Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Design and Manufacture 1

Module aims

To introduce new undergraduate students to the practical elements of mechanical design and manufacture and to prepare them for the project work they must undertake in the 2nd and 3rd years of the course.  Teaching the full extent of the design process from customer brief through to conceptual and detail design.  The instruction extends to teaching practical manufacturing skills to enable students to make these designs themselves in the departmental workshops.

ECTS units: 10

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to: 

1. Convert a simple task brief into a preliminary Product Design Specification;

2. Produce a fully constrained and functional shaft for a transmission application;

3. Propose and select appropriate size fits and tolerances for a working mechanism;

4. Operate basic manual machine tools in a safe manner;

5. Create simple parts and assemblies using 3D CAD solid modelling;

6. Record and document complex product functions by means of annotated freehand sketches;

7. Produce industry standard engineering drawings both on CAD and by hand.

Module syllabus

Design process.

Sketching skills.

CAD solid modelling. 

Engineering drawing. 

Drive transmission design. 

Variation and tolerances.

Manufacturing methods. 

Basic workshop skills training.

Teaching methods

Allocation of study hours  
Lectures 31
Group teaching 45
Lab/ practical 53
Other scheduled 6
Independent study 115
Total hours 250
ECTS ratio 25


Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Grading method Pass mark Must pass?
Coursework Individual Exercise - CAD model 40% Numeric 40% N
Coursework Individual Exercise - Logbook 20%   40% N
Coursework Individual Exercise - Engineering drawings 40%   40% N
Examination CAD Progress Test 0%   0% N
Practical STW 0%   100% Y

Reading list

Core Reading

Supplementary Reading

Module leaders

Mr Graham Gosling