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PDES3175 Mechanical Systems

20 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Dr R J Holt

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


PDES1195Engineering Analysis for Product Designers
PDES1365Basic Electronics for Product Design
PDES2525Advanced Electronics for Product Design

Module replaces

PDES 3170 Mechanical Systems

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module will introduce students to the principles of mechanical systems to give them the skills required to build working prototypes. This will concentrate on the value of working prototypes and mechanical systems in product design, and the selection of appropriate standard components to meet required performance criteria.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- define and sketch out a range of simple mechanisms and describe their function;
- use component catalogues and data sheets to select standard electromechanical parts to satisfy defined performance criteria;
- redesign a given mechanism using standard parts to meet new performance criteria; and
- define and construct a working prototype using standard electromechanical parts.


This module will provide knowledge of mechanical systems and the selection of standard parts. Students will learn how to perform design calculations to determine performance requirements, and to use data sheets and component catalogues to select parts that meet these requirements.

Lectures will cover the following topics:
- The different types of motion and mechanical advantage provided by mechanisms;
- Data sheets, component catalogues, and how to present design calculations and system requirements;
- Specific calculations and use of data sheets for given mechanisms and their associated standard parts, providing linear, rotary, intermittent, reciprocating, oscillation, and irregular movement;
- Specific calculations and use of data sheets for electrical components commonly interfaced with mechanical system (such as motors).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
In Course Assessment32.006.00
Private study hours175.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Working through provided example sheets (22 hours)
Carrying out Coursework (80 hours)
Revision and exam preparation (73 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Example sheets and model solutions for each Lecture.
Worked Examples During Each Lecture.
5 x Design Reviews to give formative feedback on coursework.
Although assessed summatively the coursework portfolio also offers the opportunity for Formative feedback ahead of the exam, and it has been scheduled so that students can use the feedback in their exam revision, if appropriate.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPorfolio - 10 A3 pages40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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