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MECH2300 Design & Manufacture for Mechatronics & Robotics

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Natalie Gilkeson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Use solid modelling software to create solid models, assembly models and simple engineering drawings.
2. Follow a structured process to design mechatronic devices.
3. Appreciate how to design or select machine elements (e.g. shafts, gears and bearings)
4. Describe the capabilities of some basic manufacturing processes.
5. Integrate the modules subject matter with design science from other modules to design and build simple mechatronic devices.
6. Take into account ethical considerations when carrying out design tasks

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Create and apply solid models and assemblies using a CAD system [D6, EA3m]
2. Prepare simple sketches, detailed and layout drawings and interpret them as corresponding 3D objects [D6]
3. Produce simple bills of materials [D6]
4. Explain measurement in the context of limits and fits [P2m]
5. Appreciate the capabilities and limitations of common manufacturing processes [P2m].
6. Understand and use a typical NC process to rapid prototype components [D6, P2m].
7. Perform bottom-up and top-down design of simple mechatronic assemblies using an engineering methodology, and by applying engineering science, including preparation of simple specifications [D2, D5, P3, G1]
8. Select appropriate standard components for a simple application.
9. Describe the iterative nature of design, in which an ambiguous specification evolves through analytical refinement into a concrete product definition through corrective steps [D2]
10. Recognize the need for trade-offs in product functionality.
11. Practice project planning and appreciate team working [D5, P11m, G1].
12. Take into account ethical considerations such as sustainability issues and product life-cycle assessment when designing engineering products [D2, EL1m]
13. Explain the rationale of the engineering design choices they have made [D6, G1].


The module includes two team-based design and build activities involving the design and construction of, typically, a buggy or simple robot arm within which Level 2 engineering science can be applied. This can include solid mechanics, use of simulation, electronics, and use of controllers with sensors and actuators.

On line lectures introduce material on selection of standard components; NC processes and rapid prototyping; and assessment against financial criteria.

Structured design processes are introduced and practiced through lectures, and further implemented by the students during design and build activities.

Development of transferrable skills, including the writing of reports, team working and ethics, is supported through lectures and workshops, and practiced during design and build activities.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
In Course Assessment122.0024.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment14.004.00
Group learning202.0040.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours61.00
Total Contact hours119.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent learning includes study of on-line screen casts on machine elements, manufacturing processes and drawing conventions (approximately 20 hours in total), which can be augmented by selected reading of course texts. This material is not covered in lectures.
61 hours of independent study to prepare for examination.
40 hours of timetabled, unsupervised group learning to prepare reports of team-based, design and build activities.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week, plus a combination of MCQ quizzes, one-page summary or activity to complete is required as a submission after each topic (every other week).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentIn class test on ability to use solid modelling software25.00
In-course AssessmentMCQ test25.00
AssignmentGroup Project & Poster - Design & Make Project; Device, drawings and group presentation20.00
AssignmentGroup Project & Report - Design & Make Project; Device, solid model drawings, solid models and group report30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/09/2022


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