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Unit information: Design and Computing in 2020/21

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Unit name Design and Computing
Unit code CENG10014
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Jeff Barrie
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Overall Aim: To introduce and develop some basic engineering design skills and develop key skills in some of the main engineering software packages.

Design: To enable students to develop an understanding of engineering design and to develop some basic design skills.

Computing: To enable students to develop an understanding of the role of computers in engineering and to develop some basic skills using a few key software packages.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will:

1. be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the environmental, economic, social, professional and interdisciplinary contexts, scope and purpose of engineering in delivering sustainable development;

2. be able to demonstrate an appreciation of how engineering fulfils its purpose through design as a process of individual and collective learning;

3. demonstrate ability to formulate and solve complex engineering problems at the conceptual and detailed levels;

4. demonstrate ability to plan and manage the design process, including an appreciation of the role of formal processes and codified design rules;

5. demonstrate ability in basic graphical communication (e.g. sketching and technical drawing), and in written and oral presentation.

6. have an understanding of the role of computation in engineering;

7. have developed basic skills in computer coding;

8. have been introduced to the use of MATLAB programming environment for engineering computation purposes;

9. be able to draft basic drawings and objects using CAD

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Formative assessments:

(ILO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Engineers Without Borders - Engineering for People Design Challenge: Posters and Presentation

(ILO 5) Peer assessed technical drawing exercise

(ILO 5, 9) CAD exercise submitted on Blackboard

(ILO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9) Design project concept stage-gate submission on Blackboard

(ILO, 6, 7, 8) Computing exercise submitted on Blackboard

Summative assessment: Single coursework assessment (100%)

(ILO 1-9) Integrated Design and Computing project report with drawing/computing files attached-submitted

on Blackboard. Students must pass both design (50%) and computing (50%) elements

Reading and References


• BSI Education. Construction Drawing Practice for Universities and Colleges (PP7319), 1989 (out of print, copies in Engineering Library-Bay 18).

• Jude D.V. and Matkin R.B. Civil Engineering Drawing, 1983 (out of print, copies in Engineering Library).Classmark T355 JUD

• Parker, M., “Engineering Drawing Fundamentals”, 1992, Nelson Thornes Ltd. ISBN: 0748715592 Classmark: T353 PAR

• Simmons, C., “A Manual of Engineering Drawing to British and International Standards”, 2012, 4th ed., Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0080966527 Classmark: T353 SIM


• Hunt, B.R., A Guide to MATLAB: for Beginners & Experienced Users, 2006, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521615658. ISBN-13: 97805521615655. Classmark: QA297 HUN

• Hahn, B.D. & Valentine, D.T., Essential MATLAB for Engineers & Scientists. 2013, 5th ed., Academic Press. ISBN-10: 0123946131.ISBN-13: 9780123943989. Classmark: QA297 HAH