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Unit information: Design and Manufacture 2 in 2020/21

Unit name Design and Manufacture 2
Unit code MENG26000
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Snider
Open unit status Not open

MENG16000 or equivalent



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


In this unit, students will learn core skills required to effectively design solutions to engineering problems. Taking a project-based format, students are supported by lecture and tutorial sessions while they work through a variety of realistic engineering problems and activities, each faced by engineers daily. Through the course they will learn processes and use tools that allow them to treat the problems set as would an industry engineer, will produce and iterate designs using a variety of methods, and evaluate and communicate designs and their performance.

Specifically, students will develop skills and gain experience in:

  • Analysing design problems and generating technical and non-technical information through a variety of methods
  • Using real-world engineering process and tools to develop high performing machines and products
  • Using processes and knowledge from other units and applying them in a design context
  • Communicating ideas, designs, and technical information effectively

Making decisions and working effectively with incomplete information in uncertain environments.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Identify (problem working) and develop (synthesis) required information using appropriate methods, including technical analyses, estimation, and research
  2. Recognise (comprehension) the constraints imposed by manufacturing processes and design (synthesis) components for manufacture
  3. Select and use engineering tools/processes (application) to develop designs and their process of manufacture (creativity/synthesis)
  4. Appraise (evaluation) design performance with respect to multiple criteria and develop design improvements and optimisations
  5. Identify the impact of design decisions (problem working) and justify (communication) rationale for those made
  6. Articulate (communication) technical design information using a variety of methods demonstrating best practice

Teaching details

The unit will have a blended learning approach incorporating a combination of lectures, seminars, and practical classes, as well as several self-directed exercises.

These will be delivered in 1 x 3hour teaching blocks per week.

Assessment Details

100% coursework.

The project will be assessed through a single coursework assignment, evidencing skills developed throughout the unit on a single design problem. Students will need to submit a group work portfolio including report and diagrams.

This coursework is supported through in-class exercises and quizzes.

Mandatory must-pass assessments will run throughout the year, in which students will demonstrate skills in each of the areas taught.

Reading and References

Bolton, W. Mechatronics: a multidisciplinary approach Prentice Hall 9780273742869 2011 TJ163.12 BOL
Lyshevski, S. Electromechanical Systems, Electric Machines and Applied Mechatronics CRC Press 9780849322754 1999 TK7881.15 LYS
McMahon, C. CADCAM: principles, practice and manufacturing management Addison-Wesley 9780201178197 1998 TS155.6 MAC
Budynas, R.G.and Nisbett, J.K. Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design McGraw-Hill 9780071328401 2011 TJ230 SHI
Pugh, S. Total Design: integrated methods for successful product engineering Addison-Wesley 9780201416398 1991 TA174 PUG
Childs, P. Mechanical Design Arnold 9780340692363 1998 TS171 CHI
Polak, P. Engineering Design Elements McGraw-Hill 9780077072490 1991 TA174 POL
Swift, K. Process Selection: from design to manufacture Butterworth 9780750654371 2003 TS183.3 SWI
Ulrich, K. T. & Eppinger, S.D. Product Design and Development McGraw-Hill 9780071086950 2012 TS171 ULR
Dieter, G.E. Engineering Design: a materials and processing approach McGraw-Hill 9780071326254 2012 TA174 DIE