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Unit information: Design Project 2 in 2020/21

Unit name Design Project 2
Unit code CENG20023
Credit points 30
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Morgan
Open unit status Not open

None, but the projects will require students to apply knowledge from a variety of Year 1 units


CENG20016 Design Methods 2

School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit gives students experience in:

  • Applying core engineering knowledge and knowledge of design process and methods in solving real-world, open-ended problems
  • Computational modelling and analysis using CAD and numerical modelling software
  • Prototype build and test
  • Carrying out a full design cycle from problem definition and requirements setting, through concept, embodiment, and detail design, to build and test of a prototype
  • Working as part of a creative design team

Through carrying out two open-ended design projects, the aims of the unit are to develop skills in:

  • Team working and time management
  • Self-directed learning
  • Creativity
  • Design trade-off and compromise
  • Prototype build and evaluation
  • Design communication

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Manage the freedoms and constraints of a real design problem.
  2. Organise a team and manage tasks, scheduling and budgets.
  3. Use a variety of design methods and tools to create and evaluate successful design solutions.
  4. Communicate design information clearly by oral presentation, drawing/model and written report.
  5. Reflect on personal and group design activity, including design process and the use of design methods and tools.
  6. Use a variety of practical tools and techniques to build and test a physical prototype.

Teaching details

  • Group design sessions in TB1 for students to complete their first design project
  • Group design/build sessions in TB2 for students to complete their second design, build and test project

Assessment Details

Formative assessment:


  • Reflective group design review
  • Assignment 1A) Concept design of a mechanical assembly to respond to a client brief, including problem definition, concept generation, and down-selection. This exercise will be carried out in groups of 4-6 and formatively assessed by oral presentation.


  • Reflective group design review

Summative assessment:

  • Assignment 1B) 40%: Concept refinement, embodiment and detail design of the mechanical assembly developed in 1A. This exercise will be carried out in pairs (or threes), and assessed by submission of CAD and numerical models, drawings, and a design report (ILOs 1-5).
  • Assignment 2) 60%: Design, build and test of an electro-mechanical assembly to respond to a client brief. Prototype build must be performed within the limits of available time, budget and facilities. The exercise will be carried out in groups of 4-6 and will be assessed by submission of a design report and associated CAD models and drawings as in Project 1, but also by demonstration and test of the prototyped solution and submission of meeting minutes (ILOs 1-6).

In both projects, students will be required to manage their own work, working in teams or pairs, to suit the outline timetable provided. Once group marks have been determined, variations will be applied to determine marks for individuals. These variations will be based on peer assessments, meeting minutes and staff observations.

The unit is 100% coursework, assessed through 2 design projects.

Reading and References

G. Dieter, L. Schmidt, Engineering Design, McGraw Hill, (various editions in library, TA174)
K. Ulrich, S. Eppinger, Product Design & Development, McGraw Hill (various editions in library, TS171)
D. Ullman, The Mechanical Design Process, McGraw Hill (various editions in library, TS171)
M. French, Conceptual Design for Engineers, Springer (editions 1 and 2 in library TA174)
H. Crispin, S. Gooch, Managing Engineering Design, 2nd edition, Springer, 2004 (in library TA174)
N. Cross, Engineering Design Methods, Springer (various editions in library, TA174)
S. Pugh, Total Design, 2nd edition, Springer, 2004 (in library TA174)
G. Pahl & W. Beitz, Engineering Design: A Systematic Approach, Springer (various editions in library, TA174)