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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MECH5465M Experimental Methods and Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Dr Sepideh Khodaparast

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

MECH 5565M Medical Engineering Experimental Design & Analysis

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module offers theoretical and practical training required for design of experiments and data processing to address engineering problems. Fundamentals of experimental design, data acquisition and statistical analysis will be discussed and opportunities to analyse, interpret and report realistic experimental data will be offered.


This module aims to equip students with the core skills and awareness required to undertake experimental research in mechanical engineering.

Learning outcomes
1. Recognise key issues when designing experiments and collecting data, concerning objectivity, reliability and repeatability;
2. Understand how to plan an experiment to answer a specific question;
3. Develop an understanding of data analysis and statistical analysis;
4. Develop skills on data visualisation techniques and demonstrate the ability to present data in a meaningful and concise manner;
5. Develop skills for reading and analysing published experimental research reports;
6. Demonstrate an understanding of key measurement techniques and data analysis tools in different areas of research in mechanical engineering.


The module will cover:
- Types of Experiments;
- Experimental design;
- Experimental measurements and uncertainty
- Error and statistical analysis
- Data interpretation and visualisation
- Overview of sample mechanical engineering measurement techniques
- Overview of sample mechanical engineering laboratory techniques

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Basics of experimental design, measurements and analysis are covered during the lectures and seminars. Students are expected to further review this material in private and independently. Additionally, related handouts and exercises are provided to the students at the end of each session. Students are expected to work on handouts independently using the material provided during the corresponding sessions. Students are then expected to engage during the interactive sessions by discussing the result of their reflection and/or analysis.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week.
Designated weekly office hour in which students can seek 1-2-1 support.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalLab report 120.00
PracticalLab report 260.00
In-course MCQClass test20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Lab Report 2 will constitute 80% of resit mark

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/10/2021 15:36:31


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