KB4003 - Introduction to Engineering Design [Mechanical]

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of concepts and methods of the design process and the use of engineering materials to create and develop economically viable products to satisfy customer and user needs. You will learn through workshops (laboratory) include both "paper" and practical "design-make-test" exercises which require an understanding (that will be developed in the module) of the different properties of engineering materials. You will be identifying design constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety issues will be considered. You will be using computer software to aid the design process, including the production of engineering drawings (2D draughting and 3D Modelling). You will learn to understand the competitive nature of the product development industry. The result of your learning will be the development of your ability to manufacture product prototypes

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory exercises, all delivered by a very student friendly team. Your learning is also encouraged through your assessment by allowing you time to fully explore the application of the scheduled delivery to the creation of a product design through the application of a state-of-the-art software systems in2D draughting and 3D CAD modelling. A further assignment allows you to learn the ability to work as a member of a team to design, make and test a prototype product and also to participate the annual IMechE undergraduate design challenge or similar externally set design competition. By immersion in these environments you will explore your learning in design and prototype production within the framework of simulated practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module team through scheduled lectures, seminars and workshop (laboratory) sessions. In the workshops you will be supported by technicians to learn to safely operate machine tools in your group project for the ‘design-make-and test’ project of a prototype product. In the seminars you will supported by members of the teaching team to demonstrate the use of computer-aided design system in 2D draughting and 3D CAD modelling.

Formative feedback will be provided to you on the work undertaken in the seminars and laboratories. This provides a mechanism for informing you regularly on your progress through the module to support your development and instill confidence in your acquired learning. The most appropriate use of the eLearning Portal (online platform) is made in the module where the module taught content is provided 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.

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, including cost drivers, environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety and risk assessment issues.
MLO2 Apply a systems approach to the design of product specifications, considering user needs and product aesthetics.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Apply appropriate codes of practice and industry standards such as BS 8888-2 to produce 2D and 3D engineering and assembly drawings.
MLO4 Apply a ‘design-make-test’ process to the manufacture of a product

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Work independently and within a team to evaluate success in the design and manufacture of a product.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

Assignment 1 (50%) will be an individual assignment which will engage you in the creation of a report based on your seminar and laboratory work for 2D draughting and 3D CAD modelling. Your report will comprise of engineering and assembly drawings for engineering products in accordance with the BS8888-2 standard (submit in hardcopy). MLO2, 3

Assignment 2 (50%) will involve you working in a group to create a report based on the development of a prototype product. This will include:

• investigating and defining a problem
• developing a product specification, including the production of appropriate 2D and 3D engineering and assembly drawings in accordance with the ISO Standard 01.100: Technical drawings or BS8888-2 standard
• the manufacture of a prototype product
• evaluating the outcome of the development process. MLO1, 4, 5

Feedback on the summative items to be submitted for this module will be delivered formally highlighting errors and misunderstanding in your thinking and areas of good performance to enable you to learn through reflection on this feedback and carry that learning onto the next assessment task.

Formative Assessments

Formative feedback will be provided to you on seminar and laboratory work, e.g. on design, make and test exercises including the production of engineering drawings. This feedback is designed to inform you of your progress in acquiring knowledge and understanding in this module. MLO1, 2, 3, 4

Verbal and written formative feedback will be provided to you as appropriate during the seminars and laboratories.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The module will introduce you to the concepts and methods of the design process and the use of engineering materials to create and develop economically viable products to satisfy customer and user needs. Students will produce 2D and 3D CAD drawings and will assemble engineering products. Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Investigate and define problems, identifying and explaining constraints that may occur at the concept design stage, including cost drivers, environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety and risk assessment issues.
2. Apply a systems approach to the design of product specifications, considering user needs and product aesthetics.
3. Using state-of-the-art computer software to apply appropriate codes of practice and industry standards such as ISO Standard 01.100: Technical drawings or BS 8888-2, to produce 2D and 3D engineering and assembly drawings.
4. Apply a ‘design-make-test’ process to the manufacture of a product
5. Evaluate the outcome of a product design
6. Familiarise with an e-learning technology for enhanced learning , for example, online submission of assignments, formulate discussion groups etc.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate a challenge project proposed by the Professional Body, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. By engaging this project you will enhance your employability by demonstrating your understanding and ability to perform amid the competitive world of product development.

Course info

UCAS Code H304

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

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