Module code: ENG3196

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

GRUBER P Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) MINI DESIGN PROJECT 60

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG1064 Design & Component Production

Module overview

Third year module for Automotive Engineering students

The process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception to manufacture is described through the use of a product lifecycle management (PLM) tool. Advanced CAD strategies of CATIA V5 for parametric-associative design of components and assemblies are explained and implemented with several examples. Knowledge-based engineering methodologies such as the integration of mathematical relationships are described and applied for design automation. Manufacturing-specific aspects are considered during component design and demonstrated through rapid prototype/CNC manufacturing of components. The concept of virtual product testing is introduced through several examples of integrated FE/CFD simulations.

Module aims

an introduction of the management of products from the initial idea to a manufactured part;

an understanding of advanced strategies and methodologies for 3D component design, evaluation and manufacturing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of principles and methodology relating to product management, development and manufacture (SM1b, P1,EL2) K
Apply advanced strategies to problems in design automation and appreciate the assumptions and limitations inherent in their application (SM1b/m, G1) C
Describe the performance and characteristics of virtual product testing (EA2) K
Demonstrate understanding of manufacturing processes and appreciate their influence on structuring CAD models (SM3b/m) K
Undertake a brief research topic on CAM processes and evaluate their feasibility in terms of limited volume/mass manufacturing (SM3b,SM4m,D4,D5,G1) KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes: 

Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems
Strategies for parametric-associative 3D CAD design
Knowledge-based engineering
CAM methods: CNC machining and rapid prototype
Virtual testing through integration with FE/CFD simulations

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce CAD/CAM principles through worked examples. This is delivered principally through lectures and tutorial classes and concludes with an independently conducted mini design project involving basic design, analysis procedures and manufacturing preparation.

The learning and teaching methods include:

2 hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
2 hour tutorial (in groups) x 11 weeks
Coursework project (12 hours)
Mini design project (18 hours)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of principles and methodologies as well as the ability to develop product structures and processes. The coursework element allows students to demonstrate that they can interpret a problem and present a solution clearly and accurately. The mini design project tests research skills and report writing as well as their ability to design a simple component such that it can be manufactured and made ready for physical test..

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework project             [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 ]        (12 hours)   {40%}
Mini design project              [ Learning outcomes 3, 4, 5 ]        (18 hours)   {60%}

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials
Written feedback is given on the coursework assessments

Reading list

Reading list for ADVANCED CAD/CAM :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering MEng 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.