Engineering Design Project

Module aims

This course is a Design, Make and Test project in large groups taking place during the first two terms of the year. Students are required to create an electro/mechanical prototype device related to medical/sports/rehabilitation to meet the needs of an identified user group.

Specific aims:

  • To give students the opportunity to tackle a real design problem
  • To teach students the necessary engineering design skills
  • To apply learning from other modules to a practical challenge
  • To expose students to the wider application of engineering in society
  • To promote good teamwork and collaboration between students

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes - Knowledge and Understanding

  • Knowledge of structured processes and tools for design

  • Knowledge of manufacturing techniques and standard components

  • Understanding the design of electro-medical equipment

  • Understanding of how to communicate technical ideas and designs

Learning Outcomes - Intellectual Skills

  • Apply knowledge from all relevant lecture courses to optimise design concept

  • Apply knowledge of biological systems to create appropriate human/device interface

  • Apply knowledge from electronics courses to design systems and circuits

  • Apply knowledge from mechanics courses to analyse structures and modes of failure

Learning Outcomes - Practical Skills
  • Work successfully as a team on a practical task

  • Learn to build electronic systems and circuits

  • Learn to build mechanical systems and devices

Learning Outcomes - Transferable Skills
  • Work efficiently as a team in large groups

  • Learn to identify user/system requirements and develop specifications

  • Manage time-keeping to meet deadlines and deliver final prototype

  • Develop written, visual and oral communication skills

Module syllabus

Lectures are given during the first term and start of the second term on the following topics:

  • Transferable skills, including: Running a meeting, Presentation skills, Technical report writing, Poster design and Worker types

  • Engineering design process, including: Design process models, Planning, User requirements, Standards, Review and Risk analysis

  • Computer Aided Design (Solidworks)

  • Electrical design, including: Input, outputs and processing, Power, Enclosures, Hazards and Safety


BE1-HEEL-Electrical Engineering Labs, BE1-HBMOLE1-Biomolecular Engineering 1, BE1-HITM-Introduction to Mechanics

Teaching methods

Lectures: 8 hours
Study groups: 18 hours
Labs: 10 hours


●  Written report: Product Specification Document; 10% weighting; Written document on design specifications and user requirements
●  Presentation: Group Presentation; 20% weighting; Group Presentation of problem, design and manufacturing plans
●  Poster: Poster and Project Demonstration Event; 30% weighting; Production and demonstration of Poster and prototype at open event
●  Written report: Final Report; 40% weighting; Final project report detailing the design and testing of the prototype

Feedback : Feedback on progress to be given throughout the course with discussion sessions, and discussions between students and staff. Feedback on coursework comes through supervisors meetings, Blackboard and a feedback email covering points from all markers and reviewers. CW1 is a formative assessment with feedback covering changes recommended and final grades being provided on submission with the Final Report.

Reading list

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Module leaders

Dr Ian Radcliffe