed to aid you to develop your knowledge and skills to feed forward to the assessments. MLO1, 2, 5





Module abstract

The module will introduce the theoretical aspects of the vehicle design process and the use of engineering materials to create and develop economically viable vehicle parts and components to satisfy customer and user needs. It will include both computer-aided design and practical "design-make-test" exercises which require an understanding of the properties of engineering materials. You will learn about research methods for the experimental validation and modelling of vehicle components and then apply those methods to design and build vehicle prototype through the use of the Automotive Engineering laboratory facilities and through the use of industry-standard software. It be assessed via two assignments, the first one involves the design of vehicle components using specialised software while the second one involves working in groups to design and build car prototypes.

Course info

UCAS Code H3P4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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