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Unit information: Design Project & Methods 1 in 2020/21

Unit name Design Project & Methods 1
Unit code CENG10011
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Jeff Barrie
Open unit status Not open

Mandatory for Engineering Design students only



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit introduces students to:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) using Fusion 360/Inventor
  • The design and production process, from creative/conceptual design, to sub-system and embodiment design of a product
  • The design of mechanical parts, structures and mechanisms

The Graphical communication representation of engineering design using computers, sketching and visual presentation; including BS8888 engineering drawing standards

  • The principles and capabilities of the main manufacturing process groups: casting, machining, forming, joining, surface engineering and non-conventional machining.

By undertaking an integrated manufacturing appraisal and ergonomic design project, the aims of the unit are to enable students to:

  • Build competence and confidence in using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) package to create mechanical parts, assemblies and manufacturing drawings
  • Experience and understand stages of an engineering design process
  • Acquire fundamental engineering design skills and knowledge for Design Project 2 and Design Methods 2 in the Engineering Design programme

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Create, edit and present solid CAD models of a wide range of mechanical parts including structures and mechanisms
  2. Describe the stages of a basic engineering design process, from concept to manufacture
  3. Create and interpret orthographic projection engineering drawings for mechanical parts and assemblies (using hand drawn techniques and CAD)
  4. Describe the capabilities and limitations of the main manufacturing and production processing groups.
  5. Present technical material in written, oral and visual form as an individual.

Teaching details

Classes will involve lectures, drawing and computer-based class tutorials and presentations. Students will be expected to complete some tutorial activities and review lecture material outside of class. The unit comprises of 20 x lectures, 30 hours of supervised drawing and computer-based classes (15 x 2hr sessions), 8 x hours of in-class assessment and around 30 hours of study/activities out of class (approx 1hr per week).

Assessment Details

Formative Assessment (ILO 3, 4 and 5): Mechanical Dissection/Artefact study; technical drawings/sketches and manufacturing appraisal presented in hand-drawn visual format.

Summative Assessment (ILO 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5): Design Project; 5-page design report produced in pairs including text, diagrams and calculations, presented with technical drawings and visuals generated in CAD, including a poster submission and short oral presentation (100%).

The unit is 100% coursework with no exam-based content.

Reading and References

Engineering Drawing & CAD:

  • McMahon, C. A. & Browne, J. (1998) CADCAM Principles, Practice and Manufacturing Management, Harlow Addison-Wesley (TS155.6 MAC).
  • Simmons, C. H. & Maguire, D. E. (1995) Manual of Engineering Drawing, Arnold (T353 SIM).
  • Parker M.A. & Dennis, L. J. (1992) Engineering Drawing Fundamentals, Cheltenham Stanley Thornes (T353 PAR).
  • S. Sorby & D.Lieu, An Introduction to Visualization, Modelling and Graphics for Engineering Design, CENGAGE Delmar Learning, 2008
  • Jorge Doribo Camba et al, Visualization and Engineering Design Graphics with Augmented Reality, SDC Publications, 2014

Manufacturing Processes:

  • Swift, K. G. & Booker, J. D. (2003) Process Selection: from design to manufacture. 2nd Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford (TS183.3 SWI).
  • Schey, J. A. (2000) Introduction to Manufacturing Processes. McGraw-Hill, New York (TS183 SCH).
  • Kalpakjian, S (2003) Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials. 4th Edition, Pearson Education (TS183 KAL).

Design, Sketching & Mechanisms:

  • N.Sclater & N.P.Chironis, Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, MCGraw-Hill, 2007
  • S. Pugh, Total Design, 2nd edition, Springer, 2004
  • G. Pahl & W. Beitz, Engineering Design: A Systematic Approach, Springer. 1996
  • P.R.N. Childs, Mechanical Design, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2004
  • A.R.Tilley, The Measure of Man and Woman; Human Factors in Design, John Wiley and Sons inc, 2002
  • Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur, Sketching: The basics, BIS Publishers B.V, 2011