DESIGN SKILLS - 2024/5
Module code: ENG2125
This module extends from the design modules in the first year. The basic CAE skills generated in year 1 were primarily CAD and in this module these skills are extended to include FEA (finite element stress analysis). This provides a computer based stress analysis alternative to the analytical stress analysis skills developed in other parts of this programme. Project Management skills will prepare students for a group design activity enabling them to specify, plan and monitor their progress. Alongside formal lectures the students will work in small groups on several short duration design projects to promote team work and put theory into practice.
This module will give students the skills and confidence to complete a larger group design project in a subsequent module.
Mechanical Engineering Sciences
SIDDALL Robert (Mech Eng Sci)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 90
Lecture Hours: 8
Tutorial Hours: 36
Guided Learning: 16
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Applications of computer based stress analysis in design (FEA)- 5 credits
An introduction to finite element analysis and the software package ANSYS; line area and solid elements, integration of CAD into the design process. Single parts and assemblies, modelling fibre-reinforced composite materials and a mini FEA modelling project.
Project Management - 5 credits
Project definition: what constitutes a project, the project lifecycle and requirements capture. Concept selection Project management: UK/international standards, work breakdown structure, resources and costs, Gantt charts, risk management, monitor and control. This knowledge will be applied during group design exercises and assessed individually through a class test
Group design exercises - 5 credits
Working in groups, students will be tasked with several short duration projects to complete. These will complement and reinforce the lecture topics, enable students to experience the process of engineering design and encourage efficient group working and team building.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Written assignment FEA||40|
|Online Scheduled Summative Class Test||Project Management class test||20|
|Oral exam or presentation||Group Presentation||20|
An alternative assessment to the group presentation and poster will be offered, consisting of an individual presentation.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the 3 key complementary elements of this module: FEA, Project Management & Design tasks
FEA is computer based and a written assignment based on the FE analysis of a product is the most natural assessment method.
Project Management (PM) is assessed initially in an online class test and then applied (and assessed indirectly) during group activities.
The design tasks are undertaken in groups. Two tasks Design Activity A and Design Activity B will be assessed through a group presentation and poster respectively.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
\Written assignment (FEA) [ Learning outcomes 2 ]
Online Class test (Project Management) [ Learning outcomes 3 ]
Presentation (group) [ Learning outcomes 1 and 4]
Poster (group) [Learning outcomes 1 and 4]
Formative assessment and feedback:
Formative feedback is given in tutorials and supervised group meetings Formative assessment of project management knowledge and presentation skills is given at the supervised group meetings. Written feedback is given on the FEA coursework assessment.
- develop further the understanding of the design process
- show the place of finite element stress analysis in this process
- provide an understanding of the complete engineering product development process from requirements capture through to end-of-life
- provide experience of team working
|001||Demonstrate an analytical approach to the design activity and participate in a professional manner||KCP|
|002||Apply the techniques of finite-element analysis using commercial software to the resolution of stress distributions in complex, loaded components||KCP|
|003||Understand the nature and context of project management in various circumstances and apply appropriate project management and project planning techniques||KCP|
|004||Work effectively in a group||KC||C16|
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 FEA ,and project management and engineering design process through lectures, computer laboratory classes, tutorials and group exercises.
This module is aimed at preparing students for a more complex design project undertaken as a group activity in semester 2.
The learning and teaching methods include:
FEA : 14 hrs (2hrs/wk for 7 weeks)
Project Management : 8 hrs ( 1 hr/wk for 8 weeks)
Design tasks : 22hrs (2hrs/wk for 11 weeks)
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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Programmes this module appears in
|Automotive Engineering (Dual degree with HIT) BEng (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedical Engineering MEng||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|
|Aerospace Engineering MEng||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mechanical 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 2024/5 academic year.