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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MECH1206 Design and Manufacture 1

20 creditsClass Size: 320

Module manager: Dr Hamed YazdaniNezhad

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

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Admission to all UG MECH programmes


MECH1010Computers in Engineering Analysis
MECH1215Thermofluids 1
MECH1230Solid Mechanics
MECH1280Engineering Materials
MECH1520Engineering Mathematics

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to engineering design of simple assemblies using an engineering methodology, including preparation of simple specifications, sketches and a solid model using a CAD system, as well as hands-on manufacturing of a prototype using workshop hand tools


On completion of this module students will be able to;
• use handtools to manufacture a simple mechanical assembly
• Use measurement equipment.
• Use engineering sketches and CAD systems to build 3D solid models and create technical drawings.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Create and apply solid models and assemblies using a CAD system.
2. Prepare simple sketches, detailed and layout drawings and interpret them as corresponding 3D objects.
3. Explain measurement in the context of limits and fits.
4. Appreciate the capabilities and limitations of common manufacturing processes.
5. Produce simple bills of materials.
6. Perform bottom-up and top-down design of simple mechanisms or assemblies using an engineering methodology, including preparation of simple specifications.
7. Apply Level 1 engineering science to students own designs and develop proof-of-concept prototypes.
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.
10. Recognize the need for trade-offs in product functionality.
11. Practice project planning and appreciate team working.
12. Take into account ethical considerations such as sustainability issues and product life-cycle assessment when designing engineering products.
13. Explain the rationale of the engineering design choices they have made.

Upon successful completion of this module the following Engineering Council Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) learning outcome descriptors (fourth edition) are satisfied:
14. Select and evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to address broadly-defined problems. (B4)
15. Design solutions for broadly-defined problems that meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate. This will involve consideration of applicable health and safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards. (B5)
16. Apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of broadly-defined problems. (B6)
17. Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to broadly-defined problems. (B7)
18. Identify and analyse ethical concerns and make reasoned ethical choices informed by professional codes of conduct. (B8)
19. Recognise the responsibilities, benefits and importance of supporting equality, diversity and inclusion. (B11)
20. Use practical laboratory and workshop skills to investigate broadly-defined problems. (B12)
21. Select and apply appropriate materials, equipment, engineering technologies and processes. (B13)
22. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. (B16)

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills:
a. Teamwork/Collaboration
b. Interpersonal skills
c. Decision-making
d. Applying Creativity and Innovation
e. Planning and Mobilising Resources
f. Working and communicating with others
g. Applying Commercial, Ethical, Sustainable, Digital and Inter-Disciplinary Literacies
h. Computer Aided Design
i. Workshop practice
j. Design for manufacture


Basic engineering communication skills are learned individually through use of 3D solid modelling and 2D draughting using a CAD system. Sketching will be introduced and practised.

The module includes two team-based design and build activities:
1. A top-down, conceptual design.
2. Design and construction of, typically, a buggy or glider or other programme specific device, within which Level 1 engineering science can be applied. This can include simple mechanical and aeronautical principles and data acquisition.
3. Design and manufacture of a simple mechanical assembly will introduce students to manufacturing processes and their limitations, and to measurement, limits and fits.

Lectures introduce material on models of the product introduction process; manufacturing processes; measurement, limits and fits; assemblies; and bills-of-materials.

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.

This module will include a number of lectures/seminars on ethical issues related to the themes of this module and overall programme of study.

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

2 x Group Project Report
1 x Computer cluster in class test
1 x In class test

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours89.00
Total Contact hours111.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Quizzes after each topic

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2024


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