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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MECH2636 Design and Manufacture 2

20 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr Andrew Jackson

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

Year running 2024/25


MECH1010Computers in Engineering Analysis
MECH1206Design and Manufacture 1
MECH1280Engineering Materials


MECH2610Engineering Mechanics
MECH2620Vibration and Control
MECH2640Economics and Management
MECH2650Mechatronics and Measurement Systems
MECH2670Thermofluids 2

Module replaces

MECH 2635 Design & Manufacture 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Prepare solid models, sketches, detailed and layout drawings.
2. Produce bills of materials.
3. Perform bottom-up and top-down design of mechanisms or assemblies using an engineering methodology, including preparation of simple specifications.
4. Apply Level 2 engineering science to students’ own designs and develop proof-of-concept prototypes.
5. Select appropriate standard components for applications and be able to discuss standardization and design knowledge reuse.
6. Understand and use a typical NC process to rapid prototype components.
7. Describe the iterative nature of design, in which the design evolves through analysis, simulation and test, into a concrete product definition.
8. Explain multiobjective design (DFX) and apply a design for assembly methodology.
9. Describe implementation of software with sensors and actuators with mechanical hardware.
10. Describe the need for trade-offs in product functionality.
11. Assess a design against simple financial criteria.
12. Practice project planning and appreciate team working.
13. Take into account ethical considerations such as sustainability issues, product life-cycle assessment when designing engineering products.
14. Explain the rationale of the engineering design choices they have made.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Describe a range of common manufacturing processes (e.g. bulk deformation, casting and joining processes) and use this knowledge to identify the likely manufacturing methods for a set of components.
2. Prepare simple sketches, detailed and layout drawings and interpret them as corresponding 3D objects, create complex assemblies.
3. Understand the principles of multi-objective design methodologies, and be able to apply a Design For Assembly (DFA) method to a simple mechanical assembly.
4. Apply Level 1 and 2 engineering science to students own designs and develop proof-of-concept prototypes.
5. Select appropriate standard components for a simple application and create a bill of materials.
6. Understand and apply real-time data acquisition and control to a mechatronic system that uses sensors and actuators.
7. Demonstrate problem solving, conflict resolution, project planning and team working skills.
8. Create good quality academic posters to disseminate their work.
9. Take into account ethical considerations for such areas as weapon development and autonomous systems and apply these ethical considerations to their Conceive Design Implement Operate (CDIO) activities.

Upon successful completion of this module the following UK-SPEC learning outcome descriptors are satisfied:

Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of their own engineering discipline and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively (SM3m)
Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques (EA2)
Ability to apply quantitative and computational methods, using alternative approaches and understanding their limitations, in order to solve engineering problems and implement appropriate action (EA3m)
Understand and evaluate business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics (D1)
Investigate and define the problem, identifying any constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations; ethical, health, safety, security and risk issues; intellectual property; codes of practice and standards (D2)
Work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies (D3m)
Apply advanced problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding, to establish rigorous and creative solutions that are fit for purpose for all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal (D4)
Plan and manage the design process, including cost drivers, and evaluate outcomes (D5)
Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences (D6)
Demonstrate wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations (D7m)
Demonstrate the ability to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs (D8m)
Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering, a knowledge of professional codes of conduct and how ethical dilemmas can arise (EL1m)
Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes (EL2)
Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills (P3)
Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources (P4)
Awareness of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement (P7)
Understanding of different roles within an engineering team and the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader (P11m)
Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities (G1)

Skills outcomes
- Workshop skills including the use of handtools.
- Use of CAD systems to build 3D solid models and create drawings.
- Engineering sketching.
- Selection of catalogue components.


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

A strip and rebuild of a simple mechanism such as a lock will introduce multiobjective design, and more specifically, design for assembly.

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

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
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment23.006.00
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

100 hours of independent study to prepare for examination and work on the theory for the design and build activities.
40 hours of recommended 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.
Minerva/TopHat quiz after each topic for the Manufacturing processes material.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentClass Test10.00
AssignmentDFA Project20.00
AssignmentBuggy Project40.00
AssignmentTurbine/Robotic Arm30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Attendance and bona fide attempts at each design and build or other practical activity are mandatory requirements for passing the module. Resit essay plus own design project/technical task.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:42


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