Module code: ENG3196

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 provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

GRUBER Patrick (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: H130

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG1064 Design & Component Production

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

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment


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

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
1 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of principles and methodology relating to product management, development and manufacture (SM1b, P1,EL2) K
2 Apply advanced strategies to problems in design automation and appreciate the assumptions and limitations inherent in their application (SM1b/m, G1) C
3 Describe the performance and characteristics of virtual product testing (EA2) K
4 Demonstrate understanding of manufacturing processes and appreciate their influence on structuring CAD models (SM3b/m) K
5 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

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)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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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 2019/0 academic year.