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Unit information: Computer Based Modelling 4 in 2018/19

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Unit name Computer Based Modelling 4
Unit code MENGM1411
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Renaud-Assemat
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This part of the course is in two elements. Firstly, the students will be introduced to Matlab through the use of self-guide workbooks and extended exercises problems within a supported-learning environment. The basic concepts of programming in Matlab, including loops, conditional statements, matrix manipulation, function definition and plotting will be covered. This is followed by an extended individual Matlab-based project, during which the student will develop a computer model of an engineering system. Examples of these included: traffic modelling and planetary motion. Supporting notes are provided.



To understand how to develop a computer model of an engineering system using the Matlab programming package. To increase their ability and confidence in the development of programs to model physical systems.

Intended learning outcomes


By the end of the course the student should be able to; Use loops and conditional statements, define functions, display computational results graphically using the Matlab programming package.

In addition students will be able to develop Matlab models for engineering systems.

Teaching details

  • The course will mainly be taught through self-study with supported-learning. There will be introductory lectures and laboratory classes to assist students with their projects and studies.

Assessment Details

Computing: MATLAB assessment (100%)

Reading and References


  • Hunt, B.R., A Guide to MATLAB: For Beginners & Experienced Users. (2006), 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521615658. ISBN-13: 9780521615655. Classmark: QA297 HUN
  • Hahn, B.D. & Valentine, D.T., Essential MATLAB for Engineers & Scientists. (2013), 5th ed., Oxford Academic Press. ISBN-10: 0123946131. ISBN-13: 9780123946133. Classmark: QA297 HAH.
  • In addition, Matlab's on-line help is extensively used.