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Unit information: Design & Manufacturing Principles in 2013/14

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Unit name Design & Manufacturing Principles
Unit code MENG11600
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Booker
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This course is in two main parts. First, students learn about the creation, interpretation and use of Engineering Drawing, including first and third angle orthographic projection and pictorial projection. A series of lectures and design class exercises support this part of the course. The second part is an introduction to Manufacturing Processes, including forging, casting, welding, brazing, soldering, fasteners, sheet metal working, machining and polymer processing. Several initial lectures, presentation skills class and videos support the early stages of this course.

The objectives of this first year course are to introduce:

  • The role of the design and production processes in engineering.
  • Graphical communication in design through an understanding and application of pictorial projection, orthographic projection and engineering diagrams.
  • The principles and capabilities of the main process groups: casting, machining, forming, joining, metrology, surface engineering and non-conventional machining.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:

LO1 - Be proficient in the creation of engineering drawings. LO2 - Be proficient in the interpretation of engineering drawings. LO3 - Understand the capabilities and limitations of the main production processing groups. LO4 - Disseminate technical material proficiently in both written and oral form.

Teaching details

Students receive a one-hour lecture for 8 weeks on Engineering Drawing to support the three-hour practical design classes for 6 weeks for Engineering Drawing exercises. Also each week, one-hour lecture/videos/presentations are conducted for Manufacturing Processes. Partly completed notes for the lectures are provided to save students having to copy all technical material during the lectures.

  • Comprehensive coverage of each topic, with examples, with extensive bibliography and reference to standards for further study.
  • Copies of all exercises used during the practical classes to support the lectures.
  • Assessment criteria used for presentations, written submissions and exercises.

Assessment Details

100% Coursework.

20% Engineering Drawing Exercise 1 on orthographic representation (LO1, LO2). 20% Engineering Drawing Exercise 2 on reading a range of engineering drawings (LO2). 20% Engineering Drawing Exercise 3 on creating an assembly drawing (LO1). 20% Manufacturing Processes Presentation, 20 minute per group assessed using a range of technical and presentational criteria (LO3, LO4). 20% Manufacturing Processes Written Submission, 6 page technical document (LO3, LO4).

Reading and References

Engineering Drawing:

  • 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).

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).