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, Make and Test Project

Module aims

  • To reinforce and integrate previously acquired knowledge, understanding and skills in Engineering Science, in Design, in Manufacturing and in Management, by practicing them in an engineering project.
  • To reinforce the acquired skills to select and implement appropriate analysis in the overall context of a small project with rigorous time and budget constraints.
  • To give students experience in project planning and management
  • To give students experience of team working.

ECTS units:    14   
Contributing to Course Elements: 14 to ME3-hCW Coursework

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Derive and explore the relationship between customer requirements and engineering attributes
  • Design machine systems and select elements to meet specified objectives
  • Analyse a given design formally, against specified requirements, and refine it appropriately
  • Prepare appropriate formal Budget, Health & Safety and Quality plans for a small engineering project
  • Manufacture components to engineering drawings
  • Exercise the key skills needed for team working on a realistic Design, Make and Test project

Module syllabus

Students work in groups of four or five throughout the year on a major design, make and test activity.

Projects can be from one of three sources:

  • Open projects: proposed by the Department. Students select 6 projects and will be allocated one project by the Course leader. Groups are formed of all students allocated to that project.
  • Team projects: proposed by Imperial Racing Green, including Shell Eco Marathon and Formula Student. The team will interview all applicants and will allocate students to projects.
  • Self-proposed projects: students propose a project idea and find a supervisor within the department willing to supervise it. Students are allowed to choose the students who will work on self proposed projects.  

Projects are designed to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills from ME1, ME2 and ME3; project must contain a significant element of Mechanical Engineering therefore, projects only containing elements of analysis, electronics and software are not allowed.

The group is required to develop the proposal as a Product Specification and Quality Plan, in collaboration with the Supervisor acting as client.It must also keep full records of the subsequent design, manufacture and test project in compliance with industrial standards.

A formal design review and progress report assist in project management.

Finally, the students prepar a final report and make both poster and oral presentations. The project culminates in the high profile DMT Exhibition.

Teaching methods

Duration: Full session. Expected effort group work:

  • 1-2 half days per week during Autumn term
  • 2-3 days per week in Spring term
  • about 2 weeks after Examinations during Summer term to complete Final Report, poster and seminar.

In total, about 350 hours per student is expected over the full period of hte DMT .

Lectures: Introductory Lecture, plus relevant lectures on project planning and related topics.

Projects: The project is undertaken by a small group to provide direct experience of team dynamics and work sharing. Projects usually involve both direct manufacture by the students themselves — using Faculty facilities — and extra-mural contracting. Tuition and guidance for each particular project is delivered by an individual member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering teaching staff who acts as Supervisor; additional specialists may act as co-superviors.

Summary of student timetabled hours for 2018-19








Taught Workshops 2 7 0
Total 11 8 1


Coursework (including progress tests, oral presentations etc.)

Submission date

Max. mark

Pass mark



Quality Plan

Grade/comment by supervisor




Formal Design Review Discussion during review before Progress Report 5%  

Progress Report

Grade/comment by supervisor




Log book

Grade/comment by independent marker




Final report

Grade/comment by markers




Engineering Excellence

Grade/comments by review panel





Comment by supervisor




Conduct of task 

Comment by supervisor







Notes on assessment:

  • Due to the diversity of DMT project activities, the distribution of marks between categories remains at the discretion of the Examiners.
  • Other than logbooks, seminar and Conduct marks, all assessed items are group submissions. Individual marks are derived using the Self and Peer Assessment scheme described in Guidelines for your DMT project (availble on the DMT Blackboard Page)
  • There are various mandatory elements of DMT that are not explicitly marked but non-attendance will result in a penalty applied to the Conduct of Task.

Module leaders

Dr Richard Silversides