Module code: ENG2126

Module Overview

This module extends and applies learning from the design skills module in semester 1, as well as the basic CAE skills generated in year 1. The project provides an opportunity for the students to work on a group-based project and apply the engineering knowledge they have learnt to the design and manufacture of a customer specified product/system. Students will be given a design brief, a set of stock components and access to the workshop. Students will develop their project under supervision by an academic, working towards a contest/evaluation day at the end of the semester.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

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

Workshop Hours: 32

Independent Learning Hours: 76

Guided Learning: 42

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Working as a group, students will be assigned a project relating to their programme. Overseen by academic supervisors, the groups will develop a specification for the DME exercise, undertake a concept evaluation, and present their design process in an assessed presentation to other groups/academics mid-way through the semester.

After the presentation, the groups will produce manufacturing drawings, carry out a risk assessment, manufacture their product and then test it against key criteria including the original specification and environmental impact. Groups will also produce a final report, a poster and display their finished design.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Interim presentation covering design phase 20
Coursework Final written report 60
Coursework Design Performance Evaluation 10
Oral exam or presentation Exhibition Poster 10

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Design Project comprises a major group activity which allows application of design skills taught in short projects during semester 1, now applied to a semester-long project.

The major assessment is an individual written report submitted at the end of the project, but the project is also assessed through group marks awarded for a mid-semester oral presentation, the performance of the fabricated design and a poster displayed in an exhibition.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Interim Presentation, covering design phase [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4]

Final Assessment:

Written Report [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3]  

Design Performance Evaluation [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

Exhibition Poster [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4] 


Formative assessment and feedback:

Formative feedback is given in supervised group meetings, as well as during drop-in sessions and workshop time. Students will receive regular feedback in their group meetings, as well as feedback both from examiners and peers during the mid-semester presentation seminar.

Module aims

  • 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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an analytical approach to the design activity and participate in a professional manner. KCP
002 Analyse product design requirements and apply engineering science to their selected designs KC
003 Select manufacturing methods and materials and evaluate the final product and design procedures adopted KCP
004 Work effectively in a group KC C16

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Design, Make & Evaluate is undertaken as a group activity with weekly supervised meetings monitoring progress leading to CAD, purchase of materials and components followed by manufacture in the workshop and subsequent product development and testing.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Design Project : 76 hrs contact

 :2hrs/wk supervised group sessions + 1hr/wk drop-in

: 2hs/wk CAD computer lab tutorial

: Group presentation seminar

: 4hrs/wk workshop (32hrs w/s)

 :Design Exhibition / Poster Session

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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Other information


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 2025/6 academic year.