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 2

Module aims

This Design and Manufacture module offers students two major engineering projects in which to 
develop their skills and knowledge of engineering design. 
ECTS units:  10

Learning outcomes

Discuss and apply an appropriate design process to a specified design challenge

Suggest appropriate production processes for a range of metal, polymer and composites

Apply a range of product styling principles

Explore a fuzzy brief and determine areas for definition

Develop a detailed product design specification

Manufacture a range of mechanical components using machine tools to appropriate precision

Produce solid models and associated production ready technical drawings to enable production of a product with interacting components

Develop the detailed design and interactions of a series of machine elements

Apply a range of creative methods to a given problem to generate a range of alternative solutions

Plan and manage a project, cooperating within a design group, to meet specified milestones and deliverables.

Collaborate to communicate the project work outcomes.

Module syllabus

The design process

Product Design Specification

Computer Aided Design

Design for manufacturing

Equivalent stresses & failure criteria

Transmissions and Machine elements



Shaft design

Practical workshop skills

Conceptual design

Motors & Batteries

Design in Plastics


Intellectual property




Teaching methods

Allocation of study hours  
Lectures 30
Group teaching 31
Lab/ practical 30
Other scheduled 0
Independent study 159
Placement 0
Total hours 250
ECTS ratio 25


Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Grading method Pass mark Must pass?
Examination Conceptual Design Report 50% Numeric 40% N
Coursework Logbook 8% Numeric 40% N
Coursework Group Design Report 30% Numeric 40% N
Practical Prototype and Testing 13% Numeric 40% N

Reading list


Module leaders

Dr Marc Masen