2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
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 2022/23
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesOn 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
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, two simple elastic band powered devices within which basic engineering science can be applied. This can include solid mechanics and use of simulation.
On line lectures introduce material on selection of standard components; NC processes and rapid prototyping.
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.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|In Course Assessment||4||2.50||10.00|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||1.00||1.00|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||2.50||2.50|
|Independent online learning hours||20.00|
|Private study hours||68.50|
|Total Contact hours||111.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyIndependent 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.
68.5 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 FeedbackAn online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week, plus a combination of MCQ quizzes.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||Design and Make Project 1 - Device||10.00|
|Group Project||Design and Make Project 2 - Device, drawings and solid modelsdrawings and solid models||15.00|
|Report||Design and Make Project 2 Group Report||15.00|
|Poster||Group Presentation of Design and make Project 1||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Written report required if either of the assignments are failed.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||1 hr||25.00|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||3 hr||25.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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