KB6011 - Mechanical System Design

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What will I learn on this module?

You will focus on Mechanical engineering system design and detailed skills required to design reliable machines through a systematic approach to engineering design encompassing the generic engineering design process, design methodology and components design. You will develop the skill of conducting analytical studies and apply critical thinking and comprehensiveness to your findings in order to evaluate the pros and cons of a range of options enabling you to identify the optimal strategy to develop further. Additionally, you will learn to communicate your analysis and design ideas succinctly in a professional manner both verbally and visually. You will gain experience of interpreting a design brief and identifying the key goals that must be achieved as well as areas where some flexibility may be negotiated or be desirable in order to optimise the outcome. You will learn how to think creatively in order to see an engineering problem from a number of perspectives in order that the optimal solution can be identified from the range of possible strategies.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through directed design exercises and case studies with a well-supported suite of lectures and in-class activities. At the start of the module a series of lectures and seminars will be used to help you build a framework of principles and ideas which you will later use in your directed and independent study as you work on your selected challenge. These sessions will also facilitate discussions about creative thinking and how this can be used to help generate novel engineering solutions to problems. You will learn through participation, actively engaging in open discussion and development of the various options that may be available to the engineering practitioner within the case studies presented. You will do this by the application of the techniques and tools introduced at the start of the module within short lectures which are then illustrated by ‘real world’ examples. Your participation in an active learning environment will enable you to evaluate your new knowledge through prepared and self-directed case studies. You will also work individually, with the guidance of a tutor, to generate a number of possible solutions to your selected engineering problem. Your analysis will enable you to identify the most favourable solution which you will then develop up to concept stage with accompanying further detailed analysis.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to direct contact with the module team during lectures and tutorials you will be encouraged to explore your own curiosity which may be discussed with tutors by making direct contact with the module team either via email or the open door philosophy operated throughout the programme. You will receive support from feedback from tutors during tutorials, lectures and IT laboratories. Your tutors will use the University’s eLearning Portal (eLP) to provide electronic versions of all module material. The University’s eLP offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning. The module taught content is available 24 hours, 7 days along with links to the reading list support, tutorial questions and appropriate web sites showing relation of the theory to the industrial context of the module. You will be additional supported in this module in the form of Individual contact -- students may visit the office of Lecturers to ask questions related to the module outside the scheduled contact time. You will be encouraged to develop your curiosity by making direct contact with the module team through email or a blackboard discussion forum in which you can actively engage with the staff and student peers in a dynamic learning space enabling you to clarify and resolve issues of concern. You will also be regularly directed to supporting resources including relevant texts, student software downloads and relevant multimedia materials, accessible via eLP. References to these resources will be made available through the eLP 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. Critically analyse aspects of sustainable development pertinent to engineering practice,
MLO2. Critically appraise data obtained through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3. Apply ethical judgement to demanding situations at the interface between society and technology.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO4. Exercise professional obligations to society and the environment.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments
1. Coursework (60% of module mark, 4000 words) which will consist of a component in design with endurance and a component in reverse Engineering. Feedback given to you individually in class within 20 working days of submission. MLOs1, 3.
2. Coursework (40% of module mark, 3000 words) which will consist of an individual component relating to engineering materials. Feedback given to you individually in class within 20 working days of submission. MLOs1, 2, 4.

Formative Assessments
Tutorials will involve discussion and problem solving sessions in which you will be able to consider, discuss and reflect on issues which will feed forward to your further learning and the assessed work.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Mechanical system design is about designing reliable machines through a systematic approach to engineering design encompassing the generic engineering design process, design methodology and components design. Various aspects of mechanical machines likes gears, drivelines, diaphragms and bearings will be comprehensively studied from an application perspective. You will develop the skill of conducting analytical studies and apply critical thinking and comprehensiveness to your findings in order to evaluate the pros and cons of a range of options enabling you to identify the optimal strategy to develop further. You will gain experience of interpreting a design brief and identifying the key goals that must be achieved as well as areas where some flexibility may be negotiated or be desirable in order to optimise the outcome. You will learn how to think creatively in order to see an engineering problem from a number of perspectives in order that the optimal solution can be identified from the range of possible strategies.

Course info

UCAS Code H303

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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